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VIRGINIA VITTOZZI

VIRGINIA VITTOZZI
VIRGINIA VITTOZZI
Photo by Ilaria Magliocchetti Lombi
VIRGINIA VITTOZZI
VIRGINIA VITTOZZI

During a period of forced rest, Virginia took off a sock and, taken by the urge to at least move her fingers, she began sewing. This was the start of her first puppet doll. She has always had a creative temperament. As a child, she wanted to become an actor or writer. It was in her father’s printing press, in Bellegra, that she discovered the pleasure of manual skills. “There were still movable types and Dad put the lead letters together – it was beautiful to watch him. I used to go there after school to build things and there was a room full of paper off-cuts”. She enrolled at the Sapienza University in Rome, where she developed a passion for the works by Bruno Munari and Enzo Mari - two designers that moved closer to the world of children, by adopting a child’s creative approach. She attended the School of Photography and Cinema in Rome, and worked for a few years as an architect and then as a fashion photographer. After having tried many jobs and art genres, she found her way to bring together her passions, which were by then competencies, in a sock. The most prosaic of all accessories. A brilliant intuition: unifying the practical with the superfluous, to create, by using a common object - and the most trivial of objects - a modest, yet dainty puppet doll, which all children love. Virginia is always on the lookout for a sock, “I love them, and I buy them everywhere!” she stuffs them and stitches them, “I feel like an artisan.” She invents a character and writes a short biography to go with it. “I have always been drawn to how children think,” as she talks to me, she becomes animated. And she’s right. Children’s shrewdness sometimes appears almost suspicious. One day, Virginia’s little three-year-old nephew took hold of one of the “sock puppet dolls” and stated, “his name is Podobis!” Yet the child still knew nothing of ποδός and of the ancient Greek…

The story has been written by Anna Giurickovic Dato, writer.
 

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