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button art and my crafty past

January 14, 2008

one-inch button articleHere’s a glimpse of my one-inch button article (and buttons) featured in the new Jan/Feb issue of Somerset Studio magazine, and Hello! to any Somerset Studio readers popping by for a visit. It’s always nice to get something accepted by Somerset Studio, which is full of inspiring stamping and mixed media art examples and ideas.

I made these buttons for the magazine’s “green” theme (you can see a close-up of a few of them in this August post), and in the process was reminded of the larger buttons I used to collect when I was a kid. When I was about age 10-12 I had two sides: my tomboy, rope-climbing, street-hockey playing side (the most visible), and my artist, craft-making, creative writing side (kept more to myself). To the right is a photo of me from that era (about 1974). I’m wearing a felt tomboy crafter circa 1974hat that I made by hand. I cut and sewed the felt (I think it was yellow), then wet it, stretched it over my mom’s wig form (everyone had a wig in the 1970s), and left it to dry into a head shape. This was my own invention, and I made more than one hat like this. I pinned my buttons to this one. Unfortunately, you can’t see the buttons very well in the old photo, and I can’t remember what they looked like. I think one had a peace sign and another had the words “flower power.” (My watch band embellishment was another home-made craft.) The rope swing was one my dad hung from a big maple tree in our backyard (there’s one still there today).


Small is beautiful

August 2, 2007

In a comment left on my July 27th post about holiday Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), Jean-Pierre suggests that ATCs are “sort of haiku-ish, because of the brevity. I bet Basho would trade art cards with you if he were alive today.”

This is an interesting thought. Both haiku and ATCs can focus attention on a single moment or image that some how points to something more. There is something in that little word/visual image that can resonate with readers/viewers on some personal level. When you discover a haiku or an ATC that stirs you, it’s like being handed a tiny, special present.

Here are a few more of my ATCs:

Artist Trading Cards

And in keeping with the “small is beautiful” theme (and with a nod to E.F. Schumacher, author of the same-named book on creating local economies), here are a few more one-inch buttons:

(and the kid on the second button? That’s me, about age 2 — life was good!)

Blogging for global change

July 30, 2007

I’ve just been nominated for a “Blogging for Global Change” award by fellow blogger, CraftyGreenPoet of Edinburgh Scotland. The award originates at Climate of Our Future, a blog dedicated to discussing climate change and how it can be prevented. The “award” is a way for individuals to acknowledge and ecourage eachother’s efforts and make links with others. This is how it’s described on the site:

This award goes out to all of the Bloggers for Positive Global Change. It’s not limited to any specific ideologies, religions or philosophies. It puts a premium on human compassion and the desire to make the world a better place for all of us, without exception.

The participation rules are simple:
1. When you get tagged, write a post with links to up to 5 blogs that you think are trying to change the world in a positive way.
2. In your post, make sure you link back to Climate of our Future.
3. Leave a comment or message for the bloggers you’re tagging, so they know they’re now part of the meme
[“Meme” is a new word for me. It’s dictionary meaning is “a system through which behaviour is passed on from one individual to another” — kind of like a chain of people, I guess.].
4. Optional: Proudly display the “Bloggers For Positive Global Change” award badge with a link to the post that you write up.

Wow! Well, I’m honored to be nominated. I like the idea of making connections and supporting people who are concerned about the world and want to make a positive difference. I hope I can live up to the nomination.

I’d like to nominate True Stitches, the blog of my friend Heather, who believes in making the world a better place one stitch at a time (and in other ways as well).

I’d also like to nominate author Diane Haynes and her Wildlife Rescue Series blog in which she talks about her wildlife-rescue-mystery-themed YA novels, the writing life and her concern for nature and animals.

Here are a few more intriguing web logs written by people who care about people, animals and the natural environment (a couple of them have already been nominated for the Blogging for Global Change award):

Green Girls Global

World Changing

Teaching Environmental Sustainability

Whorled Leaves

Wardrobe Refashion

Bee Creative

Sew Green


Olympia Dumster Divers

No Impact Man

(some of my latest “green” one-inch buttons)