Gaja Meznaric Osole

Gaja is a designer, working in cross-disciplinary fields between design, ecology and participation. Through various interdisciplinary projects she explores ways of practicing design by embedding current societal needs as well as possibilities that have emerged from economical crisis and environmental depletion. She is a holder of a BA in Visual Communication, University of Ljubljana and an MA in Meta Design with the Goldsmiths University. She currently runs an NGO Trajna with her working partner Andrej Koruza. Their main interest lies in exploring multispecies dynamics by introducing new management strategies to invasive alien plants. In collaboration with the City of Ljubljana, Waste management company Snaga and others they initiated several R&D projects, where they look for their useful properties as a basis for setting up new circular economies. One of the outcomes of their creative research is a new paper alternative made from the invasive Japanese knotweed, which was launched in 2019 under the Notweed Paper brand (www.notweedpaper.com).