workshop connections - the cave in the mind
website www.judymccaig.comA.i.R. project https://www.hochschule-trier.de/index.php?id=5149&L=1
Scottish jeweller, printmaker, and painter, who since 1991 has lived and worked in Barcelona. Born in Edinburgh, studied art and jewellery at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee from 1975-79. In 1980 she was granted a post-graduate degree in Dundee specialising in jewellery and photography. Awarded The Scottish Education Department Major Travel Scholarship to study Native American Indian history/culture, USA. From 1980-83 she studied for a Master of Arts at The Royal College of Art, London. On completion of her studies 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 teaching at the Massana School of Art in Barcelona and since 2009 at Taller Perill, Barcelona. Also acting as visiting lecturer in the USA, Germany, Portugal, Scotland and Spain. She exhibits both nationally and internationally and has work in many public and private collections, including the British Museum, Crafts Council Collection, London and the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh.
1980-83 MA, RCA, London, 1975-80 Diploma/Post-Diploma, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland. Solo Exhibitions: 2014 “Shifting Sands”, Sala Perill, Barcelona. 2013 “Wilderness of The Unknown”, Villa Bengel, Idar Oberstein. 2012 “Desierto de lo Desconocido” Dterra Gallery, Barcelona. 2010/2005/1988 “Wandering Earth”/ "Through Night and Day", The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. 2009 “A Través de las Nubes Blancas”, Amaranto, Barcelona. 2003 “Between Worlds”, Hipótesi, Barcelona. Selected Exhibitions: 2015 A Sense of Jewellery, 40 jewellers/40 years, The Goldsmiths Centre, London, "Silence Please" Galerie Noel Guyomarch, Montreal. 2013 “Ferrous” Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, “La Frontera” Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City/ Velvet DaVinci, Beijing International Jewellery Exhibition. Fondazione Cominelli, Salò, Italy. 2010 - 2015 Castles, Miniatures, Astrology and Alchemy, Padova. ¡Genial! Jewellery From Spain, VelvetdaVinci. 2010 "Minimum", joint “Grand Prix” winner, The Gallery of Art, Legnica. 2008 “Collect” V&A Museum, London. 2007 Schmuck, Munich. 2005 Maker/Wearer/Viewer, GSA Glasgow, Scottish Gallery, Galerie Marzee.
Alone, in the factory of Jakob Bengel, impressively steeped in history with its thousands of dies lined up on dusty shelves, selecting, stamping or printing was, both, an exhilarating and ethereal experience. Surrounded with old machinery from a bygone age, furniture, chains, jewellery elements and with a wrought iron spiral staircase leading to even more hidden treasures, I felt I had been transported back in time. Stamping with a 38 ton electric press, working with original dies from over the last two centuries, making use of the huge guillotine and patterned rolling mills was a real joy. I worked erratically both in the school and the factory, producing thousands of fragments and stones, not concentrating on finished works, these fragments made it back to my workshop in Barcelona where they began to form parts of completed pieces that were subconsciously taking on a industrial feel not apparent in previous work. It was a very productive time and it is still exciting to have all these new and historical elements in front of me, waiting to be incorporated in future pieces. I feel that I haven ́t even begun to reap the benefits from what I came away with from my time in Idar-Oberstein.