Ayala Bar Interview
10 QUESTIONS WITH AYALA BAR
Borsykowsky: How long have you been a jewelry designer? After a career in theater
and interior design, how did you get your start in jewelry design? Where did
As to my formal education and training: there was enough of that, although I have to emphasize that my personal experience of playing with actual physical 'matter' over the years, was and still is, my main training.
Were you always artistic? Did you know as a child that you wanted to do something in design?
I've always known that I wanted to engage in the arts. In fact, I've been creating since I can remember. Yes, creativity has always been my direction, although I have to say that it's not as if I necessarily aspired to be a designer. In that era, the official status 'designer' was not as popularly recognized as it is today. I had no knowledge that this specific designation was an option, but artistry still was my aim.
Where do you get your inspiration?
From everything and anything. From day to day life: A random composition of food on a plate, a film I saw the other night, stuff scattered around the room, and so on. The list can be endless… But of course, above all, matter and material from which creativity becomes possible.
What do you enjoy most about this career?
I enjoy seeing the jewelry laid out in a trade show, at which stage I may sometimes experience a brief sensation of fulfillment. You see, during the creative process I have no prospect (nor do I have the desire) to actually be engaged in appreciation of my work. I need to build up a certain distance from the creative process in order to do that.
Who or what had the greatest influence on you as you developed as an artist, or did you always have your own style? How would you describe your style?
Artistic inclination was in my family. I started with mosaic-like creativity following a vivid childhood memory of my Uncle Moeez. He used to immerse objects in fresh cement: photos, sea shells, ceramic parts, evil-eye beads. As a child, this was fascinating. I was in awe. As a young adult, this memory surfaced and served as a reference. At that time, gold and silver dominated the world of jewelry, but I wanted to break loose and expand. Obviously, cement was not the direction, although I must admit that the concept of using adhesive to form a miniature collage of assorted stones and beads on metal parts wasn't that far from that childhood vision. Anyway, memories such as this gave me inspiration, and in a way, encouraged me to generate my own path.
What do you do for fun?
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Never ever stop playing, and not to be limited with concepts. The actual process is the way, whether it is successful or not, whether it turns up popular or not. If and when the creativity does result in accomplishment and/or critical acclaim, one should not surrender to the feeling of comfort. Such an attitude may result in loss of creativity.
How would you describe your creative process? What do you do at
work every day?
Who is your favorite artist? Musician? Writer?
When you started designing your jewelry, were you successful right
away or did it take a while to establish your brand? Did you ever imagine that
your jewelry collection would be sold around the world?
Thanks so much, Ayala!
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