Friday Fun: Thumbtack Masterpieces
In closing of our February #ShopletFaves Instagram Contest (which officially concludes tonight at 12AM, by the way), we’ve scoured the internet to bring you the best Thumbtack Masterpieces. We’ve decided to featured thumbtacks and pushpins as the office supply of the month because we feel tacks are somewhat of a ‘neglected’ office supply. Even though we use them a lot around the office, it is not something you may think twice about before using.
Tacks are super useful for pinning up important documents, posters, and decoration around our cubicle walls, but we also wanted to highlight alternative uses for this mighty supply. Want to see how creative you can get with tacks? You’ve come to the right page…
Be prepare to be amaze!
And yes, these pieces are indeed made from thumbtacks and pushpins.
This custom piece is made by NYC based artist, Andre Woolery, with a blend of pushpins and oil paints. A lot of Andre’s pieces focus on black identity, culture, and history. For more work on his unique pieces, check out his mixtape collection here.
To promote the sale of office stationary in India, local vendors sent up a ‘hyper market’ called the Big Bazaar (usually occurs on Wednesdays, where customer presence is less) to draw in customers to their stores. Like this tact-tastic piece below.
Here’s a familiar piece we can all admire, artist Tracy Sigler used thumbtacks to create a unique triptych with thumbtacks! The artist calls attention to the Mona Lisa with various zoom levels.
Here’s another reason why you should NOT throw away old pushpins and buttons. After moving to New York, Korean-born artist Ran Hwang created intricate installations using this particular office supply.
Street artist Miha Artnak is known for his Layers series where he ‘peels back’ ordinary objects (cement wall, signs, a painting, etc.) to show you all is not what it seems. This time, he’s back with an accurate capture of this common desert plant.
Thumbtacks and pushpins are so awesome, they’ve jump from offices to art galleries, and now to the streets! Artist Rachel Timmins, along with the aid of Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller, received a grant (of approximately $35,000!) to design this giant pushpin for a sheltered bus stop. The purpose was to highlight the importance of a Latino presence in the neighborhood.
And lastly, we would like to end our thumbtack piece on this:
Something odd and a tad unpleasant! (We like the manicure but just imagine leaving a line of these on your desk.)
Feeling inspired to create your own thumbtack masterpiece? (We totally are!) You’ll need all the essentials, so make sure to stock up on office supplies, available at Shoplet.com, and let your creativity run wild!