Friday, November 2, 2007

Stamp of the day: "Wild cliffs, hysterical fillyjonk, sea monster"

Today a stamp from Åland based on a painting by Tove Jansson, creator of the world of Moomin. She made it on commission with the instruction “paint something with wild cliffs, and why not a hysterical fillyjonk, a sea monster or, for that matter, whatever you please”.

This is far from the first stamp made by a member of Jansson family. Tove's mother Signe Hammarsten-Jansson designed bank notes and stamps for a living.



LS said...

Look at those cliffs, like ice! But the painting is warm anyway. What is that brown thing in the water, a snail? And pearls hanging from an achor! Very Tove Jansonesque. It was interesting to read about her mom, I didn't know anything about her before. Banknotes, stamps, illustrations, artistry - I wonder what they talked about around the dinner table.

LS said...

Isn't it "Filifjonk"?

O.K. said...

"Isn't it "Filifjonk"?"

Only i Swedish, most characters have slightly different names in english.

LS said...

That is a cool list - I had forgotten many of those characters. "The Snork Maiden", that doesn't sound at all as the same person as Snorkfroken.