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Young designers show talent with zodiac stamps
    2018-January-3  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

China Post issued the first zodiac stamp for the Year of the Monkey in 1980. The other 11 zodiac signs were printed on the stamps, one by one, in successive years. It’s become a time-honored tradition and the stamps featuring Chinese zodiac signs have become precious treasures for collectors.

As the Chinese Year of the Dog is approaching, Shenzhen students were invited to design their own zodiac stamps.

An exhibition of the winning designs from the Second Shenzhen Youth Chinese Zodiac Stamps Design Contest was held at Century Place shopping mall in Huaqiangbei on December 23, attracting many visitors.

A project under the banner of “Everyone enjoys good design” featured in Shenzhen’s Creative December, the competition launched in September enlisted more than 800 designs created by students aged 6 to 16. The works take the forms of sketches, oil paintings, watercolors, prints, cartoons and cliparts.

Among these, “Auspicious Dog Brings Blessing” designed by Liu Sitong of Liyuan Primary School won the gold prize; “Red Fortune Comes to the Year of the Dog” by Shang Qianying of Nanyuan Primary School and “Auspicious Dog Presents Luck” by Su Kaiyi of Shenzhen Longgang Science and Technology City Foreign Language School won silvers; and works by Liu Yipeng and two others from the Shenzhen Rainbow Anime Research and Development Center won bronzes.

“Kids learn outside the classroom while they have fun designing stamps,” said Huang Xinxing, an art teacher of Liyuan Primary School, adding that the school paid special attention to the tradition of stamp collecting. It set up the first children’s post office in the city back in 2010. “The Chinese zodiac stamps design contest provides a platform for students to showcase their imagination and talent. In our school, they can also send letters with the stamps they designed themselves.”

Zhang Jing, a member on the jury for the competition, said that the stamps designed by students this year were creative and rich in connotations.

“The students blended the history and Chinese cultural traditions into their designs,” he said. “The dog, as we Chinese people see it, is a symbol of loyalty, bravery and friendship.”

The competition, sponsored by the Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen Municipality, aimed to bring the charm of stamps to students, who are the future of carrying on Chinese traditions.

(Chen Xiaochun)

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