Jess Dare by Jessica Clark

Jess Dare

Wearables, Glass, Jewellery, Metal, Accessories

Combining glass and precious metal in the production of contemporary jewellery, Jess Dare uses the traditional method of flameworking to create intricate organic forms. Drawing inspiration from the natural environment, Dare’s work explores the themes of memory and loss. Employing the rich, vibrant colours of nature, she crafts delicate, detailed exhibition pieces as well as a wearable line of brooches, necklaces and earrings.

In the years since graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from TAFE’s Adelaide Centre for the Arts, Dare has worked out of Gray Street Workshop, first as an access tenant before joining the team as a partner in 2010. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has work represented in major national collections. In 2014 she spent time in Bangkok on an Asialink Arts Residency and in 2015 she travelled to China for a five-week residency facilitated by Guildhouse through a partnership with the Yiwei Art Foundation.

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Jess Dare Studio | Gray Street Workshop

Jess Dare Studio | Gray Street Workshop

10 Sydney Place
Adelaide 5000
South Australia Australia
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Opening hours
Friday: 11.00am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 11.00am - 5.30pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Open by appointment


Solo Exhibitions

2013, The Nature of Memory, Gray Street Workshop Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2013, The Nature of Memory, Studio 20/17, Sydney, Australia
2013, The Nature of Memory, Bilk Gallery, Canberra, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2015-2018, Glass: art design architecture, Jamfactory, Adelaide & touring nationally, Australia
2015-2016, KORU5, Imatra Art Museum, Imatra, Finland; Vaasa Art Hall, Vaasa, Finland; Kuopio Art Museum, Finland
2016, Theatre of Detail, The National, New Zealand; ATTA Gallery, Thailand
2015, Body Alchemy - The Hangzhou Contemporary International Jewelry and Metal Art Triennial 2015, Museum of Contemporary Art of CAA, Hangzhou, China
2015, Theatre of Detail, Gray Street Workshop Gallery, Adelaide, Australia Airspace Projects, Sydney, Australia; Radiant Pavillion, Melbourne, Australia
2014, Jewellery from Down Under, Taboo, San Diego, USA


2003-2006, Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design (Jewellery), TAFE SA, Adelaide Centre for the Arts


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga City Council


2013, Eran Svigos Award for Best Visual Art in the Adelaide Fringe for solo exhibition The Nature of Memory
2008, Best collective exhibition in the Adelaide Fringe Festival - C e ll a r Sweatshop


2015, A celebration of 30 years, Gray Street Workshop, Adelaide, Julie Ewington, Art Jewellery Forum
2015, Well Made Artist Focus: Jess Dare, Peta Mount, The Adelaide Review
2013, Memories stem from plants, Kerry-Anne Cousins, The Canberra Times
2013, The Nature of Memory, Alex Tuffin, The Curatorial Inquisitorial


2015, Yiwei Art Foundation’s 3W Studio Artist Residency, Shanghai, China
2014, Asialink Self Initiated Residency, Bangkok, Thailand

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Jess Dare in studio, Photo by Bri Hammond

Jess Dare | look what we made

17 May 2018

Jess Dare is one of the many Australian makers featured in Frankie Magazine’s newest book ‘look what we made’, which is a tribute to everything handmade.

Jess spoke to writer Koren Helbig while she was in the middle of making flowers for the Martin Place memorial in 2017.

You can grab a copy from selected book shops or online from Frankie Press.

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Lindt Cafe Memorial, Courtesy of Pedestrian TV, photographer @em_beauchamp


11 Jan 2018

Jess Dare has helped create a lasting tribute to the victims of the 2014 Lindt Cafe siege by handcrafting 210 flowers, which are now inlaid into the pavement two blocks from where the siege took place. The work is titled 'Reflection'.


Jess Dare, Leaf Series


07 Dec 2017

Jess Dare’s ‘leaf series’ is a delicate collection of brightly coloured wearables inspired by forms found in nature, with leaves and petals refined into geometric forms.

We’re very excited to be giving away one of Dare’s beautiful neckpieces, part of the leaf series, for a competition as part of our focus on wearables.

Here are the steps to win:

1. Head to our Instagram page (@wellmade_au) and tag a friend who’d love this prize.
2. Make sure you’re following @wellmade_au and @louilamosca (Jess Dare)
3. Subscribe to Well Made

Competition ends Sunday 17 December with the winner being announced Tuesday 19 December.

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Remains of the day: phuang malai series, neckpieces, 2015, Powder coated brass, cotton thread, 130 x 130 x 10mm (left), 130 x 120 x 20mm (middle), 140 x 100 x 10mm (right). Photographer Grant Hancock.

Jess Dare In Amsterdam

20 Dec 2016

Jess Dare is exhibiting her 'States of Impermanence' collection at Galerie Ra Amsterdam until February 4 as part of the 'Up Close and Far Away' exhibition. This exhibition features Gray Street Workshop artists Catherine Truman, Sue Lorraine, Kath Inglis and Jess Dare .

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Jess Dare at Gray Street Workshop, Photographer Jonothan VDK

The Adelaide Review: Artist Focus

27 Jan 2016

Featured as the first Well Made Artist Focus in the January 2016 edition of The Adelaide Review. Read the full article on the link below.

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