Judy McCaig: Amber Reed Pin


Judy McCaig

Amber Reed Pin

Tombac, brass, recycled d-bond, paint, gold leaf

1 in stock


Judy McCaig Amber Reed Pin has delightful poetic images etched onto it. It has a white background which makes the etchings clear to see. It’s a beautiful pin that can be worn on any item of clothing for any occasion. Judy works with complex and innovative techniques. For the brooches and pins in our current stock she has layered the reliefs. She makes them from brass, tombac and d bond, then etches their imagery in gold leaf.

Tombac is a brass alloy. D-bond is a specialist exhibition panel material. It is a sandwich of two sheets of aluminium with a polythene interior. Her images have such clarity and charm, it is easy to miss all this kind of detail. Yet, it is easy to see just how much more highly sophisticated and complex this all makes her work.

About the artist

Judy McCaig is a Scottish jeweller, printmaker and painter, who since 1991 has lived and worked in Barcelona. Born in Edinburgh, she studied art and jewellery at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee from 1975-79. In 1980 she gained a post- graduate degree in Dundee specialising in jewellery and photography. She then won a Scottish Education Department Major Travel Scholarship to study Native American Indian history/culture in the USA. From 1980-83 she studied for a Master of Arts at The Royal College of Art, London after which she travelled extensively in Egypt and Europe.

On her return to London in 1984, she studied printmaking for three years and set up a workshop at 4011⁄2 Studios. In 1989 she visited Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. From 2000 until the present day she has been living in Barcelona, teaching at the Massana School of Art there, and since 2009 at Taller Perill, Barcelona. She is also acting as visiting lecturer in the USA, Germany, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Canada, Chile and Argentina.

Naomi Langford