Cristina began as a self-taught artisan and has been working professionally since 1984. She creates innovative objects, with a contemporary aesthetic, using bunho, rush marrow, wicker, and chestnut wood. She divides her time between producing and selling her pieces, and training and carrying out hands-on workshops.
Artisan’s certification from CEARTE
The interest and admiration for the craft, combined with a sudden need to work from home, were the basic ingredients to take on this art. Since she was forced to basically start learning on her own, her approach to basketry is also quite free and experimental. She creates innovative objects, with a contemporary aesthetic, using bulrush, rush marrow, wicker, and chestnut wood, and mixing different fibers and techniques in one piece – be they of artistic or more utilitarian nature. The material follows the object. She divides her time between producing and selling her pieces, and training and carrying out hands-on workshops.
Cristina’s workshop is located within the area of her home in a 200 year old house in Sintra, a very humid countryside area outside of Lisbon and close to the ocean. She has a space for the storage of materials she buys or wild harvests, and the workshop area is around 4m2, with good natural lighting. As it is in a fairly urbanised area, Cristina doesn’t have space or conditions to grow her own materials. Her workshop is also closed to the public, and is only visited very rarely, by appointment
According to the plant she is weaving with she uses different techniques.
Especially lampshades in rush marrow and occasionally rush marrow furniture but from 2012 onwards Cristina has dedicated herself mainly to making small series and unique pieces, although still very much focused on lighting.