I once worked with someone who had a phobia of buttons (apparently the official name of which is Koumpounophobia). It came up whilst we were semi-submerged in a pile of them as part of a team building exercise (true story).
Anyway, I felt kind of bad for her, because I just love them. And when you think about it, buttons are a fairly prevalent commodity in society, so that can’t be an easy phobia to live with.
I don’t think I’m alone, given the many button-related crafty bits and bobs that can be found everywhere at the moment. What is it about a button that we love? Or loath come to think of that?
Cute, colourful, funky, useful little discs that were treasures of our childhood and seem to sum up beautifully all that is home-spun and shabbychic (how many of you have bought a pair of pants because of the cute little button detail…or is that just me?!)
But Koumpounophobia draws our attention to the darker side of the humble button – stitched on soulless eyes, pock-like connotations and early-childhood choking traumas . Scary stuff really.
No, for me, buttons elicit a bizzare kind of joy that really doesn’t make sense. Now I come to think about it, fearing them is probably grounded in more logic. We talk about irrational fears, but really our joys in life are possibly more unhinged.
So, in celebration of this particular irrational joy of mine, I’ve done some scrolling of the www, and have created a lovely new Pinterest Board here capturing cool and quirky button-related beauties.
And I created this lovely Etsy Treasury full of button-related products (for anyone who doesn’t know, Etsy Treasuries enable you to curate collections of items that you love. Its a way of supporting other sellers to raise the profile of their shop, and is a very addictive and joyful way to pass some time…recommend you give it a go when you have a spare minute or two):
What is it about buttons that makes me so happy?
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I’m left inspired to make something buttony. I started making this peacock cushion cover a while back with the intention of bestowing lots of buttons on it – time I think it was finished! Watch this space, will let you know when its done…
What are your irrational joys in life?
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