Re: Boring-slash-ugly Christmas 2012 Stamps
So, the thing is, I like stamps. 'Like' is a little bit of an understatement. I get pretty excited about beautiful stamps. I am sure I don't have to tell you why I find stamps so wonderful, but basically stamps encompass three delightful elements in miniature:
- Design: check;
- History: Check;
- Functionality: Check.
What is with the ugly Christmas stamps?
To be fair, two of the five stamps are gorgeous. The other three are dreadful. These are the stamps I like:
They are beautiful. Images from a wool and silk tapestry at the Art Gallery of South Australia depicting the adoration of the Magi. Traditional, yes, but also elegant, rich and beautiful.
I understand that we live in a secular society and that there probably needs to be some "non-religious" offerings on the philatelic front. I don't have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is the fact that they are ugly stamps.
Naive style at Christmas can be done well. Unsuprisingly, those clever Scandinavian's have accomplished a sophisticated design, aesthetically appealing and containing a similar subject matter to our current stamps:
Aren't the Swedish parcels cute and interesting compared to the awful pressies depicted on our stamp? And check out the depiction of a parcel on this stamp from the Netherlands - simple but sweet:
Now I think these are Christmas stamps worth getting excited about. To be fair, my favourite of all are the tapestry stamps from our issue. But in terms of naive style, the Europeans have it. Perhaps something to aim for next year, Australia Post?
With sincere hopes that you enjoy constructive criticism,
PS. I am totally available should you wish to hire me. I am a historian, so could research your stamp issues. And as a bonus I could give you design advice: Helen's 'hot or not?' for stamps. You know, if you want.
*Images stolen from the Australia Post shop. Should you wish to purchase the ugly stamps (although I would highly recommend the beautiful ones), check out this link.