If you’re a regular reader or follow me on Instagram, you will know I’m a big fan of enamel pins. My collection is pretty varied: I have cat pins, period positive pins, film/tv pins as well as pins of random objects. Some are on jackets and others are proudly displayed on cork boards in my living room.
I follow a lot of illustrators on Instagram and I’m always so pleased to see when they start selling pins. I think illustrations, especially those that make a statement, translate really well. I’m a big fan of feminist art and will jump at an opportunity to support independent sellers if I can. When I heard about Mel Stringer’s latest collaboration with Punky Pins, I just had to check it out.
Punky Pins are the place to go when it comes to pins and I’ve been meaning to shop with them for a while now. Funny story, I couldn’t remember their name and they just happened to email me. Talk about meant to be! They have pins for all the plant ladies out there, Stranger Things pins(!), a ton of cute animal ones, and just about everything you could possibly imagine. My favourite of theirs have always been the feminist cat ones; felines and feminism is my entire aesthetic.
However, this latest collection might be their best yet. They recently teamed up with Australian visual artist Mel Stringer and together they’ve created an adorable body positive range. If you’re not familiar with Mel’s work, definitely check her out! Her work is kawaii-inspired, super body-positive and hella cute. In a world where we’re bombarded with narrow beauty ideals, her self-love pieces are very welcome.
Punky Pins were kind enough to send a few from this collection and I’m excited to show you them today!
I was really impressed with how fast my parcel arrived, I think it was pretty much first class. Each pin is neatly wrapped in colourful tissue paper all safe and sound. Punky Pin’s branding is adorable and the parcel came with a few little ‘thank you’ business cards as well. It’s all really cute, I almost didn’t want to open them up.
Each pin is fixed to a small card, which features both Punky Pin’s and Mel Stringer’s branding on it. The pins themselves are strong and very high quality. In the past, I have bought pins where the backs fall off. You definitely don’t have to worry about this here, the quality is great. Mel’s illustrations look even better than I imagined! They’re so vibrant and eye-catching. I think they’re going to look great on my denim jacket.
The pin that immediately caught my eye was the ‘Cute AF Juice’ one. I am a sucker for a sassy pin! I have quite a few food and drink related pins already, so I thought it would fit my collection quite nicely. The ‘Love Your Body’ pin was another one I just had to have. Not only is it an important reminder, I’ve also never seen anything quite like it. I completely fell in love with the ‘Lola’ pin too, it just spoke to me you know? Things have been a little on the rough side lately and it’s always nice to be reminded that your feelings are valid. Again, I thought this was a really unique pin.
The entire collection is full of gorgeous curvy women and re-affirming statements. It’s a really stunning and positive collection all round. Punky Pins could not have put it better themselves: “[there is] enough designs to help you be your own kind of beautiful.”
Pins from this collection are all £7.00. This is more expensive than other pins on their site, but I’d say it’s a decent price for a collaboration. Plus you really do get what you pay for. They’re cute, good quality and I’m just in love with them all!
*This post contains PR samples, but all opinions are my own.