Alisa Ruzavina is a fashion and textiles designer, who recently graduated from Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Print in 2018. Her work focuses on creating ways in which clothing and textiles can serve as catalysts for co-design, positive social change and increased care for the environment, as she believes that these aspects cannot exist without each other.
Alisa's signature colourful and upbeat style uses bold relatable imagery to break down complex spiritual and ecological concerns of our time, encouraging the use of clothing and textiles as a tool for activism accessible to all. Her sustainability-driven approach is also reflected in carefully sourced and treated materials for all of her work, only using discarded and organic sources.
Ruzavina will present her own radiant collection "Love Bomb", as well as her recent collaborative collection "Stories from the Faraway Land: Armila", fully co-designed with a local community from Guna Yala, Panama. Collection is part of the bigger project she is running in the village, helping a group of 30 indigenous artisan women to set up a textile cooperative, and researching ways in which craft can be used as a tool for climate change education and action for both the makers and the viewers. The project is possible thanks to the support from British Council Crafting Futures scheme.