Anna Pyrkosz

PhD, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts. A clothing designer, head of the Studio of Textile and Fashion Design in the Department of Exhibition and Multimedia Spaces Design. Graduate of the Faculty of Interior Design at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Received her doctorate and post-doctorate degrees in Fine Arts in the Artistic Discipline of Design Arts from the Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.
Her professional experience includes 25 years of her own design activity as a founder of companies: Pracownia Odzienia Artystycznej FAMA and LEN Design. Author of over 100 original collections, numerous exhibitions, exhibition projects, winner of many awards, including the Best Designer of the Year in Poland.
Since 2014, head of the Textile and Fashion Design Studio. Coordinator and supervisor of the following projects of the National Centre for Research and Development, which she initiated and co-authored: 'Art of Enterprise' 2008-2013, 'Profession - Clothing Designer: 2016-2020, Designing the Future" 2018-2022 and participation in the Integrated Development Programme of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow", 2019-2023. Her main areas of interest are: new technologies in contemporary textiles, and the use of VR technology in the design process.

"Clothing, is the space closest to human beings, being an expression of social belonging, a kind of communication code, a testimony of the times we live in. Fabric is an omnipresent material  in our lives, and contemporary textile industry is a field where science and technology meet creativity. It is our task as teachers, while preserving the sensitivity of future designers, to equip them with new tools that allow them to push the boundaries of their imagination and make their visions of the future a reality".