Dutch Design: stamps about objects in a boundless universe
For the latest stamp issue in the Dutch Design series, the order this year went to Audrey Large. The Frenchwoman graduated cum laude from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017 and received the Young Designer Award from the jury of the Dutch Design Awards in 2021.
For the “Forget-me-not” stamps, Large created a digital 3D image of a futuristic mythical animal, with the torso on the bottom sheet edge. The neck continues over the tabs on the left of the stamp sheet and the head is on the top left of the stamp. The other stamps have bulges in the shape of vases and pots in various glossy colours.
The “Forget-me-not” stamp sheet is the latest issue from PostNL in the Dutch Design series. Previously published in this series Talk with the hand by Bart de Baets (2021), Kaleidoscoop by Hansje van Halem (2020) and “Gewoontjes” by Michiel Schuurman (2019). Every year PostNL gives winners or nominees of prestigious design competitions a free assignment to design stamps.
Designer Audrey Large is best known for the images she creates with 3D software and then converts them into material objects on 3D printers. Large made an overall picture for the stamps with associated separate elements for the 6 stamps. “I’m always interested in how my 3D models move through different stages,” says Large. “For example, from the digital world of the computer to the real world of the printer. In that sense, I also saw the stamps as objects that move, that travel.”
Ancient or futuristic
In her visual and intuitive approach, the ambiguity of the surface of the objects plays an important role. Large: “I opted for glossy surfaces so that the objects can be either ancient or futuristic. The color gradient also floats and is curved. This way you look at an open world within a universe without borders, corners, edges or other restrictions. That fits in with my aim to create expressive images that have meaning, vibrate and go beyond themselves.”