A humble buttonhole – hidden by a bright button or a discreet one
Do we glance at, appreciate or pause to admire a fine hand-made buttonhole and acknowledge the craft and skill in it’s making?
What is our relationship with tailoring? What do we value and cherish in our clothing?
What of mass-produced fashion – the skilled seamstress, the home-worker, the factory worker? Safe conditions, trade unions, care and compassionate attention?
These buttonholes are randomly stitched, uneven, deliberately stitched with a line across the centre
Closed mouth, closed eyes, stitched shut in vibrant thread
The art of tailoring I learned much about during this work
Exploitation and ‘throw-away’ fashion I thought about constantly – there is work for me to follow through here – a responsibility as an artist to find ways of promoting discussion and awareness.
The tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh happened at the end of this body of work and I grieved – I will not forget or lose the opportunity to work more on this….