CONTEMPORARY NEW ZEALAND JEWELLERY
Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova
1. Bundle Earrings 2020, oxidized silver 925 $215
5. Knotted Chain Necklace 2020, oxidized silver 925, length: 65cm $320
Brooch/star flake - Sterling silver (oxidised), chirurgical steel wire $370
Ear Studs, 2018. Silver, fresh water pearls, nylon $180 pair
"I am interested in a glass as a material. By immersing myself in the process of working with glass I become aware of the tradition of glass working and of the skill required, which further heightens my interest. By working with glass using an oxygen-operated flame, as has been common in this field for many centuries, I am engaging with a long tradition, but bringing both the material and the traditional process of working it into a new context. During the work process, I learn how the glass reacts to different types of flame and to the hand movement. The novelty of this process drives my curiosity and becomes the basis for the resulting forms. I hope that just as the hot liquid glass demands from me certain kind of awareness, attention and a feeling of movement, so the finished jewellery object might also provoke this from its wearer. The function and wearability of my pieces are an essential part of my work."
Necklace, 2017. Glass, silver
Necklace, 2016, glass
Yellow 2016 Necklace - Glass
Red 2016 Necklace - Glass
From 2015 Groupshow
"Hands experiencing rapid change as the flame starts licking eye invisible crystals of glass. Too much of the sudden heat and explosion happens. You want to control it and you can't.
It becomes a dance where you have to observe, to feel and to let go of your 'partner' in order to unify in the beauty of the movement manipulation.
As there is no end to the light coming through the glass there is no defined edge between inspiration and intent. Process becoming inspiration and intent inspiring the process, not minding what happens.
Blues Necklace, 2015 Glass, steel based cord
Project 'Schmetterling' 2013
In this show, Fingers 2011 Graduating Students Award winner Kvetoslava Flora is further developing her relationship with newspaper as her source of interest. While past works have been concerned with the material and its physical possibilities, in this new body of work Flora looks at its personal meaning for her and its relationship to ideas of individuality, uniformity, the information given and information taken, the change which comes with every day and the correlation between each day in one country and another.
1, AU Brooch, Australian newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7.5x4x0.5cm (showing front and back views)
2, A Brooch, Austrian newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7.5x4.5x0.5cm
3, CDN Brooch, Canadian newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7x4x0.5cm
4, D Brooch, German newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7.5x4x0.5cm
5, FIN Brooch, Newspaper from Finland, silver, mixed media, 7x4.5x0.5cm
6, IRL Brooch, Irish newspaper, silver, mixed media, 6x3.5x0.5cm
7, ISR Brooch, Israeli newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7x4x0.5cm
8, I Brooch, Italian newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7x4x0.5cm
9, JO Brooch, Newspaper from Jordan, silver, mixed media, 7x4x0.5cm
10, NZ Brooch, 2013, New Zealand newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7x4x0.5cm, $440
11, PL Brooch, Polish newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7x4x0.5cm
12, SK Brooch, Slovak newspaper, silver, mixed media, 6.5x3.5x0.5cm
13, TW Brooch, Taiwanese newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7x4.5x0.5cm
14, TUN Brooch, Tunisian newspaper, silver, mixed media, 6x4x0.5cm
15, TUR Brooch, Turkish newspaper, silver, mixed media, 7x4x0.5cm
16, UK Brooch, Newspaper from England, silver, mixed media, 7x4.5x0.5cm
From 2011 Groupshow
"This group of work, 'Familiarity', is about noticing surface textures, and going on a journey with the materials. What does the material allow me to do? How many secrets will I get to discover? What presumed aesthetic rules do I allow myself to break?
Earrings, Newsprint, Perspex, mixed media, silver
From 2011 Graduates show
1. Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver
2. Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver
3. Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver
4. Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver
5. Necklace, newsprint, mixed media, nylon
6. Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver
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