New Stamps from Austria

Austrian Photographic Art : Dorothee Gölz

austria golz stampAustrian Post presents a work by the versatile artist Dorothee Golz. The commemorative stamp shows the image “Steeple-hat Woman”, one of Dorothee Golz’s “digital paintings” which incorporate historical motifs into a contemporary setting.

Dorothee Golz was born in Mühlheim an der Ruhr in Germany in 1960. In 1986 she graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Plastiques in Strasbourg, having studied cultural anthropology and art history in Freiburg in tandem. Since 1988 she has been living and working in Vienna. The face for the “Steeple-hat Woman”, which was created in 2005, was taken from the “Portrait of Maria Baroncelli” by Hans Memling, painted in 1470. Dorothee Golz shows the complex psyche that is hidden behind the face. “By reproducing the portrait and adding a contemporary posture to it, a self-aware, modern woman emerges, who appears to be glancing around at her surroundings with an amused look, and whom you can easily believe ready and able to throw off rapid-fire, quick-witted comments any time she likes.” Her other works, such as her sculptures, are often inspired by familiar every-day objects, yet seem surreal: a fur-covered coffee service, for example, or life-size interiors in transparent plastic bubbles.

Issue Date: 28.01.2016 Designer: Regina Simon Illustrator: Dorothee Golz Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 31,8 x 50 mm Values: EUR 0.68

The Future Factor

“Die Zukunft ist noch nicht geschrieben. Sie ist, was wir daraus machen!” (The future has not yet been written. It is what we make it!)

austria future factor stampThis is the slogan with which the design team Anna Liska and Andreas Wesle won this year’s stamp design competition, held by Austrian Post in collaboration with the daily newspaper “Die Presse”. This year’s theme was “The Future Factor”: What is it that will define Austria as a successful location for business in the future? This was the question for which the creative participants had to come up with a design for a stamp which must be produced graphically, through illustration or typographically in a size of 35 millimetres by 35 millimetres. 5,000 Euro awaited the winner.

Issue Date: 28.01.2016 Designer: Atelier Liska Wesle Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 42 x 42,05 mm Values: EUR 0,80

Viennese Trumpets

austria trumpet stampThe trumpet belongs to the family of brass instruments, so called because they are made of metal. There are two methods of construction for trumpets, and the trumpet illustrated on this stamp is constructed according to the method used in Austria and Germany. It differs from the method used in the USA, for example, in the valves. The former type has rotary valves rather than Périnet valves, also known as piston valves. The valve casings of the rotary valves are positioned in a different place to those for the Périnet valves, that is to say, the distance from the mouthpiece is different. Both this positioning and the type of valve makes the sound from Austrian and German trumpets different from that produced by the trumpets used in the rest of the world. Austrian trumpets are also more commonly used for classical music, Périnet trum- pets for jazz. The valves play an important part in playing the trumpet: depressing the valve whilst blowing into the instrument causes the natural notes to be lowered by a semitone (second valve), two semitones (first valve) and three semitones (third valve), because when the valves are depressed the sound waves have to travel further through the tubing than when they are open.

Issue Date: 28.01.2016 Designer: Maria Schulz Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbHProcess: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 50 x 31,8 mm Values: EUR 1.60

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