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Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova

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"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."

From 2017

Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova

Necklace, 2017. Glass, silver
Earrings, 2017. Glass, silver

Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova

Necklace, 2016, glass
Necklace, 2017, glass, silver
Necklace, 2017, glass, silver
Earrings, 2017, glass, silver

From 2016

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Yellow 2016 Necklace - Glass

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Red 2016 Necklace - Glass
Blue 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.

Talking about making somehow doesn't fulfill the beauty of the actual act."
Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova

Blues Necklace, 2015   Glass, steel based cord
Blues Earrings, 2015   Glass, silver


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.

Practically, this has meant collecting newspapers from the different countries where they have been written and printed so that they keep their originality and the feeling of their origin. The painterly effect created on the surface of the pieces is based purely on the kind of newspaper being used and each piece is constructed exclusively from the papers of one specific country in order to imprint its individuality in the 'visual texture' which is unique to that country. Flora unifies them all through the specific and recognizable shape of the butterfly which she has chosen for its symbolic meaning and because the butterfly shares similarities in fate with newspaper in both its lifespan and fragility.

In 2012 Flora won the Danner Prize and she is currently continuing her jewellery studies at the Academie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, Germany while continuing to exhibit her work both nationally and internationally.

"I had to stop and reflect..... and then I had to do it."
Kvetoslava Flora, Munich, 2013

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1,  AU  Brooch,  Australian newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7.5x4x0.5cm (showing front and back views)


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2,  A  Brooch,  Austrian newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7.5x4.5x0.5cm


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3,  CDN  Brooch,  Canadian newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7x4x0.5cm


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4,  D  Brooch,  German newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7.5x4x0.5cm


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5,  FIN  Brooch,  Newspaper from Finland, silver, mixed media,  7x4.5x0.5cm


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6,  IRL  Brooch,  Irish newspaper, silver, mixed media,  6x3.5x0.5cm


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7,  ISR  Brooch,  Israeli newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7x4x0.5cm


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8,  I  Brooch,  Italian newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7x4x0.5cm


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9,  JO  Brooch,  Newspaper from Jordan, silver, mixed media,  7x4x0.5cm


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10,  NZ  Brooch, 2013,  New Zealand newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7x4x0.5cm,  $440


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11,  PL  Brooch,  Polish newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7x4x0.5cm


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12,  SK  Brooch,  Slovak newspaper, silver, mixed media,  6.5x3.5x0.5cm


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13,  TW  Brooch,  Taiwanese newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7x4.5x0.5cm


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14,  TUN  Brooch,  Tunisian newspaper, silver, mixed media,  6x4x0.5cm


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15,  TUR  Brooch,  Turkish newspaper, silver, mixed media,  7x4x0.5cm


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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?

For me, jewellery does not stand completely separated from other creative forms, or from everyday life. I like Margaret West’s approach of placing jewellery alongside everyday phenomena finding poetic links. It engages logic yet also is born from intuition."
Flora Sekanova, 2011

Earrings, Newsprint, Perspex, mixed media, silver
Brooch, Newsprint, paint, mixed media, silver

From 2011 Graduates show

Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova

1.  Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver

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2.  Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver

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3.  Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver

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4.  Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver

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5.  Necklace, newsprint, mixed media, nylon

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6.  Brooch, newsprint, mixed media, silver

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