Thursday, November 21, 2013

School as the cornerstone of Finland's success 4.11.2013

In November, Itella Posti Oy would be starting a five-publication series of stamps celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence in 2017. The first publication in the series is the From Grammar School to Pisa,presenting the Finnish school system, which was published on November 4. The six 1st class stamps designed by Ville Tietäväinen depict the cornerstones of the internationally renowned Finnish school system.
The themes of the 1st class stamps feature Uno Cygnaeus, the founder of the school system, school healthcare, school lunches, school tuition, physical education, and language instruction in school.
Ville Tietäväinen is a Finnish graphic designer, illustrator and comic artist. His first comic book Linnut ja meret was published in 2003. Tietäväinen gratuated as an architect but he has worked as an illustrator and graphic designer since 1990's.

Probably the most influential work by Tietäväinen is the Invisible Hands (Finnish: Näkymättömät kädet) comic book released in 2011.  The book was the winner of Finnish Graphic Novel Finlandia Prize in the year 2011. Invisible Hands tells the grim story of a Moroccan tailor Rashid who faces economic difficulties in his home country and leaves his family to look for work in Spain as an illegal alien. The comic book deals with themes like social injustice, illegal immigrants and globalization.
Thank you Ella for this lovely new FDC.

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