Wearing a button pin in support of a campaign dates back as far as President George Washington. Early button 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 mementos, souvenirs or prizes, and worn as a form of social activism. Most people regard buttons a trinkets to be worn and thrown away. To an artist, however, “disposable” items are often a foundation for making something extraordinary.