Beloved Åland cats celebrate Year of the Tiger

Åland zodiac miniature sheet year of tiger 2021

On 20 October, Åland Post issues this year’s miniature sheet in the stamp series featuring Chinese zodiac signs. Designed by artist Martin Mörck, house cats illustrate Åland Post’s interpretation of the Year of the Tiger. This is Martin’s sixth design in the series: “Already when I received the first commission, I decided to illustrate various views of Åland and create a series of short stories with the animal of the year in the centre.”   

Artist Martin Mörck is closely linked with the Åland zodiac series. The design process is both demanding and stimulating, Martin says, describing the challenge of creating this year’s miniature sheet: “I wanted a composition that was both indoors and outdoors and chose a sunroom with playing cats. The tranquil Åland scenery appears in the windows and the summer light shines in through the half-open door. In the sheet, a cat peeks in, hoping to join the playing lords of the house, the “tigers”. On the wall hangs a Chinese poem about tigers, that roughly translates into “terrifying and proud, power and strength”.

The original porch is located in the Västernäs district of southern Mariehamn. The rich filigree of the windows is characteristic of Åland porches that became popular in the 1800s. Owner Margit Holmberg shares the history of the house: “The house at Västergård’s dates back to 1786, and the porch was added in the late 1800s. My grandfather Torvald Sundblom bought the house in 1921. In the late 1980s, I ran a summer café here, and the porch was frequently used for birthdays, crayfish parties and weddings. Nowadays, we use it as dining room throughout the summer”.

Åland FDC 2021 zodiac year of tiger

Åland 2021 Maximum card zodiac kitten

 

Order the miniature sheet, first day cover and maximum card at webshop.alandpost.com, by letter to Åland Post Stamps, PO box 1100, AX-22111 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland, by e-mail to stamps@alandpost.com or by telephone: +358 (0)18 636 641.

Date of issue20 October 2021
ArtistMartin Mörck
DesignSofia Valtersson/Strax
CalligraphyRuizhen Liu
Edition25 000
Denomination€3.00
Stamp size60 x 50,1 mm
Miniature sheet size170 x 95 mm
Price FDC€4.00
Price maximum card€3.00
Paper110 g/m²
Perforation13 per 2 cm
Printing process4-colour offset
Printing houseCartor Security Printing