Teresinha trained initially as a Biologist and later studied for a City & Guilds in Embroidery. After learning about dyeing, she took up an allotment and started to grow woad, weld, madder and other plants that produce natural dyes. Recently, she started to grow fibre flax and she also rears several types of silkworms.
She has websites on natural dyes, fibres, spinning and weaving, handmade paper and greeting cards. She sells her products all over the world, and her websites attract 25 thousand visitors a week. She has a studio in the prestigious Custard Factory, which you are welcome to visit by appointment.
She is an active member of three Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guilds. She comes from a family with a long line of textile tradition and both her grandfathers were bespoke tailors. Her ancestors were weavers and lived near Erfurt in Thuringia - the heart of the woad industry in Germany – before emigrating from Germany to Brazil in the 1850s.
Before turning to textiles, she wrote a field guide to southern Brazilian birds and worked on a World Wide Fund for Nature project in the Amazon forest.