Three stages of Jean Sibelius
This stamp issue commemorates Finland’s best-known composer, Jean Sibelius (1865–1957). The Jean Sibelius 150 years sheet is designed by graphic artist Pekka Loiri, a self-confessed classical music lover and Sibelius enthusiast.
Loiri’s stamp designs are inspired by three different stages in Jean Sibelius’ life, each illustrated using different artistic techniques. Loiri has created a black-and-white inked-in drawing depicting Sibelius in the late 1800s as a passionate young artist living the bohemian life.
A richly colored watercolor profile shows Sibelius as a symphonist in the early 1900s during the most prolific period of his career. A lithographic chalk drawing depicts Sibelius in the 1930s as an aging composer, matching the mental image that most Finns have of Sibelius.
The miniature sheet designed by the creative agency Vanhatapio & Saksi that features dreamlike images that rise from the depths of the imagination. The issue is announced to be put into circulation on the 11th of September.“The sheet’s four stamps include cinematic and literary references that allow the imagination to create the setand setting for events”, explain Tiia Vanhatapio and Miika Saksi, the designers who created the stamps.
The designers Tiia Vanhatapio and Miika Saksi met in 2011 working on a fashion related film in NYC and Las Vegas. They discovered even though they had seen and done a lot in their respected careers, it was until now a flash of bright light emerged. Finally there came along another person who questions the norm.
Vanhatapio & Saksi’s previous diverse experience and cross-professionalism from various design positions and perspectives gave birth to a unique and new type of creative agency.
Tiia Vanhatapio had been awarded with the prestigious Golden Hanger – award in 2009 and the collection of the year 2011 in ELLE Style Awards. Vanhatapio was handpicked to the New York and Paris Fashion Weeks in 2010. Her work has gained a lot of international and domestic press till this day.
Vanhatapio has collaborated with such companies as Audi, Artek, Chez Dominique, Elle, Microsoft, Samsung, Stockmann and Vero Moda. Her off duty passion lies in music, subcultures and providing refreshing rock’n’roll sounds as a dj. She also calls herself an amateur archeologist-sociologist-historian, a lifelong love affair to all things ancient.