Paper cut designs give creative twist to Guernsey’s Christmas stamps

Guernsey Post is excited to announce that this year’s Christmas stamps, which depict scenes from The Nativity, have been created by a local artist using paper-cutting techniques (stamp issue date: 30 October 2019).

Guernsey Post’s head of philatelic, Bridget Yabsley, explains: – “For this year’s Guernsey and Alderney Christmas stamps, we wanted to create something unique. We asked local artist, Denyse McGahy, to produce some designs using paper-cutting techniques – where several layers are created that gives the artwork real depth, whilst also adding light and shade to the intricate figures and scenery.”

Denyse, who runs Iris & Dora, an independent art studio based in Guernsey, said: – “There are several ‘sand’ layers and lots of shade and, by creating a circular paper cut design, which is depicted on the Alderney Miniature Sheet and on the presentation packs, I was able to feature the three separate journeys made by Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds and the Three Wise Men. From this design, the philatelic bureau was able to choose elements to feature on the individual stamps.

“It’s been wonderful to work on this project and to see the art of paper cutting used on postage stamps for the Bailiwick,” she added.

Guernsey Post’s Christmas products are available to pre-order from 16 October by visiting www.guernseystamps.com or contacting Guernsey Philatelic Bureau on +44 (0) 1481 716486.

 Guernsey Christmas 2019 set Ald Xmas 2019 Miniature Sheet

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