Category: Pingame

Burbank Artist Creates Pin Uniform For Summer

Tiny Deer Studio invites others to beats the heat and still show off their collections with a ‘pin scout sash’

If you’re in the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, a merit badge sash is a pretty stylish way to show off your accomplishments.

Jessica Watkins of Tiny Deer Studio recently created her own version of the iconic canvas sash, not necessarily to tout her achievements, but as an alternative way to display her pin collection.

“I really love wearing my pins, but it’s too hot to wear my usual denim jacket outside these days,” she said. “I’ve always loved the look of the merit badge sashes and cute uniforms in general, and it just kind of clicked that this sash could be my pin uniform.”

The 32-year-old artist debuted her “pin uniform” last month during Patches and Pins Festival Orange County. Watkins embroidered her name onto the sash and covered it in some of the most beloved pins from her collection.

“I started with migrating the pins that I would normally wear on my jacket, then filled in the space from there with some of my other favorite pins,” she explained. “There isn’t a specific theme to the collection initially placed on the sash, but there are a ton of my favorite female pin designers featured.”

When Watkins initially went to make the sash, the Burbank, California-based artist had attempted to find an existing pattern online, but couldn’t find any adult-sized patterns that fit her vision of how it should look. So she referred to a few different sets of basic instructions from other, similar patterns, measured herself and two girlfriends to determine an average size, and then drew out her own pattern.

K-Pop music, pins help collector to “stand up tall”

There’s K-Pop enthusiasts—and then there’s Hang Nguyen.

It’s taken the 28-year-old less than a year to amass her collection of over 230 pins, all of which are somehow related to Korean Pop music. (And that’s not including the 23 additional pins she recently ordered that are currently still on their way to her mailbox.)

“I started collecting them because the art was really beautiful,” she said “The first pin I bought was from (the artist) HAPPIPOP—it was just so beautiful l that I had to have it. And once I got it, I noticed that she had more. I just kept on going with it—because I loved the art. And now I have another thing to show people who I am. I’m not really normal, but this is what I like. This is who I am.”

Hang Nguyen, 28, is very proud of her collection of nearly 250 enamel K-Pop pins