Thursday, April 17, 2008

Buttons - Part One

This an overall view of my buttons so far. It includes simple and complex shapes and Dorset buttons. Sample 1 (left): Empty oval cardboard wrapped, with pompon fitted in the central hole. Sample 2 (right): irregular shape covered with self-dyed boiled felt.
Sample 3 (left): Three hand-felted "stones" overlapped and made in a package.
Sample 4 (right): Composed shape of triangle with monoprinted fabric and hand-felted "stone" with felted ears attached.
Sample 5 (left): composed shape of flat form and small circular shape, hand-felted slice fixed on the edge
Sample 6 (right): cord sewn around self-dyed fabric
Sample 7 (left): monoprinted fabric with wrapped wire and long-neck machine tassel attached
Sample 8 (top right): wrapped tube with painted wooden wheels at the ends
Sample 9 (bottom right): monoprinted and embroidered fabric
Sample 10 (top left): square cardboard shape wrapped with hole filled in by embossed copper shim, padded underneath
Sample 11 (top right): self-dyed fabric with Christmas decorations and wire
Sample 12 (bottom): Suffolk puff with wire wastes making a central button, laid upon crimpled wiremesh
Sample 13 (left): a toy wheel with spikes woven with three different threads
Sample 14 (right): a traditional Dorset button
Sample 15 (left): a composite Dorset button with large ring in the centre surrounded by 8 smaller rings, fixed and wrapped together
Sample 16 (right): a ring made by twisted wire, crocheted wire centre, wrapped in thread

The long way from tassels to buttons

More than one month went by since my last upload! But I've been working behind the scenes or more or less so. After much wondering about a way to present my tassels I came up with a structure that is light enough to travel with me on the plane to Bristol. It will have to be checked in since I don't believe I could convince airport personnel that it's not a weapon of some kind. It's made in wire, it's rather rough and basic but can be bent and folded on itself with all tassels attached. Tassels will probably come out a bit bruised from my baggage and will certainly need some attention. And here they are! The photos are really bad and I hope something can be made out of them. After making this structure I went off track for a couple of weeks and ventured into the dangerous realms of wire and made experiments with crocheted and wrapped jewelry etcetera and obviously felt terribly guilty about it. But every C&G student knows that there are temptations out there and everywhere.
I finally got down to assemble all my materials for making buttons. Beside rather obvious choices there are some improbable ones, like a couple of contact lense cases, old eye powder containers, a kitchen basin strainer, an ear plug box and caps and lids of forgotten objects.