Once upon a time...
a little girl called Mayte was born on an island in the Mediterranean Sea, Eivissa.
I was the youngest of three children. We lived in a house in a quiet neighbourhood which was full of children. I remember my childhood as a time of games in the street; we used to spend the time under or even in the trees. Our favourites games were catch, hide and seek or something with the other neighbours. We always walked to the school although it was two kilometres away.
When I finished primary school I studied Fashion Design in an Art School. At that time my mother had another baby which was a happy event in our family and I was not the youngest any more.
After a few years studying in the Art school I decided to go to Valencia to finish my studies. So I lived two years in there for, it was exciting to live in a city on my own. Nothing was the same anymore; I felt I was not a child any longer (obviously I was wrong).
When I had finished fashion Design at the age of eighteen I didn’t feel able to work in a company and it didn’t have many offers to do it, so I went to Barcelona to carry on studying. That time I studied Printed Design in the Art School of Barcelona. I found a part-time job in a leather company and I went to school in the afternoon.
I was living in Barcelona when I started a small fashion business with a friend. We made and printed dresses and sold them in to shops in the city. That was a very busy and exciting moment in my life. We made everything by hand. It was a very craft job and we loved it. We didn’t earn a lot of money but at least I could pay the rent and save some money to invest in our little company.
One day I had the chance to go to get practical experience in a company in Amsterdam and I didn’t hesitate. That wasn’t a real fashion company; they bought clothes, copied and produced in Korea or Pakistan.
Though I didn’t enjoy that job, I loved Amsterdam and my life there; I met a lot of people from all over the world. I was also working for a while in a restaurant and I used to ride my bike to go everywhere. That was a very special time in my life; I keep in touch with some friends from Amsterdam.
One day I decided to come back home. Since I’m back in Eivissa I have had a lot of jobs, some were related to fashion, but I didn’t love any.
Three years ago I decided to study again; I wanted to do something related to psychology or pedagogy and I found the UIB, where I could study Special Education, which I didn’t exactly know what it was. But once I started I loved every subject.
Now I am in the third year and though it’s getting hard I hope to finish it in September or February, because I have applied to go to Peru in summer and this may delay the graduation. Once I have graduated I hope to find a job as a teacher soon and I would enjoy working with children in to a school and putting into practice all the skills I have been learning over these years.