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Monica Findlay

Monica Findlay
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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.


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


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
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