With a dash of imagination and a pinch of motivation, just about anyone can design enamel pins these days, especially with so many companies out there whose sole purpose is to make your sketches come to life. Brooke, the Star Wars and Disney fan behind Completely Geekly, is one of those pin designers, and it all started because there were little to no officially licensed Ahsoka pins for her to buy and display.
“Ahsoka is my favorite character, but a lot of Star Wars fans don’t know who she is,” she told TWG. “I know she has a lot of fans, so I really hope she makes an appearance in the movies. I’ve been seeing more Ahsoka merchandise, and I’m glad she’s getting more attention. She’s a great character who is just as inspiring as Leia, Padme or Rey.”
We couldn’t agree more! We also asked Brooke a few questions about how she came to be a fan of Star Wars, her love of Togrutas, and what sort of pins are on the horizon for fans of Star Wars Rebels.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Brooke. I’m 20 years old. Enamel pins are my favorite thing to collect, and I’ve been doing it for years. I love pop culture, and I’m a fan of so many things. As much as I love drawing and making pins, I’m currently going to school in Portland for video editing and filmography. I hope that in the future I will be editing commercials, TV shows, and movies.
How did you become a fan of Star Wars and what about the story captivates you the most?
I always just liked Star Wars, but didn’t fall in love with it until 2008 when The Clone Wars premiered on Cartoon Network. I loved the animation and the complex stories. I always loved cartoons that actually had plots. However, I didn’t start expressing my love for Star Wars until 2012, when the Avengers came out. When I was younger, I used to be a little embarrassed to like things that were considered “for boys.” It got even better after The Force Awakens came out and the season finale of Star Wars Rebels. The thing that captivated me about Star Wars the most is how it’s not really a futuristic sci-fi. It’s more like a fantasy with a bit science fiction. It takes place long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, not on Earth in the future.
You’re a fan of Star Wars Rebels, and lots of crazy and serious things went down in the second half of the fourth season. What did you think of the series as a whole as well as its series finale?
I didn’t love Star Wars Rebels at first because I was upset about The Clone Wars being canceled. It slowly grew on me the more I watched, and I lost my mind when Ahsoka made her appearance at the end of season one. The series finale was definitely unexpected. I hope we get to see Ahsoka and Sabine travel the galaxy looking for Ezra, hopefully running into some familiar characters along the way.
The first pin you made was an Ahsoka Tsum Tsum pin and the one you currently have for sale is 332nd Helmet pin with the Ahsoka design. What about Ahsoka do you love the most? What about her journey resonates the most with you?
I love how much Ahsoka has grown. It’s almost been 10 years since she was introduced. She’s gone from a snippy Padawan to a wise non-Jedi. I love that she is a strong main female character that isn’t a human. I think it’s unique that she has two different colored lightsabers and holds in a reverse grip. She was never mentioned in the prequels so, I was always worried she was going to be killed off. “The Wrong Jedi” was my favorite arc. It’s amazing how she had the courage to leave the Jedi Order. Many people want to be Jedi, but after Ahsoka left the Order, it actually made me question the Jedi and their morals.
You also love Togrutas. How did you come to fall in love with this particular species? What about them stands out the most to you?
They are just so beautiful and unique. I love their different colors, their horns, and facial markings. When I was a kid, I really liked Togrutas and Twi’leks. I always liked Aayla, Oola, and Shaak Ti’s design, but they were only background characters with little screen time. I got to see more of these species in The Clone Wars and just fell in love with them more. I love how we got to see so many new designs.
Before you made the Ahsoka Tsum Tsum pin, you made a poll and you said Hera Syndulla came in second. Are you still planning to make that pin?
YES! I plan on doing pre-orders for her this summer along with another batch of Ahsoka pins. I hope to make Tsum Tsums of all the Rebels characters.
Enamel pins are a great way to express one’s fandom. How did you fall into the world of creating pins? What’s the process like from design to production?
I always loved enamel pins. They are the perfect souvenir because they’re small and easy to pack. When I went to Disneyland as a kid, I would always get random enamel pins. I never had a specific character or movie I was collecting until Ahsoka. I noticed they didn’t have any merchandise of her. I tried to look for pins of her at Disneyland and online, but the only one I found was a limited edition emoji pin from the UK. After awhile, I just thought, “Why don’t I just make one myself?” It took a bit to decide what to make. I love Tsum Tsum pins and did some fan art of Rebels characters in that style. I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in her as a pin, so I did a poll and she won. I had to simplify the design a bit to look good in the small size.
Other than the 332nd Helmet pin, what other pins do you currently have in the works? What are some pins you are hoping to make in the future?
There’s too many ideas to share. Mostly Star Wars and Disney. I plan on making the Hera pin for sure. I have some Disney food pins on the way. I also really want to make some characters from 90s cartoons. There’s going to be a few surprise pins.
Follow Completely Geekly on Instagram and on Tumblr of more pin updates. Make sure to favorite her shop on Etsy and keep a close eye on it for future pin pre-orders and sales. Also, check out her Redbubble for adorable Star Wars Rebels inspired merchandise.
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