StampNews.com is glad to introduce to our readers’ attention a special stamp issue that celebrates creative culture on Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
The artworks on the stamps, minisheet and cover have been created by Hamidah Abedin, Rebecca Bagnell-Smith, Pam Jones, Sandy McKendrick, Emma Washer and the Cocos Youth Group.
The Big Barge Art Centre, housed in a restored former working barge, is a local hub for fostering traditional and non-traditional art-making. Two of the centre’s recent community projects are Art Adrift and Art Afloat, the works of which express a vital connection with place, responding to the ebb and flow of life on the islands. In the long tradition of beachcombing, the artists have gleaned their materials from the shoreline, refashioning the flotsam to give it new meaning.
While the artworks reflect the rhythms of island life – boats and sea floats, for example – they also respond to the pressing environmental problem of detritus borne across the waters on ocean currents.