Workshop Button Its are Up!

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Our Welland Workshop contributions have been added to the show.

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Workshop at Welland Festival

We ran a workshop at Welland Festival on Saturday 16 June and had a fantastic response! Thank you to all our contributors and to Welland Festival for having us. We will be doing a second hang with all our new buttons and labels and are currently seeking wooden frames to accommodate all of our fantastic contributions!

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Exhibition at CraftLocker

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Button It
Friday 8 June – Saturday 28 July 2018
CraftLocker, 77 Southgate, Elland, HX5 0EP, UK

Preview: Friday 8th June, 5-7pm
Exhibition runs until Saturday 28th July 2018
Opening times: Tues-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm

Workshop to make your own to add to the collection at Welland 2018 https://www.facebook.com/events/540546453011068/ Saturday 16th June, 10am-4pm

https://buttonitstories.wordpress.com/

Exhibiting artists:

Zoe Douglas-Cain
Toby Bradshaw
Anna Bradshaw
Alice Bradshaw
Hattie Salisbury
Susan Plover
Anne Murphy
Sunandra Shah
Bobby Thompson
Kala Shah
Sarah Keeping
Victoria Shone
Roy Jongeling
Louisa Helen Johnson
Alban Low
Rosemary Ashton
Lorna Jewitt
Monique Martin
Jessica Russo Scherr
Kremena Dimitrova
Krystyna Spink
Sarah Wells
Lucy Simm
Martha Ross-Parry
Barbara Schneider
Jennifer Curtis
Yaroslava Kellermann
Ana Miljkovac
Astrid G
Aimee Woodhead
Lindsey Kemp

(more to be added shortly!)
Buttons, buttons and more buttons. Each button in our collection has been carefully selected by the contributor to represent themselves or another person and has been labelled with their story in various imaginative and creative ways.

First invented as a form of decoration for clothing, buttons evolved over the years into something much more, and at one point they were the only thing keeping our modesty and clothing together. Nowadays, buttons can be anything from functional to decorative and not limited to the realms of fashion.

From Bakelite, to bling, to bone and any combination in between, these buttons may be found on the street, under the sofa, in a sewing tin, in a charity shop, in a pocket, the spare button off a favourite garment reminiscent of halcyon days.

Our choices of buttons may say something about us as individuals but also buttons may be a physical representation of memories, thoughts and feelings or moments in life. These may be difficult times or painful memories or symbolic of happier times. A button may come to symbolise a literal ‘keeping it together’.

Button It brings together a collection of buttons from a wide range of local and international artists with a story to tell in the form of visual art, written prose or a combination or the two.

Curated by Alice Bradshaw & Vanessa Haley.
Contact email: avavprojects@yahoo.co.uk
Website: https://buttonitstories.wordpress.com/

Launching at CraftLocker, Elland, Button It is a touring and growing exhibition.

Alice and Vanessa are independent artists and curators have been co-curating exhibitions and festivals together since 2010. Previous projects include: Warehouse Weekend, Huddersfield; The University of Incidental Knowledge http://universityincidentalknowledge.wordpress.com/ , Holmfirth Arts Festival 2011/12, Postscript for Hannah Festival https://postscriptedpostcards.wordpress.com/ and Soundstripes https://www.facebook.com/Soundstripes/

CraftLocker is a craft emporium offering the best from local artists, high quality craft classes and training, and helping women back onto their feet. As a social company, CraftLocker aims to help women break the cycle of poverty, loneliness and unemployment and we are committed to helping women who haven’t had the easiest ride in life. https://www.facebook.com/CraftLockerElland/

Button It – Open Call for Contributions

Button It – Open Call for Contributions

What: Buttons, buttons and more buttons. We have a love for these beautiful, everyday objects and we’re making a collection of buttons with stories.

First invented as a form of decoration for clothing, buttons evolved over the years into something much more, and at one point they were the only thing keeping our modesty and clothing together. Nowadays, buttons can be anything from functional to decorative and not limited to the realms of fashion.

Our choices of buttons may say something about us as individuals but also buttons may be a physical representation of memories, thoughts and feelings or moments in life. These may be difficult times or painful memories or symbolic of happier times. A button may come to symbolise a literal ‘keeping it together’.

We invite you to find yourself in a button; a button that is anything from Bakelite, to bling, to bone and any combination in between. If it says something about you, we want it in our collection. Your button doesn’t need a specific provenance or value; they could be found on the street, under the sofa, in a sewing tin, in a charity shop, in a pocket, the spare button off your favourite garment reminiscent of halcyon days (although please don’t send an important heirloom).

Now to unbutton the stories. Your story may be about yourself or your button, it may be something you have never told anyone or a social stigma such as mental health, it may be something you are stuck with or want to let go of. Your story might be incredibly personal, or perhaps more general about something which affects you.

To tell your story a label should be attached to each button with an image (drawing, print, photograph, painting, collage, mixed media), poem or story in 2D or book/zine form. You can use the format of a traditional luggage label or make your own label.

Maximum dimensions: 10 x 5 x 5cm. You can submit as many buttons as you wish. You can include your name/website on your label or your submission can be anonymous if preferred.

We intend to exhibit all the buttons in our growing collection, however we reserve the right to exclude any submissions we consider inappropriate for any given setting.

Who: Everyone. Artists, makers, crafters, poets, writers, and anyone who doesn’t want to give themselves any of these labels but would like to create something. No previous experience necessary.

Where: This is a touring exhibition with the first showcase at CraftLocker in Elland, West Yorkshire.

When: June – July 2018, preview Friday 8th June.

Payments/fees: Contributors are required to cover applicable costs for delivering the work.

To submit: Post/deliver your labelled button to: FAO Alice Bradshaw & Vanessa Haley, CraftLocker, 77 Southgate, Elland, HX5 0EP, UK.

Deadline: Monday 4th June 2018

About Alice & Vanessa: Alice and Vanessa are independent artists and curators have been co-curating exhibitions and festivals together since 2010. Previous projects include: Warehouse Weekend, Huddersfield; The University of Incidental Knowledge http://universityincidentalknowledge.wordpress.com/ , Holmfirth Arts Festival 2011/12, Postscript for Hannah Festival https://postscriptedpostcards.wordpress.com/ and Soundstripes https://www.facebook.com/Soundstripes/

About CraftLocker: CraftLocker is a craft emporium offering the best from local artists, high quality craft classes and training, and helping women back onto their feet. As a social company, CraftLocker aims to help women break the cycle of poverty, loneliness and unemployment and we are committed to helping women who haven’t had the easiest ride in life. https://www.facebook.com/CraftLockerElland/