Drawings by visually impaired pupils feature on new postmarks and envelopes in Latvia

The Latvian Post, in cooperation with the BlindArt social enterprise, have issued a new postage stamp and envelope featuring tactile drawings by people with visual impairments, reported LSM.lv on July 23.

The stamps and envelopes were designed using a number of visual and tactile artworks which came to be at the Strazdmuiža Boarding School Development Center. Their authors are 4.–8. grade pupils who were guided by teacher Baiba Pika in their creative endeavours. The authors include Agnese Arāja, Konstantīns Bodrovs, Jakovs Burljajevs, Maija Fogele, Ilva Gailīte, Elīza Kupruka, Lelde Ķempele, Jānis Lejnieks, Laine Liepiņa, Amanda Nīcmane, Deniss Ovsjaņņikovs, Agnese Puisāne, Zane Puriņa, Jānis Putniņš, Romāns Timofejevs and Sofija Voronka. The design for philatelic editions was created by the artist Ludis Danilāns.

The postmark includes a painting called a “Passersby”, while the envelope is adorned with paintings titled “Ballerina” and “I want to be King!” And the first day stamp depicts a stylus used in tactile painting. 

Tactile painting is a special type of drawing adapted for people with visual impairments. A piece of paper is attached onto an object to be drawn and its contours are punctured out with the stylus. The silhouette of the object is then inverted and, by touch, special finger or oil paint is applied along the punctures. This painting technique has led to the creation of children's books and exhibitions, both of which have garnered local and international attention.

The “Blind Talents – Artists” is priced € 0.90, which corresponds to the cost of sending an Class A letter within the European Union. The stamp has a circulation of 30 000 copies. There is also 1000 copies of special envelopes with the stamp.

The first day of stamping is on 26 July at the Rīgas 10. pasta nodaļa Elizabetes ielā 41/43 from 8:00 to 20:00.

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