Saturday, March 26, 2016

Finland 2016
Siberian Irises - 1st Class Stamp


ISSUE DATE: 26 February 2016
 STAMP DESIGN: Tiina Suikkanen

This spring’s 1st class stamp bears an oil painting of a lavender Siberian iris by Tiina Suikkanen. The artist was surprised to discover how beautiful the traditional perennial plant actually is. “I had been watching the Siberian iris for such a long time I could no longer see its beauty. But as I started examining it in more detail, I noticed the fine colors and shapes it has,” Ms Suikkanen says. This is the first stamp designed by Suikkanen, but she has painted the Siberian iris before, and it is one of her favorite themes. In summer 2014, the Imatra-based artist was awarded the title of the Young Artist of the Year by Art Centre Salmela.

Stamp images and description thanks to Posti