By Jesse Robitaille
For philatelists, one of the top highlights of the upcoming show will surely be Canada Post’s seminar highlighting its recent wildlife issues while also offering a behind-the-scenes look at next year’s stamp program.
On Sept. 7 at 2 p.m., Canada Post stamp design manager Susan Gilson and designer Andrew Perro will invite collectors to explore the wild creates of Canada’s stamp program in a presentation entitled, “Bears and Bees and Stamps … Oh My!”
“Canada’s majestic wild creatures are a perennial favourite on Canadian stamps – in fact, animals are one of the top categories of stamp topic suggestions received from the public,” said Joy Parks, assistant product manager of stamp content for Canada Post.
“But with so many magnificent beasts to choose from, how do you decide what images to use? How do you keep the stamp designs fresh and interesting?”
Gilson and Perro will discuss the challenges of capturing Canadian wildlife on stamps in “new and compelling ways,” Parks said, while also offering show-goers a sneak peek at Canadian stamps to come in 2020.
Prior to beginning her career, Gilson earned a bachelor of design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and participated in exchanges with the Parsons School of Design in Nova Scotia and the Cooper Union in New York. Moving to London, England, she held several progressively senior design positions at notable studios, eventually making the move to senior designer at London’s National Gallery. In 2001, she joined Britain’s Royal Mail – initially as a new product co-ordinator, then as design manager – where she provided co-ordination and project management for the British stamp program.
Gilson joined the stamp services team at Canada Post in autumn 2014 and continues to use her significant skills in design, art direction and project management to produce stamp issues – several of them award-winning – for this country’s annual stamp program.
Perro is an award-winning graphic designer whose portfolio boasts more than 20 stamps, including the 2015 dinosaurs issue, the bees and sharks issues of 2018 and – most recently – the well-received bears issue released earlier this year. Perro partners with some of Canada’s finest artists, illustrators and photographers to create compelling designs telling Canada’s stories in bold and captivating ways. In addition to industry awards – his work has garnered recognition from Applied Arts magazine and the Design at Work awards program – he is most proud his work is part of the permanent collection at Library and Archives Canada. For more than 20 years, he has partnered with clients like Canada Post. In addition to stamps, his work includes brand identity programs, annual reports, websites and print collateral for a diverse range of Canadian clients in many market sectors.