© Button Bothy  2016
Most people have some memory of “Granny’s Button Box” and for me this is where my passion for buttons started. Playing for hours with my Mum’s and my Gran’s button collections, from the mysterious jet black Victorian ones, to the run of the mill white shirt button cut off my Dad’s shirt, they were all much more than just a fastener to me. As a child I spent most of my time making things - anything I could find was utilised. I was very keen on art at school and went on to study sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, where I produced sculptures and installations made predominately from buttons. It was around then that my passion became an obsession! I graduated in 2002 and after spending a while longer in Edinburgh I decided to return to my birth place in the North West Highlands. After the birth of my son I scaled down my sculpture work and focused on expanding on the jewellery I had been making with my ever growing button collection.
Tournaig - My Birth Place
Each piece of Button Bothy jewellery is handmade by myself in my studio in the Highlands of Scotland. Most days I can be found “playing” in my studio, creating new pieces from an assortment of materials, in lots of different styles. My studio doubles up as a shop and there’s always someone popping in. Although I love working away in my studio, it’s also nice to get out and about with my work and I attend some craft fairs and trade shows too.
At work in the studio
When I’m not working I like to spend my time with my friends and family, enjoying all our local area has to offer, not least the spectacular scenery.
View over Poolewe
If you would like more information about my area have a look at my links page.
Tournaig - My Birth Place