Monica Findlay is a Glasgow based silversmith/jeweller making tactile objects inspired by her curiosity for the 'material past'.
Monicas ongoing body of work is titled 'Traces' and aims to explore tangible traces left behind, beyond living memory. In this collection, archaeological wirework styles are delicately reworked to encourage a closer look, and embossed traces hint at passing objects that once were in contact with the surface. Drawing inspiration from both personal and cultural artefacts, the maker manipulates precious and non-precious materials to mimic and enhance temporal effects, resulting in objects with a particular depth of character.
Monica's objective as a maker is to extend curiosity to the viewer and create artefacts that seem distant yet familiar, causing observers to experience a sense of nostalgia upon interaction.
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
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)
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