Come one, come all to the Salon des Artistes on Sunday Dec. 2, from 9-4, at 616 Spruce NE (in lovely Spruce Park west of the University of New Mexico campus) here in Albuquerque. There will be eight artists selling, and I will have a selection of necklaces plus the two remaining dolls in my stable (maybe more dolls in 2013 - who knows).
Necklace #46, a mix of vintage and modern plastics on woven cotton Japanese bias tape.
The shiny watercolor effect of those dyed mother of pearl buttons led me to another watercolor-like look, beautiful hand-dyed fabrics by Sandra Holzman of Sandrasilk, http://sandrasilk.com..
Do check her website and learn about her marbling, printing, etc. on fine fabrics and see her gallery of wearable art. I am lucky enough to have a few of her remnants!
Here on Necklace #43 the covered buttons are accented with dyed mother of pearl buttons, on Japanese chirimen polyester bias tape. The dominant fabric on the buttons is a double-weave of linen and silk; the two layers float on top of each other as separate fabrics that join as one, interwoven, in various spots. For this necklace, I used the fabric linen-side-up, but the silk side is pretty exciting, too (another necklace later!).
And here is another using Sandra's fabric:
In this one, Necklace #44, the silk-covered buttons are accented with little vintage glass buttons, on woven cotton Japanese bias tape.
Welcome to Alison's Arts: Vintage Button Necklaces and Dolls, a portal through which I can present and share my necklaces and - although I haven't made any recently - my small textile figures. Lately I've been enjoying covering button forms with vintage Japanese fabrics (one of my great loves); I also use pleasing buttons, mostly vintage ones but some contemporary as well, made from many materials. Above I show a necklace of kimono-silk-covered buttons on Japanese chirimen polyester tape (top) and one of vintage plastic (mostly bakelite) buttons on a cotton/linen bias tape base (bottom). You can see more on my picasa web album at https://picasaweb.google.com/105148425797657603947/ButtonNecklaceSelectionsMostlyCurrentlyAvailable. In the album, each necklace has a number. For questions and prices (the average price is $50, but a few are $35, a few may be $60), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.