Printables, Buttons, Magnets. Liza Cowan design.

Vermont, United States · 40 Sales


Printables, Buttons, Magnets. Liza Cowan design.

Vermont, United States 40 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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beverlymiller81 on Sep 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

So cute! Fast shipping and packed well. Reminds me of the doll I had when I was a kid--makes me smile.

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Decorative buttons designed by LIza Cowan

I started designing pinback buttons and greeting cards back in the 1970's. My company was called White Mare, Inc. and was quite successful. I ended the business when I decided to go back to college and graduate school, to raise my daughters, and to focus on painting and photography.

In 2005, in Burlington, Vermont, I opened and ran an art gallery, Pine Street Art Works, featuring work by mid-career artists from around the US. In 2009, I opened Small Equals, which was a 90 sq. foot shop inside a collective studio/exhibition space. I focussed on selling very small, very cool products. In addition to items from around the world, I also featured products of my own design, including wooden keepsake boxes. Eventually I decided to close the brick and mortar shop and to sell only online and in local craft fairs.

While I was running the gallery, I also was busy collecting vintage ephemera, building on my early interest in trade cards, post cards and recipe books. Sometimes I sold these in the gallery, sometimes I scanned and used the images, or parts of them, for greeting cards, posters and artworks of my own design. If you read my blog you will see many many articles about ephemera.

My ephemera collections serve as the building blocks of many of my digital downloads, either in their original form, or as parts of my design work.

In the Fall of 2015, one of my old White Mare Buttons found surprising fame when a photo I took in 1976 became the inspiration for the remake of a t-shirt and the button, "the future is female." It became so wildly popular that it was written about in The New York Times and several European fashion magazines. It was then that I decided it was time to go back into the button business.

I design buttons that are purely decorative, using digital collages made from scanned elements from my large ephemera collections, or from my own original drawings or prints. I think of my buttons as pop jewelry. I don't want my friends or customers to have to spend a lot of money to be beautifully adorned, and one way to make this possible is to use the technologies of mass production. I collaborate with a button factory in Ohio, to make my work available at everyday low prices with extraordinary detail and flair.

My painting, designs and photographs have been shown in galleries around the US, and featured in articles in The New York Times, i-D, Marie Claire, Some of my work will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at The Museum Of The City Of New York.

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    Medina, OH, United States

    In business for 11 years. Excellent quality and customer service. Their online chat service is impeccable, and they've even taken the time to chat with me on the phone if I have questions or special requests. Excellent product.

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