Designed and woven over the winter of 2001-02, “Each One: The Button Project, a 9/11 Memorial” uses over 3,000 buttons from hundreds of donors to represent lives lost.
In the weeks following September 11th, I searched for a way to understand the enormity of the loss of life that occurred on that day. My response was to make art. I wanted to honor each individual 9/11 victim and buttons seemed like an appropriate metaphor. On October 15th I e-mailed friends, family and colleagues soliciting buttons for this project, and in turn these people e-mailed their friends, family and colleagues. Within 24 hours I had a stranger at my studio door with a handful of buttons. Every day, for almost six months, I received more buttons either in my mailbox or hand delivered. Most packages of buttons came with a letter or note of support, thoughtful feedback, and feelings of gratitude. Over 8,000 buttons came to my door as a result of this one email. I began to see that I could use my art as a vehicle for healing and transformation.