About

On my first jewelry class I was told that the only way to learn to make jewelry was to spend hundreds of hours on the bench working.

I dived in without really knowing at the time that it would become such a personal practice which truly changed my life, jewelry has given me freedom and it has taught me self determination, I can say that me and my work go hand in hand.

All those hours in the bench became a meditative practice where as the hands move,ideas become tangible, somehow questions are answered, there is growth through making and experiencing how different materials can be transformed.

Today I move around striving to learn more each day, I aim to create jewelry that is not merely adornment but that speaks for itself, a unique object with a spirit that when worn communicates and forms parts of your story.

You can also find me here:

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Blog: http://www.gravitando.wordpress.com

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/natiux

Personal page: http://www.facebook.com/nataliaraya

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37 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey….
    just happened to stumble over you today….

    and you know what …i really liked what you had in ur description…did go thorough some of ur blog entired..and they were just “feel good” ones🙂 enjoyed.
    and especially few videos..

    Cheers!.

    ~ with hopes of return.
    ~ Sanu

  2. Nice intro. You are pretty to boot.

    Anyways, am half a world away. Was walking through the blog jungle and stumbled across yours.

    Nice. Keep it going. You are your dream!

    Applies to everyone I suppose.

    Cheers Natalia. It was a pleasure reading what you have written.

    This line in particular is to my liking:
    “I don’t hide anything under my pillows..but i do sleep with 600 of them”

  3. Can’t find the pictures of photo book you made for George, but these are my impressions about it.
    Beautifully crafted collage that reveals wonderfully, poetic sensibilities to Time and Place. Feminine (angelic boy with superimposed wings, beads) and yet masculine (wood, leather, bleak terrain) The choice of fading daguerreotype, warm browns and grainy ochre mediums lend themselves perfectly to the thematic notion of transient time (clock with wings) As poet Delmore Schwartz said, “Time is the fire which consumes us. The use of the spiraling labyrinth on the cover, and its recurrence along the borders, reinforces the dizzying feeling of being caught up in a vortex of fleeting Time. The leaping girl with the parachute-like sheets is pure genius, and was totally unexpected. The image of what looks like maybe a dog in the lower right hand remains enigmatic and adds to the mysterious nature of the whole composition. And the UFO (unidentified flying object, star-like symbol) in the sky between the two old buildings is tour de force, cherry on top of the sundae. Anyway, fabulous composition. Molto gracie, muchisimas gracias for sharing your masterpiece.

  4. Pasarás por mi vida sin saber que pasaste.
    Pasarás en silencio por mi amor, y, al pasar,
    fingiré una sonrisa, como un dulce contraste
    del dolor de quererte… y jamás lo sabrás.
    Soñaré con el nácar virginal de tu frente;
    soñaré con tus ojos de esmeralda de mar;
    soñaré con tus labios desesperadamente;
    soñaré con tus besos… y jamás lo sabrás.
    Quizás pases con otro que te diga al oído
    esas frases que nadie como yo te dirá;
    y, ahogando para siempre mi amor inadvertido,
    te amaré más que nunca… y jamás lo sabrás.
    Yo te amaré en silencio, como algo inaccesible,
    como un sueño que nunca lograré realizar,
    y el lejano perfume de mi amor imposible
    rozará tus cabellos… y jamás lo sabrás.
    Y si un día una lágrima denuncia mi tormento,
    -el tormento infinito que te debo ocultar-,
    te diré sonriente: “No es nada… Ha sido el viento”.
    Me enjugaré la lágrima… y jamás lo sabrás.
    (José Ángel Buesa)
    I intented to let something from Octavio Paz, but… tomorrow is another day.
    Dan, Romania, http://danmihalache.wordpress.com

  5. The longest part of the journey is said to be the passing of the gate.

    Marcus Terentius Varro (116-27 BC)
    On Agriculture [De Re Rustica]

  6. ¿Tu leyó “Dos cuentos” de Yukio Mishima en español? Si no, busqúelo en mi “literature” sitio, también Faulkner’ s Una rosa para Emilia. Todo el mejor, Dan. (sory para mi apenas español)

  7. Dan ,

    Gracias por los poemas y citas tan hermosos que me has estado dejando te lo agradesco mucho!

    Me encanta una Rosa para Emilia.. Y tu espanol es muy bueno no te disculpes😀

    Has leido a Oliverio Girondo? Es mi poeta favorito..

  8. EXVOTO
    A las chicas de Flores
    Las chicas de Flores, tienen los ojos dulces, como las
    almendras azucaradas de la Confitería del Molino, y usan
    moños de seda que les liban las nalgas en un aleteo de
    mariposa.
    Las chicas de Flores, se pasean tomadas de los brazos,
    para transmitirse sus estremecimientos, y si alguien las
    mira en las pupilas, aprietan las piernas, de miedo de que el
    sexo se les caiga en la vereda.
    Al atardecer, todas ellas cuelgan sus pechos sin madurar
    del ramaje de hierro de los balcones, para que sus vestidos
    se empurpuren al sentirlas desnudas, y de noche, a
    remolque de sus mamas —empavesadas como fragatas—
    van a pasearse por la plaza, para que los hombres les
    eyaculen palabras al oído, y sus pezones fosforescentes se
    enciendan y se apaguen como luciérnagas.
    Las chicas de Flores, viven en la angustia de que las
    nalgas se les pudran, como manzanas que se han dejado
    pasar, y el deseo de los hombres las sofoca tanto, que a
    veces quisieran desembarazarse de él como de un corsé,
    ya que no tienen el coraje de cortarse el cuerpo a pedacitos
    y arrojárselo, a todos los que les pasan la vereda.
    Buenos Aires, octubre, 1920.

    ¿tu conjetura? Tengo todos sus trabajos, actualmente yo publicaré Oliverio en mi ” literature” sitio, ligado al ” architects united”; todo el mejor.

  9. Hey girl! Love the bio!
    LOVE the jewlery!
    I saw your post on Crafster.org!
    You inspired to make one!
    How can I add you as a friend?
    And How do I get your layout!
    It’s so simple, yet says so much.
    Take care nina linda.
    Ciao
    Xoxo

  10. Stumbled across your site and blog searching for a quote and was quite impressed with both your craft and your writing…. wow..

    Great job !

    Julie

  11. hey hey! I always love seeing your stuff when you post on Craftster, you have an incredible talent. Checked out your blog for the first time this afternoon and have spent the last couple of hours reading (when i SHOULD have been working!). i love your style, and your photos are great. I don’t know how you manage to get so much done!🙂
    cheers!
    acidtrix~

    1. Ahhhh you are great! I was looking at your blog and you ask me how I do so much? I do one thing and one thing only all day all the time, but seeing your site your paintings are as good as the jewelry and the mix media is just awesome

      Oh and I do that all the time at the end of the day I do some reading I stay reading blogs next thing I see is 1am and should be sleeping!

      I’m very happy you found me, I’m following your blog now!

      1. hehe i think there is an expression that applies to people like me: Jack of all trades and master of none😉 Every time you post something new I sit there and stare at it and try to figure out how you managed it. I think I really must look into some proper classes because I’m just guessing at what I’m doing! I’d love to be able to set stones, for instance🙂 one of my favorite things that you do is the detail you put on the backs of your pieces, it makes your work really special. The pendent with the balloon on the back was the first piece of yours I saw on craftster and it really stuck with me🙂
        I also admire your dedication to blogging. I find it really challenging to think of things to post on mine and usually end up throwing a bunch of stuff on there and then ignoring it for weeks. hehe I’ll try and be more consistent with it😉

  12. Found you while listening to last.fm music. You are realy a great designer. Wish you all the best, good ideas and success.

    Best regards

    George

  13. Hi, i am about to give birth to a girl (just a few days left). We are gonna name her Anais, because of the greatness of Anais Nin and the pureness of this name. I was googling for a nice quote and arrived on your site. Thanks for the nice picture of Anais, i never saw before.
    Whenever you are in Holland, feel welcome to say hi to our Anais,

    greetings family Blaauw

    1. Ohhh that’s so sweet! I love that name , I really do !

      Congratulations on your new baby! and Thank you so much for making me smile this afernoon!

  14. lo digo de verdad me encanto tu trabajo y las tecnicas ke combinas para lograr esas piezas tan hermosas seguire tu blog ke tambien esta muy original

  15. hehe i think there is an expression that applies to people like me: Jack of all trades and master of none Every time you post something new I sit there and stare at it and try to figure out how you managed it. I think I really must look into some proper classes because I’m just guessing at what I’m doing! I’d love to be able to set stones, for instance one of my favorite things that you do is the detail you put on the backs of your pieces, it makes your work really special. The pendant with the balloon on the back was the first piece of yours I saw on craftster and it really stuck with me
    I also admire your dedication to blogging. I find it really challenging to think of things to post on mine and usually end up throwing a bunch of stuff on there and then ignoring it for weeks. hehe I’ll try and be more consistent with it

  16. hi.. my name is sha.. im new to blogging and stuff.. and I wanted to be like you.. travel, finding what the universe has instore for us, and living life day at a time.. your creativity and ur jewelry shows your soul… peaceful,in connection with the stars and the universe..i hope to meet you someday..

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