wearing a button pin in support of a campaign dates back as far as President George Washington. Early buttons were sewn on garments or worn as pendants. the modern design of a metal button with a plastic cover and wire pin clasp was first seen in mass production in the late 19th century, during William McKinley’s presidential campaign. Widely associated with politics, the pin-back lapel button or badge was used for advertising purposes, distributed as memento, souvenier or prizes, and won as a form of social activism. Most people regard buttons as trinkets to be worn and thrown away. To an artist, however, “disposable” items are often a foundation for making something extraordinary.