Note on the Foreword to the catalogue
When the first nine paintings in the series appeared in January 2021 they were accompanied by a catalogue that included a mischievous Foreword by the fictitious Felicity Knäppchen (literal translation.: 'Happy Buttons') of the similarly fictitious Global Button Foundation. Unfamiliar at that stage of the project with the international community of button experts and collectors (amateur and professional), Heidi's aim was to draw attention to the surprising depth of meaning that can be extracted from a seemingly humble artefact.
C. Joy Journeay, VP of the US National Button Society and a genuine button connoisseur and aficionado, has kindly written a Foreword to the new, extended edition of Small Histories. In it she recognises and celebrates the enduring power of the button to trigger memories and emotions.