All buttoned up…

This journal has grown out of an incident that occured in the early 1970s, when I was sent out as the youngest-looking teacher with the Deputy Head of the Junior School where I taught, to scrounge resources from local businesses and factories. This was my second great catch (after enough (lumpy) glue from the suitcase factory to last the entire school more than three years), and was a dustbin sack full of tiny buttons. The shirt factory had just abandoned making shirts with button-down collars and the tiny buttons were no longer required. The school presented me with a hatbox full when I left to have my second son, and over the last 35 years I have gradually sorted, boxed and sold many thousands on Ebay to dollmakers, cardmakers and craftspeople. Part of my advertising was to create pictures from the buttons.

This ‘book’ is made from A5 size pages cut from material and sewn into a journal called “All buttoned up“, and available for Bookmoochers who would like to create their own button-art. I’ve sewn an example on the first page.

I have created a companion journal called “Keep buttoned up” for photographic or scanned button-art, or paint-program virtual-button art. Most of my pictures were created on a scanner-bed on top of a plastic sheet.

-Gill (tennantfamily)

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