Born in Lisbon and based in Sintra, Cristina Fonseca has been a basket weaver since 1984. She started by dedicating herself to utilitarian and decorative basketry, mainly lampshades made with the pith of reeds. In 2012 she began to produce small series and unique pieces, exploring traditional weaving materials such as bulrush, chestnut and esparto, and sometimes incorporating less traditional materials, such as leaves, twigs, and other objects from the forest.
She regularly promotes workshops and training courses for public and private entities, integrating the group of trainers of CEARTE, IEFP. Her work has been included in several national and international exhibitions and, in 2022, she also curated an exhibition on Portuguese Popular Basketry in Salt, Catalonia, Spain.
Cristina integrated the training team of Fazer Bem and she taught bulrush basketry techniques to the participating women.