About me!

about me


My name is Bobbi and I am an illustrator and designer.

I’m bad at writing bios. I know I should use this space to promote myself and try to be interesting. The truth is, I don’t think that I’m exceptionally interesting. The only exceptional thing about me is the vet bill I seem to be always paying. 

Yes, I’m a cat lady and a very proud one. I’m a rescuer, hence the vet bills.  Right now I live with six indoor cats, one dog, and twelve outdoor cats. That number is ever-changing, though.

And Yes, Cat Cottage is a real place, it really exists and it’s where I live. It’s a very old country cottage lost in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by green fields, cows, and chickens. All animals are safe here, it’s a peaceful place.  

I was born and raised in downtown Milan, but I always knew I wasn’t going to live there forever. My dream as a child was to own a mini-farm by the lake or the sea, rescue animals, and make a living working from home as an illustrator. Cat Cottage isn’t exactly by the lake, but Lake Garda it’s only 20 minutes away. 

After working years and years like a slave as a designer for big companies, and after closing down my own shop that I had for four years – which almost killed me – I decided to send everything to hell and follow my crazy dream of drawing from home as an independent illustrator. 

I’ll never go back to be an employee, that’s for sure.

I love books. I am always wearing old shoes and my t-shirts are usually full of mended holes because I hate to shop. I don’t care about clothes. When I say I go shopping, it means I am going to the bookstore or to the music store. If I am awake, there is some music playing. Who am I kidding, I play music to fall asleep too. Yes, music is my obsession.

I love movies, with a soft spot for classics, historical, and costume films. I love history.  Everything that is related to the past fascinates me. I hate to go shopping because there are no long dresses with corsets in stores nowadays. Today’s fashion is boring. The funny part of all this is that I have a diploma from a fashion design school.

I’m curly and I cut my own hair. I pull my hair into a high ponytail, then I slide the elastic band to the point I want to cut and I cut it. I do it with attention, love, and care, not as a depressed teenager who self-punishes herself. I chose to be my own hairdresser because there is apparently no living hairstylist that doesn’t want to make me look like Jon Bon Jovi in the eighties.

I’m single. I still have to find a guy who likes someone who cuts her own hair or wears a t-shirt with holes. Or maybe I can’t find such a guy because I have never searched for him. And maybe I have never searched for him because I know I’d never find him since my standards are pretty high. Take Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version with Colin Firth), add a good dose of Paul Newman, some Michael Fassbender here and there, mix it all and, ta-da, you have my perfect man. Yes, I know, I’ll die a spinster. And a happy one. 

Welcome to Cat Cottage!

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  1. Paolo

    Ciao Bobbi.
    È da un po’ che “gironzolo” nel tuo sito.
    Mi piacciono molto le cose che fai.

    Sto per chiederti una cosa che è “leggermente” fuori tema, abbi pazienza.

    C’è un animale che mi piace particolarmente: l’asino.

    Non sto a raccontarti come mai, ti dirò solo che l’ho visto in azione con alcuni bambini… beh non avrei mai potuto immaginare. Era solo ignoranza la mia.

    Credi che sia fattibile per te, decorare con un asinello una delle tue tazzine?

    Grazie e buona giornata Bobbi


    1. bobbi

      Ciao Paolo! Ho in programma di aggiungere altri animali al sito, prima però devo finie tutte le cose che ho nel cassetto. Se continuo ad accumulare non ne esco più. L’asino è tra i miei animali preferiti, dunque sarà sicuramente uno dei protagonisti, ma non ti so dire quando… in ogni caso lo vedrai.

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