Miami Nice !

The Buttons are spreading !!! I have never been to Miami ,it is definitely on my to do list but it looks like my buttons have beaten me to it !!  How cool is that ;0)

I have to give a huge thank you to stylist Courtney Smith http://www.courtneysmith.ie for making this happen. A while ago on twitter Courtney put a call out for information on any IRISH jewellery makers that she should look into , a couple of my lovely shops and twitter friends tweeted about Button studio and it went from there.

It would have been very easy for Courtney to put any  piece of  jewellery on for this shoot but the fact she went that extra step to support a small Irish jewellery maker really is fantastic ;0) So a huge thank you Courtney and to U magazine for featuring my work in this weeks 17th June issue . It is part of the fantastic shoot called Miami Nice photographed by Daniel Holfeld http://www.danielholfeld.com and styled by Courtney Smith.

U magazine 100% Irish and living up to its claim ;0)

Daisy Chain RDS entry

I just got some good news that my entry for the RDS competition has got through to the final round of Judging ;0)

Daisy Chain

Real Irish daisy’s strategically cast into clear resin to form a eye-catching and fresh take on the traditional daisy chain that we all grew up making. A frozen sample of summer for ever and ever.

This piece is a modern take on the traditional Daisy chain. As children making them was a regular pass time a activitie largely lost once one gets older.

My daisy chain piece is made from real daisy’s from my garden, I cast them fresh so they still have their 3d shape( not easy as i had to work out how to make them hold there colour and shape)  Daises are classed as weeds but really never fall into peoples thoughts as weeds, they always stir up happy memories of summer and childhood. These daisy’s will never fade or rote they are frozen in time and in winter they will be a nice reminder of what summer brings.

Wonderful Windows

OK I  might be a little biased but I think that Kilkenny Designs window is fantastic right now. I haven’t been able to find out to much about it but it seems to be some very clever persons final year project … I just love the colours and fresh look that it brings to Visual merchandising/ Window display , and of course i love and WANT !! all the Buttons !!

I have just today sent my work to a wonderful shop in Plymouth in the Uk called Funky Poppy. I am delighted that they will be stocking my work and i was blown away by their clever/ inventive / on theme window . Olympic Themed with a Button Twist . Window displays are really hard things to do and seeing shops like Kilkenny and Funky Poppy making such a effort and getting it so right is just fantastic. You both win a gold medal from me ;0)

Funky Poppy .. The Button Company http://www.funkypoppy.com  Plymouth, United Kingdom

Happy Mother’s Day

With the weekend that is in it I just wanted to let you all know what a special mum I have.

  Button studio wouldn’t be the same without my mum. Anybody who knows my work knows that all the pendants come in lovely handmade Pillow boxes ,   “the little extra touch”… Well my mum makes all of them ;0) . My best friend Kate came up with the design and she also has done her unfair share of making them and to both I am very grateful.

It is not just the packaging , it is the button sorting and stamping and the post office runs  and the support and advise  , I really couldn’t do it all without her. I am very lucky to have her creative spirit.

  So Happy Mother’s Day Mum ..  I am a very lucky Button Girl to have a Button Mum like you ;0)

Cool Faces App

I am always looking for fun apps that i can play with and I just love this app .. It is called Cool Faces , kind of a silly name but the idea is so simply and fun so it makes up for the name!   It is available for free and you can upgrade if you like .. I just did a very quick alteration on a board of buttons from the show .. They use fingers which is fun too.. the possibilities are endless !

Birmingham for Buttons !

Well we went on a mini one day adventure to Birmingham… Last Monday we flew over to uk for a Craft Trade fair .. I was in search of buttons surprise surprise… Came across this amazing Giant button at one of the stands …

With a 3am start it was a long day .. found some lovely button displays which cheered me up but unfortunately didn’t find the kind of buttons i was looking for .. Great day though always good to get out of the studio every so often ;0)

Keeping it Fresh

Its been a very busy time in Button Studio . I really enjoyed the crazy run up to Christmas with the amazing response to Nationwide and meeting lots of lovely people at the RDS Christmas craft fair . I really enjoyed chatting to customers at the fair and getting feedback on what they would like to see and wear .

I understand trends and how it is important to keep a eye on them but you also have to keep looking for fresh inspiration and trying things out. I launched some new designs at the craft fair  and was really happy with the response, so working of the feedback I launched the new designs at Showcase Ireland last week . So hopefully they will be in a shop near you soon .