Eva van Strien is a transdisciplinary eco* designer and researcher, activist, animist and conservationist based in the Netherlands. Eva wears many different hats and by doing so she can create an opportunity to gain new, in-depth insights that lead to innovative visions and creations. To introduce a new regenerative design approach to contribute to urgent socio-cultural and socio-ecological problem solving. By doing so she aims to create a new design awarenes embedded in Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the teachings of the wise Natural world.
*Ecology is a term derived from Greek, meaning the study of (inter) relationships between living beings.
Eva considers design as a powerful tool to reshape the bio-social relationships between humans and Nature, humans and plants. Her work translates into ways that question our perception and encourages to go beyond a naïve understanding of the intelligent natural world. Eva is dedicated to create a different approach to future design and well-being regarding our inner and outer ecosystem. Developing ethno-horticultural dialogues by cultivating kinship between humans and Nature, humans and plants. Celebrating the sensory richness of the land. Bringing new narratives to bridge the human - Nature divide.
Above all, Eva is a wonderer, she marvels at the extraordinary, the wondrous moments, the ephemeral like we used to when we were a child. The intelligent natural world moves her deeply every day, and gives her a profound sense of inter-being, meaning, inspiration and determination.
"Remember the gifts and lessons of Nature in a world where we've forgotten how to hear her voice"
~ Robin Wall Kimmerer