Creative twist for Bailiwick's Nativity stamps with paper-cut designs
Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau announces that this year’s Christmas stamps, which depict scenes from The Nativity, have been created by a local artist using paper-cutting techniques (stamp issue date: 30 October 2019).
Guernsey Post’s head of philatelic, Bridget Yabsley, explains: - “For this year’s Guernsey and Alderney Christmas stamps, we wanted to create something unique. We asked local artist, Denyse McGahy, to produce some designs using paper-cutting techniques – where several layers are created that gives the artwork real depth, whilst also adding light and shade to the intricate figures and scenery.”
Denyse, who runs Iris & Dora, an independent art studio based in Guernsey, said: - “There are several ‘sand’ layers and lots of shade and, by creating a circular paper cut design, which is depicted on the Alderney Miniature Sheet and on the presentation packs, I was able to feature the three separate journeys made by Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds and the Three Wise Men. From this design, the philatelic bureau was able to choose elements to feature on the individual stamps.
“It’s been wonderful to work on this project and to see the art of paper cutting used on postage stamps for the Bailiwick,” she added.