- Taryn O. McCabe Artist Statement
I look at the button, an everyday, commonplace item, and how it signifies more than just a useful object. My collections speak of a time when things were not mass produced. With so much being factory-made, the genuine act of creating something by hand is unique as well as empowering.
It is with my labor, care, and studies that I imprint tangible narratives such as old lace, tablecloths, pillowcases, and handkerchiefs within handmade porcelain buttons. My work is a collection which is not actually “collected” but created; a personal history that embraces feminism through femininity. Knitting, crocheting, tatting and embroidery are all skills with feminine overtones that are present in my work, referencing delicacy, repetition and a feminine history.
It’s always something. As if it is not enough to get work done for the end of the semester – now I have scholarship deadlines in hopes of getting money and recognition. Well, here is the new crop of work. Feel free to recognize me or give me money!