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The Button Project - Buttons arrive in Macclesfield from all over the world!

The Button Project - a stunning exhibition of over 300 contemporary handmade buttons - is taking shape, as buttons start to arrive from all over the world. From Australia to Norway, and all over the UK, artists and makers are translating their work into buttons for this exciting new event.

Artists were asked to work within the constraints of traditional button sizes and fixing methods, but from there, their imagination was free to roam.  Each button is a miniature work of art in its own right and highly collectible.

The Button Project is intended to serve as a celebration of the heritage of the area, which began with the silk button. The dynamic buttons come from craft practitioners and artists at the top of their field, plus our rising stars and many who make just for the love of it. They will be showcased effortlessly alongside the silk costume collection at Macclesfield’s Heritage Centre from June 14 to August 8 2013.  Plus there will be related displays at the nearby Silk Museum showing treasures of the behind-the scenes button collections, and a lively button-making workshop for kids.

The museum curator, Annabel Wills, says

“It has been wonderful to see how our contemporary makers have responded to the historic collections at Macclesfield. A real feast of talent and inventiveness.”

From precious metals and traditional silk buttons, to glass, felt, enamels and recycled materials; the creativity from makers has been diverse and eye-catching, with The Button Project’s youngest contributor being just 11 years old. The project will be launched at, and will form part of the programme for, the Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield’s summer festival of contemporary arts, culture and fun, taking place in June. Both look set to be events not to be missed.

The Button Project: Macclesfield Heritage Centre Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT June 15 to August 82013.

Additional displays and events: The Silk Museum, Park Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 6TJ

The Button Project- Press Release

The nation’s makers roll up their sleeves for The Button Project


Bunny Button, by Rachel Elliott Glassworks

A stunning exhibition of contemporary handmade buttons will go on show alongside the silk costume collection at Macclesfield’s Heritage Centre this June.  Running from June 14 – August 8 the exhibition will be launched at Barnaby, the town’s summer festival of art and fun, and will showcase work by artists and makers from across the UK, and even beyond. 

Read more: The Button Project- Press Release

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Create & Craft

Saturday June 17th, 9am

Teneriffe Lace

We'll be back at Create & Craft in June with the Teneriffe Lace range - we'll have a new loom shape, as well as a new project pack with even more lace designs. 

Create & Craft TV: Sky 674 / 675 | Freeview 23 | Virgin 748 | Freesat 813 | Apple TV | Amazon Fire or watch online

Sunday July 9th, 2017, 5pm

Teneriffe Lace

Our June show has been re-scheduled to this date. We'll have a new project pack launching with patterns and materials!

Create & Craft TV: Sky 674 / 675 | Freeview 23 | Virgin 748 | Freesat 813 | Apple TV | Amazon Fire or watch online 

*Shows are live, and subject to change at short notice. Please remember to check the Create & Craft website listing for the latest information.


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