I recently completed a custom order for 100 red Smiley lapel pins. They will be making their way to high school students in Providence, Rhode Island, in America. They are gifts from a group of Dutch teachers and educators going on a working visit. I’m thrilled and honoured to have been asked to make them.
I still love making Smileys. They are apparently simple, but I have made enough ugly Smileys to know that sometimes it’s difficult to place the two eye dots in just the right spot, and it can be maddeningly hard to get just the right curve, in just the right position, for the smile. It still delights me that every single one—each composed of two simple dots and a single curved line—has its own individual personality.