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Long Blue: M.6-2017

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Long Blue


Maker: Finlay, Anne




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

Blue and off-white corrugated papers layered around a single strand of red, to form a blue leaf. The leaf is edged on one side by a thin white stripe which finishes at the left side with a tight spiral of alternating blue and white. On the back a long steel pin attached at two points.


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

Height: 0.9 cm
Length: 13.2 cm
Width: 3.8 cm

Relative size of this object

13.2 cm9 mm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 20th Century
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.6-2017
Primary reference Number: 223084
Entry form no.: 1336
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 19 December 2017 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 1 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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