The Boar Pin

The Boar Pin

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The aim of the collaboration was to create a series of pins based on the National Gallery’s collection and Ireland’s rich cultural history.

Martha Hegarty, founder of Mink, chose James Barry’s The Death of Adonis (c.1775), Harry Clarke’s The Song of the Mad Prince (1917), James Joyce’s Ulysses and W.B. Yeats’ epitaph as the diverse subjects for the collection. The result is a series of four pins accompanied by a piece of writing on the history and meaning of each artefact.

Martha Hegarty is an Irish designer currently based in London. She holds an MA in Modern & Contemporary Art History and has worked in various creative fields across Ireland, Switzerland, Vietnam & the UK. Mink is a project that began in 2020 and combines a number of her mediums and interests: set design, graphic design and art history. 

“I was drawn to the idea of making something that people could wear and walk around with and tell stories about, and I had always bought pins. There’s something appealing about how solid they are; you can have the silliest idea but casting it in metal somehow gives it weight and gravitas. I’ve found that there’s actually a lot you can put into such an unassuming medium. It’s similar to how crafts that are historically seen as feminine or innocuous, like embroidery, can actually have a lot of subversive bite. My background is a mix of theatre design, graphic design and art history so I wanted to create a project that combined all of those things in one place, and something that was totally in my own voice.”

Friend of creator Martha Hegarty, Doireann, grew up in Dublin and was fixated with The Death of Adonis as a child visiting the gallery. She’d ask her parents to retell the myth over and over: how Adonis was killed by a wild boar during a hunting trip and died in the arms of Aphrodite.

Doireann says she was fascinated and terrified by the boar fleeing the scene in the bottom left, and used to see him everywhere. Returning as an adult, she found it funny how small and playful the boar actually is - not the shadowy monster she turned him into when she was small.

Even in grand spaces, when an image or story takes root in you, it becomes yours. Take this lil guy along with you as inspiration and look for the details to make your own.

Based on a detail from The Death of Adonis by James Barry (c.1775)

• Soft enamel pin
• Gold plated with 2 colours
• 35mm wide
• Embossed with logo
• Two black rubber clutches
• Comes with its own special backing card with story
• Guaranteed good time


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