Andrew Bannecker Gets Royal Stamp of Approval
The holiday season is a time for celebration. Families and friends come together to celebrate the spirit of community and union, in both religious and secular ways, while still others observe the New Year. The brave venture outside and play in the brisk temperatures, skating and romping through the snow. It is a season of reflection ,appreciation, and communication. Distances between loved ones become shorter, and the entire year is contemplated.
To celebrate this time of year, The Royal Mail in the UK commissions new, seasonal designs for their stamps. It comes from a long tradition, starting with a children’s design competition. The Royal Mail has commissioned artists almost every year since the original design, and their latest choice was Andrew Bannecker. Keeping in line with a playful, unpretentious aesthetic, Andrew’s designs show off everything that is the best about Winter, especially to those in the UK. The Royal Mail says Andrew’s designs, “bring the sense of community and tradition at the Snowy Village Christmas Fair to life, with a host of time honoured festive activities.” From ice skating, to tree hunting, to building snowmen, the greatest opportunities of the season are printed in small, adhesive form to be sent along to loved ones wherever they may be.
A major feature that those unfamiliar with Royal Mail stamps may notice is the silhouette in the corners. This is the outline of Queen Elizabeth II, and her silhouette represents actual approval from the Queen herself. Each special edition stamp must be approved by the crown for it to go into production. This remarkable fact is not lost on Andrew. “This is a dream project that I’m truly humbled to have been asked to do,” Andrew says with glee. “100% Queen approved!” If it’s good enough for the Queen of England, it’s good enough for us. Grab your Royally approved holiday stamps here.