Irina / Age 22 / USA —> LDN, UK / Art & Design Student / Proud Nerd / Aspiring Nomad / Detail Sponge / Stuff Maker / Bread Breaker / Record Keeper / Hazard Seeker / Thought Jotter / Scheme Plotter
Wandercrush celebrates whole foods & the whole wide world, inspired by the change in seasonal ingredients available after relocating to London from the sunny state of Florida. I suffer from a serious case of wanderlust and use the kitchen to satisfy these wander crushes, one recipe at a time, until I save up enough for the plane ticket.
Whether it’s a poster, a chair, or the letter “w”, successful design demands sound ethnography. Luckily, the human race is a fine (and often amusing, bemusing) specimen. The more I soak up during both travels and day-to-day life, the clearer it becomes that food is a perfect vehicle to communicate differences—and consistencies—across cultures. I hope to learn and share a little bit about unvisited countries or relive my favourite moments abroad, whether by reinterpreting what farmers ate for breakfast in the 1800s or recreating a sweet treat I sampled from a street stall last summer.
Preparing global recipes sustainably by using locally sourced and seasonally available ingredients allows me to do this whilst paradoxically becoming more rooted in my current country of residence. Seasonal substitution (and student budget!) necessitates creativity; the kitchen is an extension of the studio.
You’ll find nuggets of geeky kitchen science, some pretty pictures, relevant historical context, occasional rants about that “sustainability” buzzword, travel anecdotes, the odd etymologic bit, & a designer’s slant—which goes further than italicising important words.
An interview with Alexandra Whiting for This Place Here.
A meal with photographer Hollie Fernando here.
A brief interview with Gourmandize UK here.
Below are a few things from my desktop/kitchen arsenal that I get questions about.
A lot of may seem too fancy and unaffordable, but you don’t need an amazing camera model to take successful photos. I used a Canon Rebel XTi for 6 years before upgrading to my 7D in January (and I still haven’t saved up enough for a decent fixed lens!). Post-production in Photoshop/Lightroom is just a habit from being an art student for many, many years. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the technical bits.
- Canon EOS 7D (Body Only)
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Lens
- Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
- MacBook Pro 13″
- Adobe Photoshop CS6
- Adobe Lightroom 4
- OCD Chopping Board