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Molly Findlay

Affiliation: UCSC alumna: Porter College, B.A. in Art, 1995


Molly Findlay is an artist, set designer and community activist who creates spaces, forms and happenings which gently subvert the everyday, and foster a collaborative spirit through flattened hierarchies and an appreciation for the absurd. 


In her sculptural practice, Findlay is the originator of Mrs. Noodle Pillow and the accompanying "Hard Talks in Soft Spaces", where participants unpack sticky subjects on a giant colorful nest of 40-foot noodle sculptures. 


Her commercial and editorial clients include Dior, Italian Vogue, Esquire, Gucci, Harper’s Bazaar, Louis Vuitton, Google, Estee Lauder, Tiffany, Harry Winston, Samsung, and Apple, among many others, and her work has been widely published globally. In her early career, she produced shoots around the world for Harper’s Bazaar with iconic editors and photographers such as Hiro, Patrick Demarchelier, Richard Burbridge, and Peter Lindberg. Molly currently lives with her partner Everard Findlay and two daughters Isadora and Eleanor between New York, Berkeley, Trinidad, and Bali. She is a Founding Trustee of Museum of the Courageous, honoring those who stand up to hate in America; co-founder of Planetary Self, an organization connecting artists, scientists and local communities for Planetary Wellness; and is deeply involved in GrowNYC, the Council for the Environment of New York City.