November 16 is Button Day
November 16 is Button Day! We don’t know exactly who and when created this holiday. It means you can celebrate it today in anyway you want. November 16 Holiday – Button Day is a fun day to collect, use, and just enjoy buttons. We even don’t know exactly who invented the button: some scholars are inclined to believe that it was the Greeks or the Romans, others – that the button came from Asia. They are predominantly made of ivory. Widespread buttons received only in the XIII century. And almost to the XVIII century were a sign of wealth and noble birth: kings and aristocracy could afford to order buttons of gold and silver. At the beginning of the XVIII century buttons were made of metal and copper, but almost to the end of the XIX century buttons were so expensive item that they alter from one garment to another.
American Artist Lisa Kokin makes fun artwork out of buttons and other miscellaneous objects. Some of the other items she uses include thread, rug canvas, waxed linen, imitation sinew and chicken wire. Lisa Kokin received her BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts. She started using some buttons in her previous work, but they were never the primary material until recently. She has been sewing since childhood – her parents were upholsterers – and the stitch now plays a major role in her work.
Artwork of buttons by Lisa Kokin