Artist Statement 
I find inspiration in nature's dynamic forms, textures and sustainability. I adapted many Japanese philosophies within my art through my residency abroad, mentoring under Japanese master dyers. This inspiration comes alive through leatherwork, 3D printing, screen printing, photography, sketching, and shibori tie-dyeing. These skills come to life through my textile art and fashion design. I strive to use natural materials and minimize waste to mitigate the impacts of clothing consumption and production on both people and the planet. 

Raised by environmentally conscious parents with an agricultural background, Larissa developed a strong inclination towards sustainable living. Her passion for quality textiles and craftsmanship originated from her mother's family history of textile trade in the Middle East.
She received a Bachelor of Science in International Trade and Marketing, as well as an Associate's degree in Textile/Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (2007-2012). During her educational and professional experiences in the fashion industries of New York, Paris, London, Vienna, and Montreal, she witnessed firsthand the prevalence of unsustainable design and production practices. The industry prioritized profit and turnover rather than considering user needs, labor exploitation, garment life cycle, and environmental sustainability. Additionally, Larissa’s travels to Mauritius, Morocco, India and Italy provided valuable insights into local textile and production methods.
Recently, she completed my Master of Design, specializing in sustainable Japanese textile practices. The thesis was based on a one-year field study conducted in Japan from 2019 to 2020.
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