Eva Seminara inherited the mantle of a bookbinding shop founded in 1966, located in Palazzo Brazzà in Udine. She became its proprietor in 1999, with a desire to preserve the artisan character of the workshop whilst adapting and modernizing some of its equipment.
Her liberal education and great love of books led the artisan-artist to breathe new life into them, with refined bindings of a traditional nature or in a contemporary style, through the utilization and insertion of uncommon materials.
Eva Seminara always likes to look for new and different solutions, experimenting with forms and materials with great creative freedom and technical mastery. She takes her inspiration directly from the materials, and from the practices of construction connected with them: wood, steel, resin, furnishing fabrics, paper, canvas and leather are combined and harmonized in many different types of binding, creating unprecedented effects and new objects. All of them one-off pieces or produced in very short runs, and all handcrafted at her Legatoria Moderna on Via Zanon.
She regularly gives lectures and speaks at conferences on the subjects of bookbinding and the arts and crafts and holds workshops to introduce the public to this world. Her works have been shown at innumerable joint exhibitions. To mention just the most recent: Sua Maestria at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Pavia and L’Artigian Ingegno. Gli artigiani dell’Artistico raccontano Leonardo Da Vinci in Udine, both in 2019; Il velo di Tisbe in Udine and Florence in 2018; Lo Splendore della Grande Venezia in Udine, Bassano del Grappa and Trieste in 2017; while in 2018 she collaborated on the organization of the 6th Rassegna Internazionale Biennale sul Libro d'Artista ‘Come un racconto’ at the Museo Etnografico in Udine.
In 2012 she was awarded the title of Maestro Artigiano, and in 2014 her bookbinding shop was recognized by the Friuli-Venice Giulia Region as a ‘Scuola Bottega Artigiana’ for the competence and dedication she has shown in promoting her craft and handing it down to new generations.