Zara Collins


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. 

Zara divides her studio time between Darlinghurst, Sydney and the Illawarra coast.

Images: Zara Collins, Keira and Kembla earrings. Photo courtesy of Zara Collins


What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start? 

I started my creative path as an actress before moving into the Art Department and 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 and the Domain. I’m also very fond of the Illawarra coast where my small studio is located.