Stamp and the Miniature Sheetlets
The stamp comes from 8 designs issue,
each 4 available in one Miniature Sheetlet only.
To mark the 100th anniversary of
Vereniging Natuurmonumenten (the Dutch Society for the Preservation of
Nature), on 22 March 2005 TPG Post is issuing two stamp sheetlets from
its "Nature in the Netherlands" series. The popular series has also included
sheetlets on the Dutch Shallows (2003) and the Veluwe (2004). In 2003,
the Dutch Shallows stamps were voted the finest stamps of the year
by Collect readers. The Veluwe stamps are in with a good chance for 2004,
which bodes well for the new sheetlets. The new stamp sheetlets each comprise
four gummed stamps. The sheetlet of four stamps at 39 euro cents each features
the Naardermeer lake. The sheetlet of four Priority stamps (for within
Europe) at 65 euro cents each depicts the heathland of the Brunssumm erheide.
The Naardermeer area is the very first nature reserve to be purchased by
These wetlands form a natural
and interesting counterpart to the Brunssummerheide; the wet and marshy
Naardermeer reserve contrasting starkly with the dry and sandy heathlands.
The stamp sheetlets were designed
to reflect the special character of the two areas. A cross section was
made of the landscape to give the images an extra dimension, allowing flora
and fauna under and on the water to be shown as well as animals in the
air and on the ground. The Naardermeer sheetlet shows a pike, a water lily,
a cormorant and a blue tailed damselfly. Images of a hawfinch, a common
blue butterfly, a Schonebeeker sheep and a sand lizard can be found on
the Brussummerheide sheetlet.
The designers Airplant of Amsterdam
felt it important not to place too much emphasis on specific flora or fauna.
The animals and plants have consciously been depicted as true to nature
as possible. The principal aim was to successfully reflect the unique
character of the two nature reserves.
Airplant: "The first associations
that came to mind during our trip to the Naardermeer were romanticism,
the 19th century and Jugendstil. We wanted to depict the areas on the stamp
sheetlets by using the lines on the Naardermeer sheetlet to refer to air
and water streams and the dotted lines on the Brunssummerheide sheetlet
to represent scents and drifting sand".
The stamp design incorporates existing
photo material with graphical colour elements, allowing the designers to
put their own stamp on the photos and give them a new character.
Design agency Airplant of Amsterdam
is formed by Rogerio Lira, Gabrielle Marks and Aldje van Meer. They
studied respectively at the Sandberg Institute, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy,
the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and Media-GN. Airplant regularly
works together with artists, musicians, filmmakers and theatre makers.
Airplant takes what it sees as the expressive side of digital media and
forges a link between this and the physical environment. The designers
also take the liberty of using unorthodox processes and seek a balance
between the instrumental and communicative on the one hand and the experimental
and groundbreaking on the other.