People, Places and Things
…with Lynsey De Burca
‘I grew up beside a pier in the West of Ireland. This tiny little pier was a treasure trove of fishing nets, lobster pots, crab cages and boat chains. The images have stayed with me, they are etched in my memory and inform my work to this very day’.
Lynsey de Burca is a jewellery designer and maker who lives with her small family in the foothills of Connmeara in County Galway. A graduate of NCAD (jewellery) and NUIG (Gemmology), Lynsey designs and creates beautiful, quality pieces with a minimal aesthetic inspired by the piers and small harbours along the Wild Atlantic Way. Lynsey most recently won the Best Product Award in the Jewellery Category Showcase Ireland Trade Fair, a major accomplishment which she is grateful for. Over the next few months, the studio will be incredibly busy from orders to designs and exciting secret projects. We at GALWAYnow can’t wait to see what Lynsey creates, and today we were lucky enough to get some time out to chat with her about her accomplishments, inspirations and love of Galway.
Describe yourself in three words;
Chatty, Honest, Hardworking.
What is something our readers might not know about you?
I love a good dance. I often work late into the evening in the studio. There is nothing better than popping on some old school dance music full blast and having a good old dance around! I am not great at dancing (more cringe dad dancing than anything) so it’s best that no one sees me!
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I would have to say my family- I am so proud of them. My husband and I celebrated 25 years together last year- we are childhood sweethearts. We pretty much grew up together. We now have two gorgeous boys who are amazing in every way. They are inquisitive, lively, and cheerful little men who are a lot of fun to be around.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
The west coast of Ireland is my primary source of inspiration for my work. Geology fascinates me, and I’m particularly drawn to the patterns and textures that different rock kinds produce. The etched lines of crevices and fractures in the Burren limestone inspired my most recent series, Talún. (Meaning Land, Ground in Irish). Talún is a minimalist and easy-to-wear line of textured raindrop link jewellery pieces.
Tell us something you love about Galway:
I’m a proud Galway native. Galway boasts a one-of-a-kind blend of everything good: the best restaurants, fantastic festivals, culture, a vibrant atmosphere, an abundance of creativity, the best people, and stunning scenery. I particularly love the independent Galway shops that give our city colour & character such as Charlie Byrnes, Wooden Heart, Cloon Keen, Kindfolk, Aplomb & My Shop Granny Likes It. Galway has so much to offer.
Images: Julia Dunin