Set of ICOS Pin Badges
Set of ICOS Pin Badges
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They say an image speaks a thousand words; in the case of Plinth’s new range of products, we could take that number down to three or four. ‘Keep clear of me’, for example, is expressed with a blue rectangle inside a yellow square – that is, according to the International Code of Signals which we’ve made into a series of five pin badges. The symbols were originally used on flags by navy and commercial shipping vessels to send messages across both distance and language barriers; after all, when you want to make yourself understood, there’s no time to whip out a dual-language dictionary or beckon someone into earshot. Sometimes, an image is all you need.
Each set contains five pin badges:
DELTA "Keep Clear of Me"
KILO "Communicate with Me"
OSCAR "Man Overboard"
UNIFORM "Running into Danger"
YANKEE "I Am Dragging My Anchor"
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Meet The Designer
We design, make and sell merchandise and limited editions with leading cultural figures – from Turner Prize winners to world-renowned photographers. Since launching in February 2016, Plinth has undertaken projects with The Fourth Plinth (The Mayor of London), Ikon Gallery, Magnum Photos, The Wellcome Collection and artists such as Cornelia Parker, David Shrigley and Richard Deacon. Many of our editions and products are created for the home – a pure wool blanket from Julian Opie, a trio of plates by Michael Craig-Martin – but everything we make is designed with a philosophy in mind. We aim to make it easy for people to incorporate art and design into everyday life, and to participate in the cultural landscape of London with affordable products like mugs, badges, t-shirts, tote bags and more. We’re interested in art and design within the wider context of social, political and cultural events – as direct response, as antidote, autonomous or in dialogue. We believe that art becomes more imperative than ever during times of change and crisis, and we want to encourage as many people as possible to engage with it as something pleasurable and/or cathartic. We’re aware of the barriers, cultural, socio-economic and personal, which make the ‘art world’ feel hard to access for many people, and we’re keen to challenge both its established audience and the status quo. We interrogate the barriers between different spheres of creativity, propelled by the conviction that industries like art, music, film and fashion have far more in common than they do to separate them. ‘Art’, in any of these incarnations, can be enjoyed for its own sake – or as a means by which to understand the world we live in.