Button Up

If you’ve ever seen Office Space, you already know that “flair” refers to the use of pinback buttons (the more the better) as a way to express yourself. But who knew that the actual button-making process could be so much fun? All it takes is a pin-sized message or recycled image you like; give it a whirl in an ingenious machine that encapsulates the image on a blank pinback and swiftly inserts the pin, and – voilà! — you’re ready to pin a little piece of yourself on your lapel. Or wherever. Denver entrepreneur and fashionista Tran Wills, who invested in the pricey equipment needed to create buttons of different sizes, is more than happy to share the joy of flair, and she’ll be directing traffic today for The New Minimum: 37 Pieces of Flair, a free Denver Public Library Fresh City Life workshop.

Get in line and join Wills from 2 to 4 p.m. at Novo Coffee, 1200 Acoma Street, for a pin-making extravaganza; all materials are provided, including flair-ready images. Or personalize further by bringing your own cutouts from comic books, gift wrap, photo reproductions or just about anything made of lightweight paper. Registration is required in advance for this enormously popular event; go to http://denverlibrary.org/fresh or call 720-865-1206.
Sat., April 17, 2-4 p.m., 2010

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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