It has been a long while since I wrote and not surprisingly, I am almost paralysed with indecision about where to start. So much to say! Two amazing, albeit exhausting months away. To deal with my paralysis, I will do the writing equivalent of a Skinner blend…I won’t set myself the task of writing a brilliant post that conveys all I want to say but will write several smaller posts that say one or two things. Let alone be brilliant.
Today I write about the kindness of strangers and Barcelona! And maybe it was the kindness of a not really stranger which is one of the reasons I loved Barcelona so much.
Cynthia Tinapple told me about Sona Grigoryan and Noelia Contreras, two talented artist from Barcelona here, here and here. I loved their work and when I knew I was going to be in Barcelona, possibly with some free time while the football was on, I emailed Sona and Noelia to see if we could connect. To our disappointment, Noelia and I could not get together (but we will!) but Sona and I did. She was amazingly hospitable, treating us to the most wonderful paella I have had, showing me her workspace (I will NEVER complain about lack of space again!!!) and then giving me an absolutely gob smackingly gorgeous necklace she had made especially! (Sona’s husband took the photos)
Sona shared about how inspired she was by nature and by the work of Gaudi, so much a part of the feel of Barcelona (and one of the reasons I chose to go to Barcelona en route between Malta and Nepal. Logical to me?!) Her work is so fearless and organic (look at her latest creations!!!!) and the piece I am now privileged to own reflects this. She wanted to combine elements of her home, Armenia, with elements of mine. The resulting necklace used an ancient Armenian manuscript juxtaposed with the famous shell shapes of our Sydney Opera House. I feel like a queen whenever I wear it and the day I wore it at Eurosynergy in Malta (strap yourself down…another breathless post to come!) I never tired of telling the MANY people who asked about my necklace the whole story. I reckon in five years, I would not be able to afford a Sona Grigoryan original!!! I will treasure mine because of its great beauty and because of the wonderful memories it brings.