Stamp Book Archive

Postage stamps are micro-representations of movements in art and design and vehicles of insight into socioeconomic histories. Referencing my family’s archive of Dutch stamps, this work captures the key features and legacies of Dutch design through observations and experimental responses. Perforations reference the stamps’ physical quality, patterns and typographic layouts culminate in a book — the book as informative artefact, presented as an aesthetic experience. Challenging the dimensions of a book, pages are bound with folds at the fore-edge, revealing a discreet space where the original stamp lies. This book is a celebration of stamps, and the colours, icons and type they adorn. Taking the ratio of a typical Dutch stamp (25 x 36 mm), the enlarged format of the book aims to magnify the beauty of stamp design, in homage to the stamp as a design object and it’s country of origin