Men’s buttons have four holes which allow them to be fixed firmly to a shirt. In tailoring, menswear buttons generally have a diameter of 11mm. It’s upper surface is denoted by either an engraving or a reasonably thick rim which serves to designate the ultimate use of the button.
In French, the verb émeriser describes the process of sanding down before polishing. This particular expression clearly warms hearts in the workshop. “The beauty of technical terms!” one might hear when passing through the studio, or even “Sorry I can’t. I’ve got my hands full, I’m emerising.”
Despite being subjected to distortion, elation or glorification, individual stories collectively form history. Old objects are the guardians of stories past. Tracking down their narrative is a pleasure which leads to the act of creation.