Eva is the manager of Vissinggaard and was educated as a teacher. Eva has worked
with basketry since 1983. She has taught basketry and organized courses
full-time since 1989.
Eva has exhibited in France, Germany, Holland, Canada, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland,
Scotland, Ireland and Denmark
as well as participated in craftfairs in KIC in Århus (Denmark), Risør in Norway
and Vallabregues, France. In 2003, 2004, and 2005 Eva Seidenfaden has exhibited
in the Greenhouses in the Botanic Gardens of Århus as well as Copenhagen, Denmark.
Eva travels around the world to all sorts of basketry festivals, symposiums and
get-togethers, she meets with fascinating and interesting personalities within
basketry in order to gain knowledge, techniques and inspiration for the
Eva has initiated Baskets4Life. Baskets4Life
consists of ten basket makers and designers from Denmark.
Eva and Baskets4life is planning the Big Willow and Basketry Day - Revival and Final taking place on May 7 and 8, 2016, at Vissinggaard.
Lately part of her attention has been focused on spiral basketry from Dordogne in
France and Burkina Faso in Africa. She teaches these and other
techniques world wide.
The book "The Art of Basketry - The Perigord Technique
and Tradition" was published in 2003, and it describes these techniques.
Since 2006, Eva has been very involved in working with women and weaving in Burkina Faso.
She has set ahead a production of shopping baskets.
The name of the project is Yajibelena. Contact Eva.
A later challenge has been a weaving project in the Northern Province in Zambia. The project
is funded by Lumwana Mining Industry with focus on designing and weaving, creating new jobs
and turnover for local basket makers. The project was initiated with Ane Lyngsgaard from Denmark.
The organisation of the project is run by Josephine Makondo from Luwaka Enterprises Ltd.
The Ingcebethu programme in Zimbabwe uses contemporary design
and collaboration between Danish and Zimbabwean basket weavers to create a basketry dialogue
and increase livelihood opportunities. The exchange includes field workshops in Zimbabwe as
well as travel to Denmark by key weavers and members from Lupane Women's Centre. The programme
ran from 2014 to 2016. The programme was organized by The New Basket Workshop in
South Africa and Lupane Women's Centre in Zimbabwe.
Tatinga is the name of a basketry collaboration between Ane Lyngsgaard, myself and Mumwa Craft Ass. in Mongo in Western Province in Zambia in 2016.
Tatinga is the local word for weaverbird. The designs of the baskets are inspired by the random weave of the weaverbird.
Tatinga baskets were launched at ZADS (Zambian Art and Design Show) in Lusaka in November 2016.
In 2017, a new project will start with Mumwa Craft Ass. og Nzito (interior design centre and outlet in Lusaka), led by Nicola Swinnerton and 3 instructors including Anelma Savolainen from Finland, Ane Lyngsgaard and myself from Denmark.
The project is sponsored by the Finnish Embassy in Lusaka.