Buttons for Art, Buttons for Craft

Button collectors try to keep their buttons intact, but they also welcome ways to enjoy using them in craft or art projects. For the Fall Show in 2017, Annie Frazier and Mary Jane Pozarycki sponsored three competitions. Members competed with buttons used in artwork, jewelry, and wearables. In this photo, Helene Plank (left) and Lorraine Grinka display their amazing creations. Buttons needed to be the key component.

The directions required that only craft quality buttons should be used if the process includes gluing or other permanent changes to the button.  “No collectible buttons should be used unless they are sewn or wired onto the piece. Shanks should not be removed from buttons.”  The awards were judged by popular vote with comments from the sponsors. The competitions were inspired by the success of the Button Art Contest held at the Florida show in January.  “Our thanks to Sylvia Durell who designed this contest.  Many people love to create with buttons and we would like to have them participate.”


Mary Jane: Buttons as Quilt Squares

In this project, Mary Jane combines her skill with quilting and her love of buttons. She explains how she crafted her entry in a competition (now postponed) based on Mary Shelby’s button quilt.

Mary Jane contributes in many ways to the New Jersey State Button Society — her chocolate chip cookies and brownies are legendary at our meetings! We are also grateful for her creativity.

Until she made this video, Mary Jane had never MADE videos. Perhaps she can inspire the rest of us! Living in our virtual world this season, it’s so much fun – and makes us feel more ‘together’ — when we can see and hear a button friend! If you need help making the video, just email and we’ll try to help.