Laura Walker / Veronica Buttons

Laura Walker of Veronica Buttons designs and makes couture ceramic buttons that are heavily influenced by vintage textiles, embroidery and the idea of expanding on the limitations and preconceptions placed on buttons as utilitarian items. Laura sat down recently to share a bit of herself with us.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I always did art and design, I've always made stuff. I then went onto study Textile crafts at university and specialised in Embroidery. I always had a problem confining myself to one medium and one process so embroidery appealed to me as it was so wide. I could use anything from rusty wire to fine silks. I began to make ceramic buttons because I couldn't find what I wanted for my work, I try my best to 'mash' together the idea of ceramic buttons and embroidery as much as I can, the idea of stitching through ceramic excites me.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Be around creative types, long conversations, eating good food, creating and the list goes on...

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
The post office....they keep closing them down.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
a button brooch

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
It was either an artist or a ballet dancer, I did ballet until I was 13 but I injured my foot and stopped dancing. Everyone always said I'd be an artist.

What other shops out there do you love?

What does your future hold?
I'm no fortune teller (my great grandmother was) but I hope to continue creating and and expanding, I love this job! At the moment I am working on expanding my lines of button pendants to join my brooches and possibly earrings. I exhibit at trade shows in London and I'm wanting to exhibit at trade shows abroad, I love traveling.

Visit Laura at her shop Veronica Buttons or go take a look at her creations on Flickr.