Inspiration from the Far East and Precision of an Art Restorer: Rossana from Lausanne

Hi from Zurich!

Last weekend I went to visit a friend in Lausanne who is from the Italian Canton of Tessin, Rossana: 100% Swiss artist.

She is into craft a lot and recently she was experimenting with tissues and needlecraft. Here I show her new sewing artifacts that look amazing! Probably because of her previous experience as art restorer, she has a care for details and a precision that look already …so professional!

Here the interview, that it was in Italian, I hope that nothing will be lost in translation… ;-)

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Ale: Which are your passions Rossana?

Rossa: Everything that makes me feel good, like cooking new and exotic things and sewing, even if it is very little time that I have started with that. I like also to go to the cinema, gardening when the seasons allow me. And I am constantly looking for new ideas for the house.

Ale: Beside from sewing, are you doing some other crafty activities?

Rossa: Yes, I am following a course of watercolors. I am having fun discovering the several combinations of this medium.

Ale: Your fabrics are very colorful and the combinations very unusual. My compliments! Where do you find your fabrics?

Rossa: here in the Canton Vaud I go to  da Modesa (Lausanne) or to Les Perles (Morges). (f.y.i. there is a Modesa shop also in Zürich).

Ale: What does characterize your style?

Rossa: ah ah, it is too early to speak about style…  But I like everything simple and linear with a special touch. I’m still missing my style, but maybe one day, chissà…. I’m sensitive to the essential Scandinavian design, to the liberty fabrics so “british” and to the elegance of the Japanese couture.

Ale: Mmm…I looks like you already have a style! I saw you made a watercolor tools case and a small telephone case, besides the very simple but detailed pillow. So, I am curious: Which are your next projects?

Rossa: I would like to start to sew a dress or accessorizes for the house… A big challange! Affaire à suivre :-)

Ale: How did you get close to the needlecraft?

Rossa: When I was a girl I was strangely really clumsy with the needleworks. Though I had grandmas around me very skillful with knitting equipment and needles, I was not so interested in sewing. One day I blew the dust off my sewing machine in a moment of need. Until then I had only used it to repair cloths and make linings. I was looking for a watercolors tolls case but I couldn’t find it. Then I told to myself: what if I made it with my hands? It started like that… :-)

Ale: Thanks Rossana for the interview. I hope soon to have you again as a contributor for a tutorial or a new artifact. Good luck and keep crafting!

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♥Contributor: Rossana from Lausanne♥

She is a chef librarian in Lausanne. She has experience as an art restorer in Italy and Switzerland. She lives with the french boyfriend in a cosy apartment with a balcony full of plants. Besides her sewing artifacts, she also uses fimo, felt fabric and wool.

Interview and photos from Ale.

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