Meet Maureen Rose the woman who runs London’s oldest button shop, Taylor’s Buttons (London, UK).
“Every button tells a story and I have no idea how many there are in the shop. Some are more than 100 years old, but most I make to order. You send me the fabric – velvet, leather or whatever – and I’ll make you whatever you want. We used to do only small orders for tailors: two fronts and eight cuff buttons for a suit. Nowadays I do them by the hundred.”
Photo of Maureen Rose by Sarah Ainslie
Dangerously Close to Weaving Is a Proud Celebration of Textile Art
The all-women exhibition is on display now at The Rymer Gallery (Nashville, TN, USA). It is an ambitious showcase of fiber arts that features works by nine women. The work is anchored in identity and the desire to eschew gender expectations, but more than that, it’s a celebration of textiles.
Photo: 32 Hours of Negotiations Between the World and Me by Quinn Hunter
Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes was on view until 16 June 2019 at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue (Chicago, IL, USA).
The website shares a few works from the museum’s collection that show similar design and patterns for textiles and ceramics that developed in different areas of the Andes.
Photo: A work made of wool (camelid) and cotton, plain weave of discontinuous single interlocking warps and wefts.
Fragment, 200 AD–500 AD Nazca
I have been in Taylor’s Buttons! Fascinating place and Maureen was so nice to talk to.
I’m amused that Maureen’s sweater closes with a zipper!
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