After browsing some other artist blogs, I realized I don’t write very much about my own process–what I actually do during the day, and how I make what I make.

So today here’s a little peek at what I’m working on.

I’ve been working on a series of very tiny fabric collages. These are mini versions of my fiber wall hangings, small enough to wear as a pin.

They’re going well. I’m in “the zone” and feeling good about them. I’m using tiny horses, fish, bears, birds and I even have one with a tiny otter.

I was so confident with my progress, I called to schedule a photo shoot with my photographer, Jeff Baird of Brattleboro VT at 9:30 a.m. sharp. (Ha ha. Jeff knows I’ll be 15 minutes late.)

I just realized we’ll be gone this weekend.

If I want to finish 15 mini collages in time to have them photographed this Monday, I have to get them done today.

I’m about 75% finished with four, and 50% finished with eleven. I needed four tiny orange buttons to finish one. I had three. So I stopped to make more.

I just made 180 very tiny orange button beads.

They’re now in the oven baking, and I’m working with the collages that will use aqua, yellow or leaf green buttons for now.

Here’s a picture of one showing the very tiny orange buttons.

How is your day going?

P.S. I just ran out of pale aqua buttons.

P.P.S. Oh for cryin’ out loud–bright olive green.

Author: Luann Udell

I find it just as important to write about my art as to make it. I am fascinated by stories. You can tell when people are speaking their truth--their eyes light up, their voices become strong, their entire body posture becomes powerful and upright. I love it when people get to this place in their work, their relationships, their art. As I work from this powerful place in MY heart, I share this process with others--so they have a strong place to stand, too. Because the world needs our beautiful art. All of it we can make, as fast as we can! Whether it's a bowl, a painting, a song, a garden, a story, if it makes our world a better place, we need to do everything in our power to get it out there.

5 thoughts on “TINY ORANGE BUTTONS”

  1. Gorgeous collage pin!
    My day went well, I was teaching sculpture to teens the whole day!
    And now I’m getting ready mentally to work on some Valentine’s orders ( when two of my male colleagues heard I make jewelry they found the presents for their wives! haha !).
    Have fun making buttons !


  2. You know, I didn’t realize you made the buttons until now. That’s sort of embarrassing. I mention it though, in case you want to mention that more prominently in your etsy listing. (Maybe you do, and I just missed it…)


  3. Elaine, that’s a good point. But you are not alone.

    I make SO MUCH of the items in my work, people’s eyes glaze over even when it’s right in front of them.

    I start out saying, “I make all these artifacts myself.” They say, “Where did you get these little carved horses.” I say, “I made them.” They say, “These little buttons are sweet! Are they glass?” “I say, “I made the buttons, too. They’re polymer clay.” They say, “What about these buttons? Did you make them, too?” “Where did you find fabric that’s raveled like that?” “This fabric is awesome!” Where did you get it?”

    I end up saying something like, “Yes, I made the horse, I made these beads, I made those beads, I made these buttons, these buttons and these buttons, I sanded and painted the stick, I shredded, painted and printed these fabrics, I did the stitching, the embroidery, blah blah blah.”

    I sound like a lunatic.

    Or an extremely talented artist. I’m so hoping the latter! :^D


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