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Henry’s Buttons

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Detail from a 60cm Dorset Button
A selection of my Dorset Buttons
Textile and Dorset Button Collage. Width 40cm
One of a selection of my kits
Dorset Button High Top mould
Undercliffe Cottage, Donhead St Mary SP7 9DG
Description:

On completing a Pre-Diploma in Art at Salisbury Art College I decided make an about-turn and move to marketing. Following several very enjoyable years working in leisure and later moving to museums, I decided to revisit my creative art skills, taking inspiration from the Heritage Craft of Dorset Buttony.

I have always loved working with textiles. The materials I use include vintage or ethically sourced yarns and textiles. Every piece I make incorporates a Dorset Button or several Dorset Buttons. I complement the original methods to work my Dorset Buttons with the use of contemporary materials. I enjoy trying out new designs and ways of using the skills of this heritage craft. Most of my work is based on a ring and I use anything from a 5mm ring for fine delicate work, to 90cm and over hoops for wall art. My buttons are worked in a range of fabrics, yarns, ribbons, lace and beads. I particularly enjoy the challenge of combining texture with colour to my work.

Much of my work is often commissioned, however I also exhibit locally at galleries including New Wave Gallery, Swanage, The Cygnet Gallery in Shaftesbury, and the Dorset Arts Festival at Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester. Commissioned work includes a range of costumes for films, living history costumes and bespoke design work.

I am currently involved in presenting, teaching, and demonstrating the art of Dorset Buttony to organisations and via on-line workshops. I also supply a selection of kits, rings and an instruction booklet for those who want to 'have-a-go' at home. You can find a complete list at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DorsetButtons

 

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