About the Artist
Maria Flora is a first generation American whose roots in Spain can be traced through a centuries-long line of strong and artistically creative women. From an early age, she watched her mother create exquisitely detailed custom wedding gowns, embellished with delicate lace, beads, and pearls. Her paternal grandmother taught her how to knit and crochet, perfecting old patterns handed down by previous generations. Both brave, immigrant women valued creativity, integrity, and fortitude. These values drive the design and construction of each piece Maria crafts.
With her family, Maria had many opportunities to visit the rural Spanish towns of her ancestors. During those visits she viewed first-hand the disappearing textile craftsmanship and metalwork that inspired her to create jewelry. Fascinated by the tactile appeal of woven textiles and the 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 as easily to formal wear as they do to a more casual setting. Though delicate in appearance, each unique piece embodies unwavering 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: hammered, folded, and forged into beautiful works of art; an homage to the bold and resilient spirit of the women she has known. The MARIFLOR JOYA woman is confident, independent, and complex. She 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; on runways in Massachusetts and 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”.