Alisa Ruzavina (she/her) is a community & ecology-tending interdisciplinary artist, designer and facilitator. Her curiosity lies in creating conversations and collective experiences in the public realm that playfully explore alternative forms of knowledge, opening possibilities for sustainable place-based ways of relating, making and being that bring us closer in communion with the Earth and one another.
The aim of Alisa’s work is to share the power of ecological joy, kinship and wonder, with focus on intercultural and interspecies exchanges and rituals that nurture a sense of belonging within diverse communities. All her work is essentially activist, centring the development of the ecological, imaginal & civic self in urban dwellers.
Alisa’s socially-engaged practice spans across textiles, public art, sculpture, costume, ritual, immersive and celebratory experiences, feasting, community and participatory art. She is an experienced facilitator and educator, having worked with numerous groups of diverse ages, abilities and needs. She sees workshops as a transformative artistic and healing medium, as a platform for gentle activism, and as a potent space for embodied practice of new paradigms, mindsets and values. Alisa often brings in craft making, co-design, intentionality, visioning and time with plants as pillars to her facilitation practice.
Alisa holds a BA in Fashion Design with Print and MA Material Futures, both from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where she is currently an Associate Lecturer at The Design School. Alisa is a ranger for London National Park City. She is a life-long apprentice in Earthly animacy and kincentric worldviews. She lives, works, and wanders on the banks of London’s river Lea marshlands, who are her greatest teachers.