Chances are good you’ve got some buttons stashed away somewhere. They fall off our clothes or come with new clothing as spares in tiny pouches. What do you do with those orphan buttons? Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel (previously featured here) uses buttons - so many buttons - to create intricate works of art, including a new series of monochromatic celebrity portraits.
"I realize how insignificant and small a simple sewing button can be as it lays in my grandmother’s sewing box, but at the same time how unique and precious it can become as part of a work of art. Like an atom in a molecule, each button serves and shapes the whole. I hold the button to my ear and it whispers to me, ‘I want to be…..’"
To create these pieces Esquivel uses hundreds of monofilament strings upon which he painstakingly threads thousands of buttons into hanging chains, similar to how our friend Kevin Champeny strings his awesome GummiBear Candeliers. When all of the button strings are hung side by side they form a pixelated image, such as the faces of Salvador Dalí, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Audrey Hepburn seen here.
[via The Visual News]