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Current Location: In storage




Maker: Finlay, Anne




Coloured corrugated papers, layered and bonded with PVA; steel pin

Black and white corrugated papers layered to form a thin stripe of white below a thicker stripe of black, coiled into an open spiral with a solid white middle and alternate black and white layers at the open end. Small steel pin attached to the back.


History note: Art Direct, London, from where purchased by the donors.

Legal notes

Given by Nicholas and Judith Goodison through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8.9 cm
Height: 0.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2017-11-20) by Goodison, Nicholas and Judith


20th Century, Late#
Elizabeth II
Circa 2010 CE - 2017 CE


Anne Finlay (b.1953, Wick, Scotland) studied at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. She has worked with a range of materials, including PVC, stainless steel and acrylics, laser cut or stamped out with dyes, scored, folded and glued. Her work is sculptural and plays with rich colours and geometric shapes. A more recent interest is in paper, a natural material which offers new freedoms in design and making, including simple, slow hand-building processes. In these pieces, she has layered strips of corrugated paper with PVA, creating bold, 3-dimensional blocks of colour and pattern and exploiting the flexibility of the strips to explore curves.

Anne Finlay was a featured artist at the Contemporary Applied Arts showcase ‘Architectural Jewellery’, held in London, September 2017.

Components of the work

Fastener composed of steel

Materials used in production

Corrugated paper

Techniques used in production

Hand-building : Layered papers, bonded with PVA; steel pin

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-2017
Primary reference Number: 223083
Entry form no.: 1336
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Created: Tuesday 19 December 2017 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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