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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 :)

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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These days..

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

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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An Iconic Snapshot of love and an era

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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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