Originally from Slovakia, Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova has studied jewellery both in New Zealand and at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich, Germany. She’s worked in a wide array of materials over the years and been selected for a number of prestigious awards including Talente in 2011 and Schmuck in 2016.
"I am a maker of jewellery and objects. I make to raise awareness about the miracle of our existence… and because I just love it".
Pendant DAY - oxidized sterling silver, silk $315
Pendant NIGHT - oxidized sterling silver, silk $315
Earrings INBREATH ~ OUTBREATH - sterling silver $230
Earrings NIGHT SKY - oxidized sterling silver $250
These pieces are a reflection on the recent events in the world. They prove that not only brooches but also a simple form with primary purpose to be adornment well fitted for the body, for the lobe, can carry a deep emotions and story behind.
Faith, Hope, Freedom and Countdown combine direct symbolism with feelings and emotions. They can be as much my story as a story of anybody else. Visual language becomes a bridge between different understandings of each person.
Faith, oxidised stg silver $195
Hope, oxidised stg silver925 $250
Freedom, stg silver $230
Countdown, oxidised stg silver $250
This year I am sending the following pieces which are inspired by the symbolism of today's iconic signs like ‘smiling face, X or good-luck’ for the wedding day. The pieces are very literal and easy to read for anyone.
Smiling Face brooch 2021, oxidised silver 925, freshwater white pearls $640
Smiling Face earrings 2021, oxidized silver 925 $230
Good Luck necklace 2021, oxidised silver 925, freshwater white pearls, thread $725
P.S. brooch 2021, oxidised silver 925, freshwater black pearl $600
1. Bundle Earrings 2020, oxidized silver 925 $215
2. Hammered Round Earrings 2020, oxidized silver 925 $180
3. Tangled Drops Earrings 2020, fine silver 925 $215
4. Two Chain Earrings 2020, oxidized silver 925 $215
5. Knotted Chain Necklace 2020, oxidized silver 925, length: 65cm $320
6. Rhythm Choker Necklace 2020, oxidized silver 925, length: 48cm $320
7. Three Chain Necklace 2020, oxidized silver 925, length: 76cm $320
Brooch/star flake - Sterling silver (oxidised), chirurgical steel wire $370
Earrings/oval - Sterling silver (oxidised) $215
Necklace - Sterling silver (oxidised) $390
Chain earrings - Sterling silver (oxidised) $250
Stud earrings/round - Sterling silver (oxidised) $205
Stud earrings/arrow - Sterling silver (oxidised) $205
Ear Studs, 2018. Silver, fresh water pearls, nylon $180 pair
CAT, DOG, MOUSE, CLOWN, PUNK WITH EARRINGS, ANGEL
"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
Earrings, 2017. Glass, silver
Necklace, 2016, glass
Necklace, 2017, glass, silver
Necklace, 2017, glass, silver
Earrings, 2017, glass, silver
Yellow 2016 Necklace - Glass
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."
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
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?
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
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