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Monica Findlay

Monica Findlay
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Monica Findlay is a Glasgow-based silversmith making tactile jewellery and objects inspired by a curiosity for the material presence of the past.

The maker uses tactile techniques to manipulate precious and non-precious metals, placing emphasis on the interrelation between memory and object. Etched textures and delicate wirework replicate and emulate inscribed memories, while embossed traces convey the absence of passing objects that once were in contact with the surface. Bringing together storytelling and archaeology, her body of work explores tangible remains, their surface qualities as important signifiers or touchstones of memories, both ancient and modern.

Monica's objective as a maker is to extend her curiosity to the viewer and create artefacts that seem distant yet familiar, causing observers to experience a sense of nostalgia upon interaction.


Monica Findlay

Email: monicafindlay.maker@gmail.com

Instagram: @mo.fin

2017-2021 - BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery - (first class): Glasgow School of Art

2015-2017 Multidisciplinary Course: Tramway Visual Arts Studio

2015-2016 HNC Fine Art Portfolio: West College Scotland


2022 - Creative Scotland, Funding Granted

2021 – Incorporation of the Hammerman Prize (awarded for excellence in craft skills) - Glasgow School of Art


2021- Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art (ongoing)


2022- REturn, REmake, REact: Artists in REsidence, The Alchemy Experiment

2021 – Elements Graduate Showcase, in association with Lyon and Turnbull and The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust, online

2021 - New Designers, online

2021 - Graduate Showcase, Glasgow School of Art, online

2020 – ZOOMask, in collaboration with Ruudt Peters, online

2020 - Play: Design Domain Open Studios Exhibition, Reid Building, Glasgow

2019 - Splendour: symposium, exhibition and performance, Queen's House, Greenwich, London

2019 – Splendour: exhibition in Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, and publication by Glasgow School of Art in collaboration with Queen's House, Royal Museums of Greenwich

2019 - How Do We Live: Design Domain Open Studios Exhibition, Reid Building, Glasgow

2018 - GSA Silversmithing & Jewellery Christmas Sale, Glasgow School of Art

2018 - Facets, The Art School, Glasgow

2018 - Bodies, Identities, Action, Engagement: Design Domain Open Studios Exhibition, Reid Building, Glasgow

2018 - Cross School Course Exhibition: Our Utopia (Glasgow 2118), The Art School, Glasgow

2017 - End of Year Show, Tramway Visual Art Studio, Glasgow

2016 – Creative Industries Festival, West College Scotland, SWG3, Glasgow
chainmail box
  • Monica Findlay
  • chainmail box
  • Silversmithing
traces // box collection
  • Monica Findlay
  • traces // box collection
  • Silversmithing
excavation box
  • Monica Findlay
  • excavation box
  • Silversmithing
struck // brass dish and molten ring
  • Monica Findlay
  • struck // brass dish and molten ring
  • Silversmithing
Exhibition: REturn, REmake, REact
  • Monica Findlay
  • Exhibition: REturn, REmake, REact
  • Jewellery
  • Monica Findlay
traces candlestick
  • Monica Findlay
  • traces candlestick
  • Silversmithing