EDIT - 10/1/06 - If you have a phobia of buttons don't click on this link. Apparently it will upset you.
April's theme for A Month of Softies is "The Recycled Monster.
Why buttons? I recently returned to work from successful thrift shopping at lunchtime looking for vintage buttons. Excitedly showing my boss the buttons, I wondered why she'd gone quiet and a little strange....I mean, why not be as excited as I was about the scabby looking bunch of buttons that obviously needed a wash? It wasn't until a few hours later I remembered that she had (and still has slightly) a phobia of buttons. As a child they made her feel ill. Any clothes she wore couldn't have buttons! Apparently this isn't as unusual as I thought.
The button phobia ended up driving my MOS design this month. Made from recycled denim jeans, her bottom is from the band of a thrifted felted jumper and the buttons, are all thrifted. The stuffing and thread are new.
Overall I'm pretty happy with her. She looks fairly creepy and sinister I think (well if you had a phobia of buttons), just imagine if you had a button phobia, how would you feel? Now the question is, do I take her to work on Monday to show the boss....whooohaaaarrr