Linda Wright, is the owner and founder of My Mothers Buttons. Her career started as a foreign & domestic buyer for Nordstrom. She founded My Mothers Buttons in 1992 when she inherited her mother’s care worn sewing box. Some of her fondest memories as a child were the hours her mother and she spent playing in the family button box.
The buttons were so sentimental to Linda that she decided to make a few pieces of jewelry for her mother’s friends as keepsakes. She happened upon an antique button show and fell in love with the beautiful buttons from the opulent Victorian era. Buttons of the Victorian era were worn for lavish, ornate detail rather than for function.
Since then Linda has been designing one-of-a-kind jewelry using authentic Victorian buttons and other wonderful French finds, circa 1840-1900 found mostly at Paris flea markets.
Before starting My Mothers Buttons, Linda Wright worked her way through the ranks at Nordstrom. She started out sorting hangers in the basement to becoming the accessories buyer for twelve stores. She then went on to work in product development where she worked with designers in Germany, Paris, and Milan. A particular highlight, she noted, was working with Paloma Picasso in Italy on a line of leather goods!
One of the benefits of life as an artist is a flexible schedule. This has allowed Linda to volunteer for children’s causes; a passion of hers since her early twenties. She spent eight years as a "Big Sister" for the non profit organization and went on to become state licensed foster parent through Childhaven in Seattle. Linda has taken 99 foster babies and toddlers in crisis situations into her home over a 4 year time period.
The most rewarding moment in her life was the day she adopted her now ninteen year old daughter, Isabella. Isabella assists Linda in the “button studio” giving design advice and hand crafting jewelry right next to her mom when she isn’t studying to become a police officer.
Each piece of jewelry is hand crafted by Linda and her team in her studio in Edmonds, Washington where she has resided since her childhood. My Mothers Buttons designs can be found in stores, galleries, and museums all over the United States and Europe.