Month: October 2018

A Weekend of Pin-Related Events

Free this weekend? Check out these four pin-related happenings in four different cities. All featured events include at least one pin vendor.

Flair Fair

New Haven, Connecticut

Saturday

About: Pin, buttons and patch market ‘n meetup. Shop unique and collectible artist items. specializes in featuring pins, patches, and buttons—but also items ranging from keychains to t-shirts to zines. These inexpensive items make unique gifts and style statements for friends, loved ones, and yourself while also supporting independent artists + designers.

When: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Where: Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut 06515

Details: Features more than 10 independent artists and designers selling affordable, unique items for your wardrobe and home.

Pin a d patch culture has reached cult-like status, and the organizers are proud to organize an event that bring fans and makers together. Many visitors use it as way to share, collect, trade, and meet-up with some of their favorite makers and fellow fans in the community.

Event is open to the public and free.

Lyric Hall is just 2 miles from downtown New Haven, Connecticut and a short drive from other major cities. (Providence, RI- 1.5 Hours, Boston, MA- 2.5 Hours, New York City- 1.5 Hours.) New Haven is the last stop on the Metro North commuter rail out of Grand Central

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: Strangeways, A Fink and Ink, Cat Party Design Studio, GAYPIN’, Krystan Saint Cat, KWT Designs, Alana Ladson Art, Pinscript, Pins By Dean, The Pulp Girls, The Tiny Hobo, Wild Tiger Pins, Yellow Stripe Co.

 

Patches and Pins Expo: New York City

About: Patches and Pins Expo is the nations largest flair event. The event includes pins, patches, art, fashion and toys.

When: Noon- 7:30 p.m.

Where: Metropolitan West, 639 w 46th st, New York, NY 10036

Details: Tickets are approximately $10. Free pin to the first 400 attendees. Event organizers expect approximately 3,000 attendees at the event.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: BxE Buttons X StaciaMade, Trippy Pins, Dead End Threads, We Are Glitch Bitch, and Nerd Pins. 

 

Pin Pal Palooza

About: A humble convention for all things enamel/lapel pin-related designed by your favorite artists and more.

When: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where: Gallery Nucleus, 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

Details: Costumes are encouraged. Free admission, no RSVP required. First 100 people in line will receive a free gift pin–Limited to 1 pin per person. The event will include a raffle.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: BB-Cre.8, Midnight Dogs, I Loot Paperie, Pink Owlet, Little Shop Of Pins, Nellie Le and Hey it’s Meu, Doggie Drawings by Lili Chen, Rather Keen, Thom Foolery, VUDUBERI, Nagive Gold Clothing, Birdstonshire, Blue Ruin Co./Pin Museum, Robot Dance Battle, Tiny Deer Studio, Baer and Lamb, Pixlotl, The Fantasmical World of Rhode Montijo, DKNG, No Man’s Press, Lost Lust Supply, SohSilly, OchuuSummer, Odds and Sods, Victoria Orolfo Art, Genevieve Tsai, and Alex Ahad

 

Midwest Flair Festival

Chicago, Illinois

Sunday

About: Flair Vendors from around the world selling
Pins, Patches and Wearable Art.

When: Noon- 4 p.m.

Where: Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., Chicago, IL

Details: Free, all ages.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: 1606 Supply Company, Amar Riley, Anatomical Element, Anna Lisa Illustration, Bianca Xunise, Bright Bat Design, Creepy Company, Cunning Linguist Co., Dreaming of Johnny, Enerjax, Flair Chicago, The Found, Furious Flair, Girl Fawkes Pins, Isabella Rotman, Last Craft Designs, Lil Boat Boutique, Negamidas, Nobody Wants To See Your Dick, NYXTURNA, Outrider Design, Pincheloca, Pop Rocket Creations, Reppin Pins, Rosalarian, Salad Days, Sara M Lyons, Shiny Apple Studio, Sidewinder Goods, Unexpected, VICHCRAFT, Wit and Co and Wildhunt Illustration and Design.

Pin Drop Friday- 10/6/2018

This weekly feature spotlights a variety handful of new enamel pin releases from the week. (This does not include pre-orders, only pins that are currently live and available for immediate purchase.) If you are debuting a new pin and would like it to be included in Pin Drop Friday, you can DM @for_the_share_of_flair on Instagram or email Caitlin.M.Foyt@gmail.com.

 

The Mad Bombers

Big Frank

The Mad Bombers are known for their unique brand of horror-themed, bubbly spa products. (If you’re looking for a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “IT” or “The Babadook”-themed bath bomb—Mad Bombers have got you covered.) And they also make enamel pins! This week, the brand launched a hinged Frankenstein pin the can be opened up to reveal his insides—and the packaging is designed to look like Milton Bradley’s classic edition of the game “Operation.” Big Frank measures 2.5” long and is made from soft enamel. He’s now available for $15 at The Mad Bombers Etsy store.

A Weekend of Pin-Related Events

Free this weekend? Check out these five pin-related happenings in five different cities. All featured events include at least one pin vendor.

32nd Annual California Avocado Festival

Carpinteria, California

Friday-Sunday

About: Home of the world’s largest vat of guacamole! The California Avocado Festival is a A celebration of peace, love and guacamole at the three-day festival dedicated to the green fruit (yep, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable) in all its forms. In past years, the event has attracted 100,000+ people.

When: Friday 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where: Linden Avenue in Downtown Carpinteria, CA 93013

Details: The event’s Food Venue, which features tastings of avocado-based recipes, like guacamole, salad, soups and more, is located on the 800 block of Linden Avenue.

The festival includes more than 70 musical acts on four different stages–The MAIN stage is located on 9th Street, The SEAL Stage is located in front of the Smart & Final, The GUAC & GROTTO Stage is located on 8th Street and the KIDS Stage is located on 7th Street. Signature events include the World Champion of Guacamole contest, avocado auction and largest avocado weigh-offs (they sometimes reach more than four pounds). There will be dozens of arts and crafts vendors, commercial vendors and food booths.

Parking: There’s a Park & Ride Shuttle Service available at Carpinteria High School on Foothill Rd. and Canalino Elementary School on Linden Ave.

Admission Cost: Free

More information available at the California Avocado Festival website

Known Enamel Pin Vendors Include: Jesse JFR and Ela Mella.

Jade Boylan lives, designs ‘Candy Doll’ pins on the Isle of Man

Artist’s home is a former power station for the British island’s electric railway system

There’s a 221-mile stretch of land located in the Irish Sea, almost equidistant from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Isle of Man is recognized by people in that part of the world for its rich history of Celtic and Viking heritage and folklore dating back to 6500 BC, and for its lush green countryside that’s speckled with what remains of Medieval castles.

For such a small place, the island has quite a few surprising ‘claims to fame. It has its own government (the oldest continuous parliament in the world—and the first legislative body to give women the right to vote) and its own language (Manx Gaelic). It’s also home to a tailless breed of cat known as the Manx. It plays host to the most dangerous motorcycle race in the world (The International Isle of Man TT) and is known for being the birthplace of the disco legends, The Bee Gees.

For 27 year-old artist and pin maker Jade Boylan, it’s where she calls home.

I live in a 120-year-old house. My home was originally one of the stations to generate power for the Manx Electric Railway that runs up and down the island,” she said.