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 :)

Sylvia Plath

 

 

I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.

 

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It is a feeling that no matter what the ideas or conduct of others, there is a unique rightness and beauty to life which can be shared in openness, in wind and sunlight, with a fellow human being who believes in the same basic principles.

 

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I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.

 

 

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Touching and seeing..

“Utopos” is a metaphor, a poetic manner to express ideas about the universe and about time. Not a very original subject but one that art has continued to query all throughout cultural history. Questions, an unsatisfied curiosity and perhaps the best way to get closer to an answer is through the senses, especially touch and seeing. The hand represents the humanizing aspect, the awareness of having to get closer to the knowledge, not overcoming it but understanding it. The black is the darkness where one has to look for the light.

Making life changing decisions and pushing evey second a little more

Well hello again, oh how I miss to write in my blog everyday, back when I was an office worker I wrote every morning.

These days I hardly touch the computer, but I am about to do something a bit crazy , a bit risky or just what I had to do as some say.

When I first quit my job, the idea was for me to have time, time to make jewelry, to be happy, to go for walks, to visit my grandma, get a part time job take it easy just go live day by day.

But then I found myself feeling better than ever, just thinking how good it is to be home and decided to now go back to working for anybody and just do my own thing.

Risky and well I wont be receiving a paycheck at the end of the month, and now I have to do jewelry for selling which means more pieces, repeat some and so on.

I did this experiment for a month and so far it’s been ok, I paid my bills,I’ve managed to not starve myself and well I’m at it.

Thinking and thinking about the future what all of this will bring, I talk to people that have online business and work from home and they do great, but agree that it’s definitely harder to push yourself to work when you are home..

This is just the beginning of my story, of my story as a self employed person , of someone doing what they love the most, my life is surrounded by jewelry my every thought is crazy but i feel really complete sitting down to make something new.

Most of my things I sell them here in my country and I am living out of this but I want to take it further so I will give more attention to the site ( www.nataliaraya.etsy.com )

The plan is to work at least 8 hours daily advertising, making things anything, is a one person deal so I pretty much do it all :D

Pretty soon I’m moving to a larger house so I can get my workshop in place and maybe even a show room, I will get internet there so I can write and post things everyday I got plans and plans and got a law that whatever idea i have I will do immediately i can just to push myself to go one step up every single day.

This all is pretty much my dream coming true little by little :D

Janis Joplin – Cry Baby.. and quotes..

 

This woman was sublime..

“I’m one of those regular weird people.

 

“I’m a victim of my own insides. There was a time when I wanted to know everything. I read a lot. I guess you’d say I was pretty intellectual. It’s odd, I can’t remember when it changed. It used to make me very unhappy, all that feeling. I just didn’t know what to do with it. But now I’ve learned how to make feeling work for me. I’m full of emotion and I want a release, and if you’re on stage and if it’s really working and you’ve got the audience with you, it’s a oneness you feel. I’m into me, plus they’re into me, and everything comes together. You’re full of it. I don’t know, I just want to feel as much as I can, it’s what ‘soul’ is all about.”

“When I sing, I feel like when you’re first in love. It’s more than sex. It’s that point two people can get to they call love, when you really touch someone for the first time, but it’s gigantic, multiplied by the whole audience. I feel chills.

 

“I gotta go on doin’ it the way I see it…I got no choice but to take it like I see it. I’m here to have a party while I’m on this earth…I’m gettin’ it now, today. I don’t even know where I’m gonna be twenty years from now, so I’m just gonna keep on rockin’, cause if I start saving up bits and pieces of me…man, there ain’t gonna be nothing left for Janis.”

 

Winter, 1931-1932 from The Diary of Anaïs Nin

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book(Lady Chatterley, for instance), or you take a trip, or you talk with Richard, and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom(when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this(or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death.The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Volume One 1931-1934

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I am because someone dreams me…

…. a man who sleeps and dreams and sees me acting, living and moving – and who is dreaming at this moment as I am speaking to you. When he dreams, I awake to life; when he awakes, my existence vanishes. I am a whim of his inspiration, a creation of his mind, a visitor in his nightly fantasies.

Giovanni Papini

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The amazing Theda Bara..

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Another Woman I admire..and look up to.

Bara was one of the most popular screen actresses of her era, and was one of cinema’s earliest sex symbols.. she made about 40 movies from 1914-1926 so in those times you can imagine people’s reaction when  in a number of her films appeared in risqué transparent costumes.

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I idolize woman that go against their time becoming a legend, ignoring the rules and just being themselves! she is is also one of the most famous completely silent stars.

I adore her on her role as Cleopatra.

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Back then they wanted to create an exotic background for actresses. The studios promoted Bara with a massive campaign, billing her as the Egyptian-born daughter of a French actress and an Italian sculptor. They claimed she had spent her early years in the Sahara Dessert under the shadow of the sphinx, then moved to France to become a stage actress. (Bara had in fact never even been to Egypt  or France.) They called her the “Serpent of the Nile” and encouraged Bara to discuss mysticism and the occult in interviews.

This is a great gallery where you can find more pictures of her http://silentladies.com/PBara.html