Maria F. Rodriguez
Artist and Jewelry Designer
Only by understanding the artist’s journey can one understand her body of work. As a first generation American, Maria Flora’s roots reach centuries back to Spain where she is a part of a long line of strong and artistically creative women. From an early age, she watched her mother design and create beautifully detailed custom wedding gowns,
embellished with delicate lace, beads and pearls. Her paternal grandmother, meanwhile, was teaching her how to knit and crochet, perfecting old patterns handed-down by previous generations. Both brave, immigrant women valued creativity, integrity and fortitude and have inspired the design and strength exhibited in Maria’s work.
With her family, Maria had many opportunities to visit the rural towns of her ancestors and to view first-hand the disappearing textile craftsmanship and metal work that inspired her to create jewelry. Fascinated by the tactile appeal and craft of woven textiles and the designs and longevity of metal, Maria was determined to preserve these memories of her ancestors through her work. Her stunning woven and crocheted, pieces, fabricated from silver and gold-filled wire, lend themselves easily to formal wear but are equally suited to more casual, elegant settings. Although seemingly delicate in appearance, each unique piece is unyielding with an inner strength and grace, much like the woman who wears it.
Maria’s edgier, urban pieces speak more overtly to the grit and courage of women. These pieces have gone through the fire, been hammered, folded and forged into beautiful works of art- an homage to the strength and resilience of the women she has known. The MARIFLOR JOYA woman is a strong, independent, resilient and complex woman who is not afraid to make a statement.
MARIFLOR JOYA has been featured in galleries, private shows, and art festivals in New England and New York, and on runways in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and in New York City’s Fashion Week 2017 Runway. Her work was selected for the 2013 Lark Publication, "Showcase 500 Art Necklaces”.