2. collecting themes

You may think that I have too many themes to collect – yes, but most importantly, I collect well designed stamps.  If a stamp is made with love, I am interested in the subject.  If a stamp is issued without passion or aesthetics, I may lose my interest of the country or concerned about its obstructed bureaucracy…

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< artist >

When artists are involved, the results are often beautiful.  I am also interested in finding how the original art works are framed within stamps, too.

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1978UK002
< bicycle & cycling >

Many countries issue stamps on bicycle, related to famous bicycle races, Olympics and postal delivery.  I am collecting those if I find nice design and most keen on female cyclist.

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1968Berlin001
< cat >

When a stamp designer depicts sweetness of cats, the result is often failed.  I like cheeky cat and wild cat with sharp eyes.

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1998Finland008
< endangered species >

When I consult animals on stamps, sometime I come across IUCN indication of endangered species.  Some was already endangered when featured and others are declined in recent years.  Through stamps I started to collect information of them.

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2007Denmark007
< energy & environment >

We face serious matter.  So, I collect all sorts of windmill as ancient wisdom, and trials of renewable energy.

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< food & cooking >

Food – I am interested in not only about regional delicacy, but also how food are supplied – agriculture and fishing are my area of collection.

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1997Denmark005
< furniture & product design >

I am delighted to see furniture and products are featured to represent a country.  Scandinavians are often proud of their designers, but somehow this does not happen in contemporary Japan.

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1980Canada001
< hands >

Hands are used to express many different feeling or social status in large number of stamps.

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1925 Switzerland
< heraldry >

As their origin of designed for recognition from some distance, they are often suitable motif for stamps.

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1973Swiss001
< house & townscape >

I am not keen on monumental architecture, but attracted by rural landscapes and domestic houses – because I can sense people’s lives and wisdom in the way they maintain dwellings.

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1970Canada001
< indigenous & folk >

Often indigenous arts are creation of minority.  I would like to see diversity of people and appreciation of native culture.

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1966Germany001
< interior >

I am amazed sometimes that the depth of a room and sense of space within a little piece of stamp.  Also, a little element of interior evokes an atmosphere of a room, too.

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< ironwork >

My best favourite museum in the world is Musée Le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen and iron gallery in V&A.  I think I was a medieval blacksmith in my previous incarnation.

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1999Switzerland001
< kawaii / cute >

I made this category because I want to find definition of Kawaii/cute myself.  I know what I like and what I feel too sweet or annoying, but I am not sure what makes of these subtle difference.  It might be clear if I have listed samples…

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< light, lamp & torch >

I design lighting myself, also use light effects in space design.  It is interesting to find lights and torches on stamps, often with symbolical meanings.

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1944Sweden001
< map & compass roses >

It is not true that woman cannot read maps.  I like maps and read them well – in fact I am often better than GPS car nav.  Maybe maps are matching size and format for stamps – I like most of those and enjoy looking at them with magnifier.

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1960 Korea001
< moon and stars >

With moon and stars, suddenly a stamp exists with deep night sky and depth within.

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1960Switzerland001
< owl >

I hear sound of owls sometime at night.  It is mysterious voice as I never see them in real.  So, I collect stamps of owls to know about them a bit.

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DDR1996004
< road safety >

When I ride bicycle I am scared by rough drivers on road in the UK and notice big difference in driving manners in Europe.

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1958France001
< stamp & postal service >

When the postal authority issues stamps of themselves, the stamps are made with love.  Promoting writing letters are often nice ones, as concept is about communication.

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1984Japan001
< tea time >

Offering tea is a hospitality, and historically related to health.  Naturally the tone of the stamp is warm and welcoming.  I am interested in goods at tea time, too – tea pot, mug, cup & saucer and of course – sweets!

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< tent & mobile home >

I have been fascinated by any type of mobile homes and outdoor kitchens, although I have not done camping for long time.  Maybe nomadic DNA tells me ‘go out, stay in the fields’…

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1956Finland001
< tree, wood & forest care >

I am interested in wood as material of what I often use, as well as forest to walk in.  The forest management and wood industry as well – they have strong connection to sustainability and environmental issues.

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< water >

It could be abstract to draw water – but there are many interesting examples to depict water with various approaches.  Results are often translucent and beautiful.

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< works by Czesław Słania >

I found some of my best favorite stamps are works of an engraver, Czesław Słania.  More than 1000 stamps were engraved by him – some are examples of high precision and others are artistically spontaneous.

One Response to “2. collecting themes”

  1. Mark Says:

    I read today that you want to start collecting NZ stamps. If you contact me via email I can send you some in return for you continuing to maintain this most excellent blog.


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