With the theme of Fairy Tales and Fables the New Jersey State Button Society will present its Spring Show and Competition on Saturday May 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.a t the Union Fire Company Fire Company and Rescue Squad Hall, 1396 River Road (Route 29), Titusville, NJ 08560. Admission is free, and the public is invited.
Antique buttons made from enamel, glass, metal, and ivory, plus a wide variety of other modern and vintage buttons will be on display and also available for purchase.
This year a button favor has been exclusively designed and curated for the NJSBS by New Jersey artist and button collector, Nancy DuBois. She has been creating buttons for more than 25 years with varied techniques such as sculpting and carving, watch crystal button construction, scrimshaw, cameo carving, reverse carving and flame working.
She and her husband Skip raise cattle and Muscovy ducks on their farm in Salem County. The first 25 people who come to the show will receive one of her limited quantity studio buttons that feature buttonbush flowers, a deciduous shrub native to New Jersey. “We have buttonbushes on our property and they have always fascinated me,” said DuBois. “So, it seemed like a fun project to make a ‘fun’ button about it.” Some of her other button creations will be on display at the show.
NJSBS members study, collect, and enjoy garment buttons from the present and centuries past. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-468-2195.