Alyssa Gerasimoff

In 2020 I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Furniture Design and Sustainability Studies. I am now in my first semster pursuing a master’s degree in Food Studies at NYU and questioning if I made the right decision. I have come to realize that I am a design thinker and perahps my masters degree should be in a design field.

I love to work in all mediums, 3D, 2D, digital and am always trying to explore new materials and technologies. I lived in Berlin, Germany for two years and after figuring out my career in NYC I hope to move back. If you want to add me to your team or offer some advice please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

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This piece was initially sparked by an interest in the spice trade and the importance of spices in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. However, as the concept developed the focus shifted from a general view of the impact of spices to focused specifically on my own family tradition and heritage. The literal survival of Russian people is heavily reliant on food preservation techniques, in particular, the use of salt to pickle produce and preserve meat through the long winter season. I didn’t grow up with many spices in my household, our food was focused on hearty flavors enhanced by the addition of salt.

I also wanted this piece to embody an unexpected reveal. For a past project, I researched the true extent of the economic divide that exists in Russia. Why is the financial gap so huge yet its presence remains unacknowledged? The tradi- tional embroidery embodies Russia’s facade as a culturally rich and artistically dense nation, but the new wood embroidery technique brings the piece into a contemporary context.