Throughout her creative career, Zara has worked as an actress, prop-maker, glass artist, jeweller and curator and has participated in over 100 exhibitions since 1999.
Most recently Collins has been acquainting herself with ceramics. An exchange to Japan at the age of 14 began an affiliation with an Asian aesthetic - her porcelain bowls, cups and pourers feature shibori inspired cobalt details.
Zara divides her studio time between Darlinghurst, Sydney and the Illawarra coast.
OBJECT SHOP MAKER Q&A
What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
I started my creative path as an actress before moving into the Art Department & Standby Props in film - I much preferred being behind the camera! At Art School I studied glass and started to play with jewellery using recycled materials. Ceramics is quite new to me - I just love playing with new materials & techniques.
Describe the last thing you made?
Silver teardrop earrings, very simple design - they are like a backwards hoop.
Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
I'm in awe of two little jewellery gems in Darlinghurst; Jason Moss Jewellery and Lalita Peeranan’s studio gallery Francis Street Atelier. Covetable work!
Peruse these Instagram accounts @jasonmossjewellery, @bylalitapeeranan, @earringobsession, @francis_street_atelier, @kowtowclothing, @jake_walker_art, @katherinearts, @bridgetbodenham
Tell us about your dream project ambitions?!
I would like to curate an exhibition of Australian jewellers working with enamel. There seems to be a fantastic wave of new work in this area which I find exciting. My research will start next year.
What is your favourite spot in Sydney and why?
Darlinghurst has so many colourful characters and such a diverse local community - its a great hood to be part of. I love walking my dog around Lady Macquaries Chair & the Domain. I’m also very fond of the Illawarra coast where my small studio is located.