Graphic designer Kría Benediktsdóttir is a 2013 graduate of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Her final project Frímerki 1939-1958 researches Icelandic stamps. It was exhibited at Reykjavik Art Museum in the LHÍ Final Exhibition 2013.


„For some people stamps is no more than an evidence of the fact that postage has been paid. For others they are much sought after collectors’ items and even name badges for the country concerned. No matter how a stamp is considered it’s a small piece of art that calls for a high level of  technical and artistic expertise in the whole process from design to production“

– Vilhjálmur Sigurðsson




At this time there were often problems regarding the design of the stamps and the location of the subject inside the frame. Besides the lack of accents in the Icelandic alphabet often occurred. The printer in London often did a lot of work within a very short deadline but high standards of the work were requested and the stamps or things related to them were often repeatedly sent back and forth.



  When you take a look at stamps they don’t all leave everybody with the same impression. Some see only the usefulness of the stamps while others see their aesthetic value.

I have studied this period from primary sources, letters that passed between the Post and Telecom Administration and the printing press, which took care of printing the stamps in London.

What I show in this exhibition is only the first step in a larger study of stamps. In this work I focus on individual stories, the work behind the stamps, their design, and the process that lies behind.




Images courtesy of Kría Benediktsdóttir



This is our second edition of our yearly round-up of final projects by brand new designers graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.