Finishing touches, can make or break a creation, I have always had a passion for mother of pearl buttons, a Pearly Queen at heart. As I grew through childhood my mother moved the buttons from one dress to the next, they were like a constant familiar friend. I loved their natural imperfections with their iridescent shell colours, each a slightly different hue.
Some buttons very simple, others with their design detail talk of the variety of tools that were used to carve them to make them dance with gem like brilliance in the light.
In their tumbling sparkling jumble they are like stars and snowflakes.
And in their detail we see the imperfections of the human hand.
They all have their story to tell, from hidden shellfish deep in murky brine to singing in the sunlight with their pale iridescent colours, they will travel with me for a short while.