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-buttoning up the first year-
Upon concluding our reading for this week and with the influence of my first Health Issues blog post, I decided to engage in a project that would allow me to create something while I was sitting still, but able to share the memories of the art itself with others. I once created something similar on a much larger scale, but since I was mimicking being in a confined space to be comparable to a hospital bed, I chose to go a bit smaller.
Let’s get on with it…
I wrote on my Health Issues blog post about how expectant mothers (who are bed-confined) can engage in artistic and creative outlet by sewing. This allows for the mother to have something to spend her time on, something to show the passing of the time, and something tangible to give to her baby. In this art piece that I created, I used scrap fabric from several clothing items, blankets, favorite fabrics of miscellaneous garments worn by my son during his first year. From the scraps, I made fabric buttons and then arranged them to my liking and framed them. This was a way for me to have a creative outlet, reflect on the various memories tied to each fabric, and to share these with family.
This is how the buttons were arranged once I placed the matting down.
Then I made another one and framed them both…
Here is the one I made years ago, right after my son’s first birthday. It is in a stand-alone shadow box and is my favorite piece of art in my home. Its a huge piece and the buttons are spaced a little over an inch apart. My favorite part of this whole project is that it can be changed to satisfy several creative ventures.
I had to think of a way to use the scrap fabrics from my son’s clothing and fabrics, and since he is rather messy (like most children) the majority of his clothing was too stained to use for a baby clothes scrap quilt. Honestly, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I love this piece and I plan on making a few for a good friend of mine with both of her daughters clothing scraps.