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Letter to a Lady in Paris – Julio Cortázar

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When I think i’m about to vomit a rabbit I put two fingers down my throat like an open set of tongs, and I wait until I can feel the warm hair rising like the fizz of an alka-seltzer. It’s quick and clean, it all happens in an instant. I remove my fingers from my mouth and with them a little white rabbit comes dangling by the ears. The rabbit looks happy, it’s a perfectly normal little rabbit, only exceedingly tiny, as small as a chocolate rabbit except for the fact that it’s white and most definitely a rabbit. I place it in the palm of my hand, stroke its fur with my fingers; the rabbit seems happy to be alive and hoovers about burying its nose in my skin with that quiet, ticklish gnoshing of a rabbit’s nose on one’s hand. It looks for something to eat so I (i’m referring to when this used to happen in my house on the outskirts of the city) I take it out to the balcony and place it in the big pot with the clover i’ve planted especially. The little rabbit pricks up his ears as high as they go, grabs at a clover with a quick swirl of his snout, and I know then that I can leave him there and go off, continue with a life that’s no different to that of so many other people who purchase their rabbits from farms.

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“De Cuando en cuando me ocurre vomitar un conejito. Cuando siento que voy a vomitar un conejito, me pongo dos dedos en la boca como una pinza abierta, y espero a sentir en la garganta la pelusa tibia que sube como una efervescencia de sal de frutas. Todo es veloz e higiénico, transcurre en un brevísimo instante. Saco los dos dedos de la boca y en ellos traigo sujeto por las orejas a un conejito blanco. El conejito parece contento, es un conejito normal y perfecto, solo que muy pequeño, pequeño como un conejito de chocolate pero blanco y enteramente un conejito. Me lo pongo en la palma de la mano, le alzo la pelusa con una caricia de los dedos, el conejito parece satisfecho de haber nacido y bulle y pega el hocico contra mi piel, moviéndolo con esa trituración silenciosa y cosquilleante del hocico de un conejo contra la piel de una mano. Busca de comer y entonces yo (hablo de cuando esto ocurría en mi casa de las afueras) lo saco conmigo al balcón y lo pongo en la gran maceta donde crece el trébol que a propósito he sembrado”

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Broken Mirror

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I gave myself the task to turn little dollhouse frames in metal, this is the first piece I´ve made but I I am really looking forward to make some brooches as well :)

What is broken is not lost.

Sometimes when something is broken we take it for granted and decide it doesn’t serve it’s purpose anymore, it just will never be the same even if it’s fixed, really overlooking the inmense potential everything can have, with this series I would like to invite you to think twice next time something (or someone) broken crosses your path.

 

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Porcelain, sterling silver, watch parts, leather.1511351_10152238687989232_7320078597456547955_n10374936_10152238687999232_8008898001763973669_n10329255_10152238687919232_7751936936848341162_n
10356218_10152252065109232_8181508685432290414_n 1545198_10152252065304232_3296440846504374789_n I asked to purchase this goat and the salesman in the antique shop took it and looked at her with that “what could I possibly charge for this” face and gave it to me saying : ” You can have it , it´s broken anyways”

Sterling silver,peridot.

 

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Because who is perfect?

Hello!

I haven´t written a proper blog post in about 8 months, in those 8 months so many things have happened and I don´t want to bore you with random stories, it is actually better to summarize and tell you I have been living life with all it´s arrays of upside downs, in short:

  • Moved to a new city, the first two months where as bit lonely which is always good for soul searching, and as always adapting is a bit hard, but I think after bouncing from place to place so much I am becoming a pro.
  • Took my workshop out of my house,best decision ever, makes it easier to arrange a work schedule, I am way more productive this way.
  • Moved from flat to flat  and studios a total of 4 times, madness! but I am quite peaceful and settled now.
  • Had my heart broken.
  • Took loving care of my heart and I am happy to announce it is it´s happy beating self again.
  • Have attended 4 workshops with amazing jewellers who really have helped my perspective on jewelry making.
  • I am inmersed in work, this time enjoying every aspect of it.
  • Reading, researching and studying, it´s been wonderful.
  • Made lots of new friends, new plans, I can actually say I finally feel at home in Spain after almost 3 years of being here.

I will be sharing a few experiences in the next few days and process photos of the work I have been doing, if you follow me on facebook you probably have seen some of these pieces but I have felt the need of explaining a bit more, the process is quite important  sometimes even more than the final piece, and well I remembered I had a place where I used to write about all this! 

See you soon.

 

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Casa March

A while back I did a post about “Ateliers” 

Well this weekend I had the chance to visit the real thing… 

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Let me just say, this place is a combination of things I love, history, tools, goldsmithing, enameling and woodwork.

For an hour an a half I had the joy of listening to stories, of seeing rooms filled with inviting corners, so many tools! 

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This is a live in workshop, so there is a beautiful antique house to go with it, where some looms where placed and he mentioned how when it was active, he remembers his aunts threading gold for the costumes of the Saints, while the men made jewelry for priests, enameled pieces for churches, etc.

We are talking of hundreds of years, making this place so magical, so intriguing .. would you like to see it in action? I recommend the blog: http://valenciarte.blogspot.com.es/

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You can see all the photos I took over here

Needless to say I had a pretty good weekend :)

Cierra los ojos.

I was part of an excercise where we had to work with wax blindfolded,  the teacher explained how by just closing our eyes our other senses get to work.
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He mentioned how a blind person sees the world, how a piece of jewelry in this case should be interesting to the touch, should have certain flow where the fingers will follow..

We made a lot of pieces and had a blast, at a point we even had to talk to each other with our blindfolded eyes to totally forget what we were doing and to just let our hands go.

Then, opening our eyes and  seeing the results…. wow! so many different shapes and pieces that at least I know I would not have made any other way.

This one was my favorite.

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Since this kind of work literally drives me crazy with joy, I just couldn´t wait to make a piece with it.

It is a small reminder.

“Cierra los ojos”- “Close your eyes”

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Commandments

Back in Business.

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This is the way I found my poor bench after a two month absence, even though it was covered dust found it’s way inside it.

After a whole day or washing, yes washing… buckets of water for the floor,soap, many moments of : ” ohhh, I forgot I had this” … of taking things up, taking things down, throwing many things and welcoming the new ones from the trip, those that remind me of home and that will keep me strong.

It ended up being halfway decent.

So grabbed these stones…

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And here is what I made..

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Oh, and the tiny mushrooms.. for fun!

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And then I opened the shop, took a bunch of photographs of the new work and sat down to list and list ( for a very long time ) and well you can see some of it over here at the site: www.nataliaraya.com  and to see the new pieces as they are finished the fb page, which is actually what I update  the most : www.facebook.com/nataliajewelry

I am officially back in business. * Insert short happy little dance here .. **

 I really am grateful for my job and soon I will have more limited time to do it, life is ever-changing and it is leading me to do some arranging in my use of time and focus, a season of hard work is coming I will tell you about  this new road in a upcoming post… anyways  I am really cherishing it every one of these last few days, where I can  adjust how and when I work.

Thank you for reading!

To be one with nature.

Do you imagine having this as your backyard?

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In Costa Rica you can!

I guess if you have lived here for a big part of you life, you can sometimes take for granted how unbelivably beautiful this place is..

This is the backyard of one of my closest friends, she invited me to come over for a few days to come and  breath some pure air..

Let me take you out for a walk, look:

 

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My feline tour guide shaking his head:

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What do you think?

If you are around CR and would like to see what she is doing to bring some of this place to the city, click here.

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