Grandma's Button Box
Screen Print on Somerset paper
58cm x 48cm
I was very close to my Grandma, and when she died I was given her sewing box among other things. It was a real document of the 80 years of her life, with items dating back to before the First World War and others from only a few years ago. It really seemed to epitomise the 'waste not, want not' ethos of my Grandma's generation. I wanted to document these items, somehow and in doing so both create a kind of portrait of my Grandma, but also something a bit broader - these things are in most household's sewing box. I wanted to remember my Grandma as an individual, but also know that she was part of something bigger.
This print was made for a Portfolio of Prints commissioned by Edinburgh Printmakers to mark their 50th Anniversary. The wanted to produce a collection of members' work around the theme 'From Paper to Gold'. I decided to use my Grandma's buttons as the starting point, and tried to include buttons that represent all the different anniversaries - paper, wood, leather, pearl, ruby etc. I think everyone's granny has a button box, full of buttons cut off discarded clothing, so it is also a universal image of collecting something that is ordinary yet not to be wasted.
Please note that this is a handmade print and there may be slight variations in the edition. Each piece is unique!