The ABW Artist

Clair Dunn

Clair lives in Swanton, Vermont, and her life is centered on the arts. For many years a graphic designer and typographer, she had her own studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where major clients included U.S. Robotics, The Selmer Company, The French Paper Company, and various departments at Western Michigan University.

Recently she has emerged on the Vermont art scene as a photographer and painter. In late 2008 Clair was a Finalist (20 out of 320) in the Vermont Arts Council's Art of Action project supported by Lyman Orton. Though she was not one of the ten commissioned artists, it was an honor to be a finalist. Single Button - Dunn

Clair was introduced to the versatility of polymer clay by Meta Strick, and, over pizza and beer at Mimmo's in St. Albans, Vermont, they decided to make buttons—fine art buttons. Buttons for weavers, bag-makers, knitters, and other fine art crafters.

Clair's approach to buttons brings together her passion for color and design. Sometimes that approach is painterly as well. The medium offers immense opportunity for variety and invention which means the work is never the same. And that is the point of Art Button Works—no single button and no set is ever the same.

Clair's encaustics, watercolors, algorithmic art, and photography can be seen at her web site, at at the Grand Isle Art Works in Grand Isle.

She also has a geek persona for which she is most grateful as it allowed her to create the Art Button Works site, complete with online database. More of her geek side can be seen at