Canadian bookbinding postage stamp
Something I’ve been working on is developing a small collection of bookbinding-related ephemera. Having spent some of my childhood collecting stamps, it was only natural for me to be curious about how/if the book arts were represented in the philatelic realm.
Peter Verheyen has also been collecting bookbinding stamps and you can see his collection on his website.
My first find was the Canadian issue of a bookbinding stamp on November 15, 2001. The stamp was designed by Monique Dufour and Sophie Lafortune (based on photographs by Jean-Pierre Beaudin).
The stamp was part of a set of eight stamps issued to celebrate traditional handiwork. Among the other crafts represented were decorative ironwork, glass-blowing, oyster farming, weaving, quilting, artistic woodworking, and leather working.
Each stamp features the hands of the craftsperson, as they develop their particular work of art. The hands evoke the gestures involved in the creative process. A funny observation about the stamp can been read here. I never would have noticed this had it not been pointed out to me.
Now it’s all I see.