THE COMEBACK OF THE ENAMEL PIN
Enamel pins are not making a comeback, they’ve made a comeback and are pretty much here to stay! Since 2014 there’s been a pin revival with small artists sharing their art through enamel pins and making it cool to be a collector, losing it’s once nerdy label.
My reason for writing this post is that like many other artists before me I’ve decided to try my hand at reproducing my own art onto these teeny tiny enamel pins. Over the past year I’ve noticed many of my artists friends on Instagram producing their own pins and after some research and a bit of a learning curve with the design process, I’ve created my first enamel pin designs…woohoo!!
“You can buy a pin for less than $15 which is a pretty cheap investment for a piece of art that you can take anywhere”
This dinosaur pin was developed from a children’s wear design which I fell in love with and which started me down the path to researching more about pins and how to design for them. It’s not the same as just illustrating a nice dinosaur, you have to define your drawing and simplify it so that you can see the details at a very small scale. Originally, I had more eye detail but decided to add the shades to simplify it for manufacturing.
Here’s the original:
“Have fun with your art and work with current trends to develop one-of-a-kind pins”
The ease of finding manufacturers online and the help of social media sites like Instagram have made it super easy for even the smallest artist to sell these pins and reach pin collectors all over the world.
Just take a look at some of these Instagram accounts and see the numbers! PinLord, Pintrill, Inner Decay to name a few, are all at it! Of course, it wasn’t long until the big brands caught on and now you can find enamel pins in many of the high street stores like Zara and Urban Outfitters, although nothing beats a limited edition artist pin!
Another reason for their popularity would be the affordability. In most cases you can buy a pin for less than $15 which is a pretty cheap investment for a piece of art that you can take anywhere.
So the questions is, are you a pin collector and how do you wear your pins? Are you a lapel wearer or jean jacket, or maybe you just like to pin them all on your pin board? I’d love to know! Comment below.
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