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About

Vilma Luostarinen

vilma@luostarinen.co.uk

 

I'm a London-based artist and food experience designer. I create menus, meals, installations and workshops that explore how food and eating can form dialogues between human and natural world, and nurture more imaginative, caring and sustainable ways of coexistence.

In my view, human and planetary wellbeing are one and the same thing. While the planet is warming up and ecosystems are collapsing, people are burning out and struggling with stress-related issues. My work explores the healing properties of food, and how rituals of eating can put us back in touch with nature and its rhythms.

I use mainly plant-based, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, and minimise waste wherever possible. However, I’m equally interested in the psychological dimension of sustainable development. Any lasting behavioural change must start from within ourselves, how we feel and think about food and its origins, and our position within the natural world. That’s why stories, art, creativity, imagination, play, beauty and poetry are vital if we are to make food sacred again.

I have a masters degree in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins. and have previously worked with The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, National Trust, V&A, Rocket Food, Elysia, Bompas & Parr, Hendrick's Gin, Wellcome Collection, Open Age, The Collective, Vision Forum, London Design Festival, The National Museum of Science and Technology Stockholm, Hestercombe Gardens, Göteborgs Konsthall, Röda Sten Konsthall, Norrtälje Konstmuseum, and Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.