Swinburne alumna designs final Lunar New Year stamps

Friday 11 January 2019

A set of Pig Lunar New Year stamps.

This year’s stamps are a part of a stamp set that includes a silk minisheet pack, postcards, a prestige booklet and more. | Image: Australia Post

In summary

 

  • Swinburne alumna designs two stamps for the Lunar New Year
  • Stamps celebrate the Year of the Pig, the 12th and final year in the Chinese Zodiac cycle

 

Swinburne alumna Dani Poon has designed two stamps released by Australia Post to celebrate the Year of the Pig, the final set in the 12-design series celebrating the Lunar New Year.

The $3 and $1 stamps featuring the Chinese calligraphic character for the Pig and its pictorial representation complete Australia Post’s current Lunar New Year 12-design series.

Ms Poon has designed the stamps for each Lunar New Year for twelve years and says they give everyone the opportunity to send wishes of good fortune to family and friends, both in Australia and overseas.

Year of the pig minisheet stamp set.
The stamp set is the final of a 12-design series celebrating the Lunar New Year. | Image: Australia Post 

“The Pig minisheet design shows that in ancient times a Chinese family home only seemed complete when it included a pig, because the pig’s plump appearance was seen as a symbol of happiness and plenty,” says Ms Poon.

“We can see this in the fact that the Chinese calligraphic character for “family” incorporates characters for ‘roof’ and ‘pig’.”

The Pig is the 12th sign in the Chinese Zodiac and those born during its year are said to be kind, patient and empathetic.

A portrait shot of Dani Poon
Dani Poon designed the stamps to give everyone the opportunity to send wishes of good fortune to family and friends. 

Ms Poon has worked as a designer in Melbourne, Italy and Hong Kong, after graduating from Swinburne in 1998 with an Honours degree in graphic design (now communication design).

Australia Post commissioned her in 2008 to design their Lunar New Year stamps for twelve years, the length of a Chinese Zodiac cycle. This year is her final year.

In 2018, Ms Poon designed stamps to reflect the Year of the Dog.