In collaboration with illustrator Winona Sarah, we brought to life the first series of enamel pins for The Print Shop. We chose striking monuments of the world which were drawn out and turned into pins.
Many enamel pins on the market range from 20 to 30mm, but we opted for 45mm-high pins to really showcase the detail and colour of these exquisite buildings and monuments, as well as to do justice to their real life grandeur. I’m beyond pleased with the way that they have turned out and I’m so stoked to be able to collaborate with my peers who do great creative work.
These are the stories behind them.
1. Arc de Triomf, Barcelona, Spain
The Arc de Triomf in Barcelona was built for the 1888 Universal Exhibition, symbolising the gateway to the modern Barcelona of the 19th century. Today, the monument is one of the monuments to see in the cosmopolitan coastal city. On a day of good weather, the Arc de Triomf positively gleams in the sunshine, the light showcasing all the beautiful colours of the structure, the pathway to it flanked by palm trees on both sides.
2. Blue Boat House, Perth, Australia
The Blue Boat House is a shed that sits pretty on the Swan River which runs through the city of Perth. The boardwalk connecting the boat house with the road has become a popular photo opportunity for many visitors. As a result, on the busiest of days, a queue forms with people waiting their turn to snap a photo with the boat house. Cut to the following year in Hong Kong, the Instagram-popular spot of Sai Wan Swimming Shed reminded me of this exact scene, with travellers queuing for a photo op at an unassuming spot that was never built specifically for tourism anyway. The Blue Boat House though, does make for a gorgeous pin doesn’t it?
3. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
I took a picture of the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which offered sweeping views of the city. It was the week after I’d finished my 6 month stint in Barcelona, and I remember really falling for Paris. It was my second time in Paris, but the first was a quick 3 day highlights of Paris type of tour, and I remember that full week in Paris being so relaxing. I had no laundry list of sights to tick off everyday, fully savouring the city and all it had to offer.