Rossella Campisi is a passionate solo traveller: be it mind travel through books and fantasy or real travels through the world, she is always ready to leave for a new adventure. Now she also decided to change the way she used to work in order to feel more free and fulfilled, two sensations that her travels left behind and that she is not willing to forget. After having worked as a theatre tailor and costumer for many years, she became self-employed, and decided to follow her dreams and believe in herself. She created Les Chats Ronronnent, a website where she displays and sells clothes for children, made using fabrics from all over the world. This is an activity that she will be able to carry on wherever she goes, with her sewing machine in tow.
Where are the roots of your passion for travels?
Since I was a child I have been attracted by far Countries. I imagined their colours, perfumes, landscapes, people and I dreamt with my eyes opened waiting for the moment when I would be able to find all that my imagination was creating. I think that the big amount of books that I used to read and that I still read deeply influenced my compelling desire for travelling and knowledge. And also my curiosity for what is far and the desire of feeling free, both sensations that travels satisfy.
Did a travel change your life?
Yes, absolutely. Three years ago, with a mad desire to change, I said goodbye to the life that, till that moment, I had built, and I left to South America for almost eight months. It was an incredible travel, that opened my heart and mind; took me back to give value to little things and be happy; took me back to enter deeply in contact with myself, with my fears and my limits.
It especially helped me to interpret problems on a real level, not only on an abstract and mental one.
Coming back from that travel, you decided to stop in the countryside in Cuneo, even if keeping doing short travels from time to time. Are you thinking about putting down roots or is it just a phase?
This is a difficult question! Sometimes I feel that it is just a transitional and discovering stage of a different way of life, slower and in contact with nature; a new consciousness to take with me towards new changes, since the push to them is always lurking! But sometimes I am willing to put down roots and stop my continuous search for something else…But I would better say that the latter is quite fleeting!
In this slower context you designed your project of tailoring. Could you tell us about that?
My passion for tailoring was born with theatre, where I have been working for many years, but I wanted to create something mine keeping, at the same time, my connection with that world full of colours, fabrics, shapes and handicrafts. So I had the idea of a tailor’s shop for children, less pretentious than us, the adults, and more willing to be surprised and have fun even just looking at a piece of fabric with an odd and smiling animal on. I draw all the models that I produce. They are unique items for male and female children. I also connected my passion for travel to this project. I chose fabrics that come from all over the world. On my website, Les Chats Ronronnent, I also linked every fabric to a tale from the Country it comes from, in such a way to create a specific suggestion around every single item of clothing.
Then it is an activity that you can make wherever you decide to be, since you have a sewing machine with you, is it?
That’s right. It was exactly what pushed me to become a self-employee, in order to do it wherever! In order not to be obliged to give up to possible changes for fear of having to leave the work and ask myself: “And now, what can I do?”. Finally, not to forget, travel is always a starting point for ideas and suggestions and this, for me, creates a bridge between sewing and creating. Having new incentives allows me to keep going my mind and push it always towards new ideas and sparks.