The Secret Language of Buttons
Monday, May 28, 2012 • 10:00am
The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts invites visitors to learn all about the Secret Language of Buttons on Saturday, June 9th at 2:00pm.
What did Napoleon have to do with the history of buttons? Find out with artist Kai Cole of ButtonTHIS as she presents a fascinating, interactive lecture about the colorful evolution of buttons. Learn about the button’s history, purpose and design, while discovering some little known facts along the way. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a button project at the end of the program.
A native New Jerseyan, Kai Cole was born in South Orange and currently resides in Jersey City. She graduated from NYIT with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Her creative energy has manifested into a line of eco-friendly buttons called ButtonTHIS; made to meet the growing demand for unique and custom sewing notions. These designs have been featured in popular venues such as Ravelry, Knitter's Review, Etsy, The Examiner, IndieSpotting and Craft Cult. Through the creation of this product, Kai seeks to create an innovative form of collaboration for Artists and the Fashion Industry.
Appropriate for all ages 10 & up. Space is limited. Advance registration required, call 973-377-2982 x14. $7 for Non-members & $4 for Members (includes supplies and Museum admission).
Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children 6 and older, and free for members and children under 6. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Mondays & Major Holidays. (SUMMER HOURS- July & August, Tuesday-Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Closed Sunday & Monday.)
Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey. Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country. The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.
The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received a General Operating Support Grant from the Borough of Madison, Charles Read Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at www.metc.org.