Jess Dare Artist In residence
The Yiwei Art Foundation in collaboration with Guildhouse brought Jess Dare to China as our first Artist in Residence.
Jess Dare was the first Artist in Residence at San W Gallery/Studio in 2015. At this stage the building was still being developed and Jess patiently worked with San W in running creative workshops and presenting a number of public presentations.
During her residency Jess met Master Lie who works in the traditional Miao silver jewellery and Paul . . . . . working in hot glass who also presented workshops during her visit.
A party and open day were held with technical demonstrations for guests and a chance for people to meet the artists
She also travelled to the Jewellery Studio at the China Academy of Fine Art, Hangzhou, where she gave a lecture and demonstration. The students were impressed with her lamp work technique and the way she creates fine jewellery pieces from glass.
‘My work is influenced by nature, and botanical specimens and I have been using this imagery in my exhibition work as a metaphor to investigate concepts of the fragility and transience of memory. Flowers are a constant reminder that life is ephemeral, ever changing and momentary. During an Asialink Residency in Thailand in 2014, where I was researching Phuang Malai (Floral Garlands) I began to look at the role in which flowers and colours are used to communicate, pay respect and honor loved ones past and present. During the subsequent residency in Shanghai, China my intention was to expand this research by looking at traditions and ceremonies that have a specific relationship to nature but like all residencies it became so much more.
The residency in China provide me with invaluable time to focus and develop my practice, learning traditional craft techniques like filigree and focus on my flameworking techniques. By immersing myself in another culture, another workshop, another world I was privileged to. I was able to connect with local jewellery networks and laid the foundations for an ongoing relationship with jewelers and glass artists in China.
To be welcomed into this community was a wonderful opportunity for my professional, sustainable practice in the arts and I was honored to be the first artist in residence at San W Studio and thank the Yiwei Art Foundation for their invitation.'