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Royal Flush Bracelet

Presentations on Antique Buttons

By Emilie Collens Illson

Laurel School's Artisan Bazaar

This professional presentation is available for groups of any size, either in my Rocky River home or at your meeting place. Audiences in the past have included garden clubs, quilters guilds, Red Hat Ladies, Victorian Tea Societies, church groups, The Nature Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art Textile Art Alliance, and a dozen different libraries. The presentation is very "hands-on". I focus on 9 different types of antique buttons: Bone, Vegetable Ivory, Porcelain, Tin, Painted Wood, Bison Horn, Mother-of-Pearl, Celluloid, and Bakelite. For each type I bring an enamel tray, on which are loose buttons, a bracelet made of that type of button, and period-appropriate household objects, made of the same material. The objects are Museum-quality artifacts, collected over a forty-year period. They are as old as the buttons which accompany them, 1840's to 1940's. These items are explained and then passed around the group for each member to touch and examine up close.

 
Bone Button Tray
Bone Button Tray

The goal of the presentation is to educate (and entertain!), but more importantly, to enhance individual appreciation for my life's passion, the Button Down Design bracelets. Following the ½ hour presentation and question/answer segment, the group members will have a chance to examine, try on, and ask questions about the bracelets on hand for purchase. After 9 years in business, I have designed and sewn over 5000 bracelets. Two National Museum Shops now carry my work, the Museum of American Folk Art, in Manhattan, and the Museum of Women in the Arts, in D.C.

Although no purchasing of bracelets is required or assumed, if 10 are purchased the entire presentation fee will be refunded to the group.

Each bracelet is unique, and comes with a hand-written description of the buttons in that particular design, as well as a black velvet gift pouch. They are available in sizes from XXS (for tiny newborns) up to XXL, and in styles appropriate for occasions from Rugby games to Royal weddings. The workmanship is guaranteed for life.

PRESENTATION FEE

$75
(Additional TRAVEL FEE may apply for Presentations which are more than 20 miles away from Rocky River)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Emilie Collens Illson
247 Elmwood Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

440-263-4740
emilie@buttondowndesigns.com

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Vegetable Ivory Button Tray
Vegetable Ivory Button Tray
Porcelain Button Tray
Porcelain Button Tray
Tin Button Tray
Tin Button Tray
Painted Wood Button Tray
Painted Wood Button Tray
Mother of Pearl Button Tray
Mother of Pearl Button Tray
Celluloid Button Tray
Celluloid Button Tray
Bakelite Button Tray
Bakelite Button Tray