A darting dragonfly alights on a lily pad made of bright fabrics framed with sterling silver. The whimsical design by Israeli artist Ayala Bar draws on inspiration found in layered North African jewelry, Indian printed cotton, and the natural world.
Dragonflies, graceful symbols of change and adaptability, are our mascot at Petalura. It’s not until they emerge into their adult form that they become the iridescent and agile creatures we admire. This double-strand necklace also includes a petite sterling silver honey bee charm, a symbol of hard work and its sweet rewards.
About the Artist: Ayala Bar For Israeli artist Ayala Bar, designing jewelry is an act of creative matchmaking. Inspired by the materials themselves—beads, crystals, fabric, metal—she is forever testing combinations and contrasts until suddenly the mash-up of colors, textures, and shapes comes together as a harmonious addition to your jewelry collection.
“Combining beads with soft tassels, matte textures with shiny metals… I was actually selling miniature artifacts,” Bar says of her earliest designs from the 1980s. Her grandmother, who emigrated to Israel from Afghanistan in the 1920s, remains a strong source of inspiration.
In the 1990s Bar traveled to India to look for beads and instead fell in love with silks and printed textiles. She sometimes incorporates fabric fragments into her jewelry collages; at other times she uses digital reproductions of the patterns that allow for even more design possibilities.
Always curious and willing to experiment, Ayala Bar has developed a style that is at once recognizable to collectors, and yet never static.