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The Long Lost Marine Life of Japan – Stamp Collection

Commemorative Stamp Collection

The challenge of this project was to create special edition stamps based on a fictional artist. The idea was to imagine their identity, style, and backstory to accompany it. I created an artist named Henry Takayama, a half Japanese, half Canadian man influenced by his Japanese heritage and his father’s career as a sea fisherman. Using some well-known Japanese iconography, I invented what is now the Bonsai Whale, the Lucky Catfish, the Red Lantern Fish, and the Ramen Jelly.