Åland 2023 franking labels revel in garden berries

Åland Post issues a new series of self-adhesive franking labels on 4 January 2023. The theme is garden berries, and Finnish artist Mari Oksanen illustrates her first postal labels showing delicate berries that are grown in Åland gardens.     The four berry varieties shown on the franking labels are black currants (Ribes nigrum), raspberries (Rubus idaeus), gooseberries (Ribes uva-crispa) and strawberries (Fragaria × ananassa). The issue marks Mari’s debut as a stamp artist, and she immediately fell for the illustration assignment:
“Creating something for the small space was a challenge; to make the motifs appear rich in detail yet simple enough to strike the viewer’s eye. I really enjoy working with flora and fauna related objects and design organic forms, so the garden berries were well within my comfort zone. The idea of giving the berries different moods and personalities came to me almost immediately, and I appreciated being encouraged to create playful and colourful labels rather than realistic images. The black currants look a bit mischievous and secretive, the raspberries are wild rascals, while the gooseberries are the gentle sweethearts among thorns. The strawberry is the juicy one, basking in sunlight,” Mari explains.
 
Date of issue 4 January 2023                                                                                      
Artist Mari Oksanen
Design Mari Oksanen & Johanna Finne
Denomination of series4 x €2.10 
Price FDC€9.40 
Size     56 × 25 mm 
Paper    40 gms thermal paper
Process  4-colour offset 
Printer  Cartor Security Printers
  Order the franking labels and first day cover at alandstamps.com, by post to Åland Post Stamps, P.O. box 1100, AX-22111 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland, e-mail stamps@alandpost.com or telephone: +358 18636641.

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