Dorset Button Making : Lisa Tilley

"Dorset Buttons date back to the 16-1800s, when they were worn by field workers and made entirely by cloth allowing them to go through the mangle. Today they can be made around metal rings for sturdiness and are produced with variations of hand stitches. They can be used both decoratively to make jewellery and embellish items as well as practically as buttons in their original form. Suitable for all abilities, materials included."

Tutor: Lisa Tilley

"Lisa Tilley completed a BA Hons in Textile Design at The Nottingham Trent School of Art & Design, after studying locally. She is trained a weaver, but also skilled in many other techniques and is a Bedfordshire Bobbin Lacemaker with the Aragon Lacemakers. Lisa is mainly known however for her business ‘u old bag!’ in which she produces one of a kind bags and accessories, by hand from reclaimed materials. She has exhibited and sold her works within prestigious institutions, such as The Crafts Council, The National Centre of Craft and Design and Paul Smith Stores and is critically acclaimed being featured in national and international press such as The Times, The Guardian and Vogue. Lisa also lectures Art and Textiles at various UK based Colleges, Schools, Museums and institutions. "