People, Places and Things
…with Emma Larkin
Galway Designer Emma Larkin has been featured in publications such as British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Vanity Fair. Emma’s work is made from silicone which is a light-weight material similar to latex rubber and her designs are a mixture of fun slogans, bespoke custom orders and floral affairs. We took some time to get to know Emma a little better, and learn about what inspires her.
Describe yourself in three words;
Kind, sociable and creative
What is something our readers might not know about you?
When I finished my degree in NCAD, I did an internship with a jeweller in Estonia! When I was offered this internship, I honestly couldn’t have told you where Estonia was on the map. But then I thought, when would an opportunity like this come up again? This was my first time moving to a country on my own and even though it was only for a few months, I was really nervous. I worked under a well-known jeweller and it wasn’t like any design work I had done previously. It was during this time where I realised I wanted to start my own jewellery brand rather than making work for other designers. So although the months there were super cold, I am very happy I went.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is applying to sell my jewellery in the Flea Style Market in Galway. I know this might not sound like a big deal to others but I was so nervous about showcasing my work, let alone putting a price on it. This was in March 2018 and long before I had an instagram page or online shop. I made a few sales but it was the feedback I received about my pieces that I felt was the most beneficial. That was definitely the beginning of when I knew I could really do something with my jewellery and I don’t know if I would have had the confidence to grow my business into what it has become today if I hadn’t put myself out there.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My Dad is my biggest inspiration. He has helped me massively in the past few years and is always inspiring me to do better. Whenever I start to doubt myself or my ability he is always just a phone call away to reassure me that it will be ok. He has been my little helper with my jewellery brand and has done a bit of everything from packing orders to modelling earrings, although he jokes that his ear piercing was a mistake in the 90s but it has come in handy in recent times!
Tell us something you love about Galway:
There are so many things I love about Galway but I love the food the most. I think Galway has one of the best selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs. I am from Salthill which is just beside the beach and not only does it have the best cafes but it has the scenery to go with it!
Emma also designs custom headpieces for special occasions such as weddings so get in touch with her with your ideas.
Image: Eva Crowley