I have just had the opportunity to design a second enamel pin, this time for GennaRose Nethercott’s beautiful poem The Lumberjack’s Dove, just out from HarperCollins. My copy just arrived in the post this week, together with a beautiful poem by GennaRose just for me (and, separately, Tom Hiron’s Falconer’s Joy – another poem of a very different modern mythology).
I really enjoyed designing this pin. It was a completely different proposition from the Creature Court enamel pins, in both style of book and of art. The approach, however, was similar: to create an image that would undeniably connect to and represent the book but also function as a beautifully (if mysteriously) iconic design in its own right. Something people might want to wear or admire even if they hadn’t read the poem (or novel), but with a connection it would be difficult to forget.
Below are some of the process sketches (supporters on Patreon got to see this one in more detail as it developed).
And here is the final pin. I have not yet worked out how to photograph gold properly, but it so very shiny!
For information about opportunities to get a pin, follow GennaRose. The National Poetry Series Competition winning poem is now available from HarperCollins: The Lumberjack’s Dove. And for more behind-the-scenes art than I can share entirely publicly, check out my Patreon page.
Oh, and I design pins now.
I just discovered this page and this stunning pin and wondered how I could purchase it. I went to Gennarose Nethercott’s page, but I cannot find any mention of it.
I apologise for the delay! I’ve spoken with Gennarose. She was selling them at her in-person launches, and says “I have maybe five left, so if there are a few specific folks who want one, you can have them email me and I can mail a couple out. I’ve been charging $10 per pin, plus shipping (of course if they’re outside the US shipping might cost a lot..)” http://gennarose.mystrikingly.com/#connect
I hope that helps and that you are able to get one!