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Lyndsay Fairley

Lyndsay Hamilton Fairley
‘Na Mara’ tells the origin of this collection. Meaning ‘of the sea’ in Gaelic, the ephemeral compositions of discarded knotted rope, rusted iron scraps and decaying seaweed, washed up by the tide onto Scottish beaches, inspired Lyndsay’s jewellery.
Drawing is a vital part of her working process, using mark-making in mixed media to develop abstract impressions from the coastal landscape. Her jewellery is based on the drawn line, creating tactile pieces which vary with each iteration, expressing the constantly shifting nature of her subject matter. Many of her pieces are non-matching, possessing their own distinct pattern, although they share the same aesthetic. As with a drawing, each piece is unique.
A mixture of precious and non-precious metals build a palette based on these beach finds; sandy tones of copper and silver, contrasted by the stark black of enamel or patinated metal, create pattern in metal like seaweed on the sand.
Lyndsay’s current jewellery collection, Na Mara, arose after a visit to an industrial North Queensferry beach with friends. Captured by the messy, ugly compositions of debris that had been created by the tides, she seeks to expose the unconventional beauty found in unexpected places.
Accidental encounters with transient moments in nature have become a sustained source of interest; this is a theme she has continued to develop since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art’s ‘Jewellery and Silversmithing’ course in 2018. Currently based in Edinburgh, she continues to be inquisitive towards Scottish beaches, including Cramond, Elie, and Cromarty.
Although she made the transition from drawing into handmade objects during her Foundation Diploma at Falmouth University - where she first discovered the joy of making jewellery, and exploring the surrounding coastline – the drawn line remains an important part of her making process, used to develop pieces that vary with each iteration.
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Silver and Black Abstract Enamel Drop Earrings
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Long silver Earrings with Inlaid Copper Pattern
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Sterling Silver and Black Enamel Inlay Rings