Finnish artist Minna L. Immonen created this year's Christmas stamp, combining a traditional Christmas motif with typically Åland features.
Minna L. Immonen has been drawing since childhood, focusing on painting since her senior school days.
Having completed an education as a graphic designer and attended various art schools, she started her own company Minna-Kortti in the 1980s.
Minna's watercolour paintings are today familiar to large parts of the Finnish population, her illustrations distinguishing themselves by the individual story told by each illustration. In addition to cards, stamps and paintings, Minna has designed China ware for Arabia of Finland, including a children's series with teddy bears and Christmas mugs and jars with traditional Christmas designs such as pixies, apples and gingerbread biscuits. In 2008, she designed the cover of a Fazer's chocolate box, and she has also illustrated a number of books. Minna describes the Åland Christmas stamp in this way: "Inspired by the sea, the motif still has a Christmassy accent.
The motif on the first day cover symbolizes the arrival of Christmas mail."
Issue Date: 09.10.2012
Designer: Minna L. Immonen
Printer: Cartor Security Printing
Process: 4-colour offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 35,4 x 26 mm