When she passed away in 2011, I asked if I could have the buttons. I knew I wanted to make something out of them eventually. They sat in my parents garage for a few years while I thought about ideas. Finally, I started putting them together in this abstract design, just letting my creative impulse take over. Things began to take shape. The buttons form pathways, looping in and around each other, much the same way that our family members intertwine with us. I wanted to preserve the characteristics of the buttons and let them be the focal point of the piece. I named the piece Generations as a way to honor my grandma, generations of the past, and to allude to the way that this piece will carry on the beauty of my grandma's legacy and the beauty of the buttons for generations of the future.