Wednesday, September 03, 2008

"Cut and Paste" Masters are Today’s Stamp Designers

Bangladesh's The Daily Star reports, "Postage stamp designing is losing its appeal in recent times as many stamps are being designed by people with no academic background in fine arts or having no idea of creative design."

According to the paper non-artists like philatelists and stamp dealers are designing a good number of stamps because they have a good connection with the postal department.

Reporter Durdana Ghias goes on to say,"Lack of genuine artists' involvement, absence of regular competition or enlistment of artists, and unwritten rules for artists' recruitment and commissioning are a few reasons behind the low quality of stamp designs."

Stamp artist KG Mustafa is quoted as saying, “Unfortunately, many stamps are being designed by some 'cutting-pasting masters' by using images in computers. The gravity, depth and richness of drawings are lost."

Shown above, a variety of stamps from Bangladesh. The one on the bottom left was designed by artist Quamrul Hasan while the one next to it on the right was designed with a photograph by a non-artist.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM