Born in 1932 in Covilhã, she trained in Textile Engeering at the University of Bradford, England and obtained a Doctorate in Letters from the University of São Paulo in 1998. She has been a technician and teacher in the area of textile design since 1956 at the Higher Institute of Art, Design and Marketing. In the early years of her career as a poet she regularly contributed to periodicals such as Cadernos do Meio-Dia, and compiled, with Maria Alberta Menéres, the collection Antologia da Novíssima Poesia Portuguesa. In 1966 she organised a second collection of experimental poetry, which brought together theoretical and literary texts aiming to highlight the phonic and visual potentialities of language. She is the author of a manifesto of experimental poetry, Proposição 2.01 - Poesia Experimental, as well as many works in the area of Design and Textile Engineering.