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UN postage stamps feature artwork by artists with autism

UN postage stamps feature artwork by artists with autism


Posted: Thursday, 29 March 2012, New York | Author: Department of Management

 
Designing postage stamps for the United Nations is an interesting and complex exercise. It takes artistic talent to transform an idea into an image that fits on a piece of paper only 35 mm by 45 mm in size. Of the accomplished artists from around the world who have contributed to the UN stamp programme, most will admit it is not an easy assignment.
 
Despite the challenge, the work of eight special artists was selected to appear on UN postage stamps used to raise awareness about Autism. The artists, all diagnosed with Autism, displayed their talent in unique and imaginative ways on six stamps and two First Day of Issue Envelopes set to go on sale in Vienna, Geneva and New York on 2 April 2012. 
 
“Last fall, we spread the word throughout the community that we would like to feature the work of artists with Autism on our postage stamps,” noted Rorie Katz, Head of Graphics for UNPA. “We were touched by the number of amazing people with autism who shared their creative passion and talent with us. The stamps are a wonderful reflection of their unique contributions.”
 
One example is 25-year old Colm Isherwood of Cork, Ireland who has been diagnosed with severe autism. Despite his inability to speak, write or read, Colm has developed into an artist who has publicly exhibited his work at several different venues.
 
After learning Colm’s work had been selected for a United Nations stamp, his father, Eric Isherwood, told a local newspaper, “Every person with a disability has worth and should be supported.”
 
The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, will honour Colm for his accomplishment during a World Autism Day event in Dublin on 2 April.
 
“All of the artists have amazing stories,” says Ms. Katz, “It was a very rewarding experience for all of us at UNPA to work on this project.”
 
To learn about all the artists and their stories, please visit UN Stamps Autism Awareness  
 
To purchase the stamps from anywhere in the world, go to UN Stamps