Australian Antarctica or AAT stamps for 2021 are short and sweet. Two sets this year, and both are typical of the stamps that come via Australia Post Design Studio – clean, bright and incredibly sharp. This year’s Lichen echoes the 2016 Ice Flowers , which was an amazing bit of photographic artistry.
Ice Flowers designer Sharon Rodziewicz returns with the Australian Antarctic Program Arts Fellowship series. Her fellow designer, Jason Watts is behind the October Lichen stamps.
To learn a bit more about this remote place, check out Explore Antarctica – Australian Antarctic Program.
Australian Antarctic Program Arts Fellowship
- Musical performance
- Sound recording
Since 1984, the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship program has enabled artists and writers
to travel to Antarctica and create work inspired by their experiences and insights. The program
seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of Antarctica and the subantarctic, including its
unique environment and rich history. Through their Antarctic-inspired creations, fellows have done
much to promote the icy continent and the work of the Australian Antarctic Program to Australians
and the world.
Australian Post Stamp Bulletin #370
4 stamps, 2 FDC/FDC mini sheet/blank cover, pack 1 postal cancel, 4 maxi cards, souvenir sheet, 4 gutter strips of 10
Designer: Sharon Rodziewicz
Release date: March 16, 2021
Flora – Lichen
4 stamps, 2 FDCs, cancel, souvenir sheet, 4 gutter sheets of 10, 4 maxi cards
- $1.10 Buellia frigida
- $1.10 Xanthoria mawsonii
- $2.20 Umbilicaria decussata
- $3.30 Xanthoria elegans
Lichens are some of the oldest living organisms on Earth and one of only four main types of plants that grow in harsh Antarctic conditions. They have very slow growth rates (in Antarctica, from around one centimetre or more per 100 years to as little as one centimetre per 1,000 years)… In Antarctica, three main types of lichens exist: crustose lichens, which form a thin crust on the surface of the substrate on which they grow (such as rocks or even moss); foliose lichens, which form leaf-like lobes; and fruticose lichens, which have a shrubby, coral-like appearance. Australian Antarctic Territory: Lichen – Australia Post (australiapostcollectables.com.au)
Designer: Jason Watts
Release date: October 5, 2021
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