Friday, February 26, 2016

Victoria Kirdiy, Russia

Ok, here comes a rather longish post...due to the number of cards...and I consider including this one in the Postcard Friendship Friday cos it kinda feels convenient...

Now, Im sure at least some of you have heard or have come across these postcards designed by the Russian artist Victoria Kirdiy. They are really nice, but I really don't know why I kinda started liking them...added some in my favourites, and before I knew, that's what i ended up getting in the favourites tag on the forum :) I do not collect these (like for example I collect those by Mucha or Escher)...I really cannot explain my actual feelings towards these...probably it is the warmth of the images that attracted me most...and then I realized these cards come with quotes on the back (in Russian, but the sometimes the senders provided translation for me).
There are some like regular characters appearing on the cards...and often the quotes coincide with the image on the card.

So with time, I have acquired a number of these...and I know you may not be a fan of Kirdiy (I do not call myself a fan either), but I believe it is worth to take a look at this post cos of the bunch of Russian stamps...and Russian stamps are among my favourites out there!!

I think this is the first Kirdiy card I received back in 2013

well, the quote on the first one here came without translation....

and here we have a bunch of lovely stamps!! Six in total! Starting from the left, first we have a great colourful bumblebee stamp issued in 2005 in a set of 5. Next to it are two small defintiives from 2008, from a set of 15. Next is a lovely rose stamp, issued in 2007 in a set of four flower stamps. Below the rose is a pear, issued in 2003 in a set of five stamps under the name "Gifts of Nature". And at the very right, another splendid stamp with a breathtaking image, issued in 2007 for the International Polar Year (I seem to come across this term frequently lately :P). the issue consists of a sheet of three stamps that together form like one image...on this one here you can see the glacial covers.
Thanks a lot to Ksenia for the fantastic choice of stamps!!

Dear Katya sent me this one as a lovely surprise!!

and she used three awesome stamps! (there is also a special cancellation lurking for the Winter Olympic Games).
On the left we have a fantastic train stamp! It was issued in 2007 in a set of 6 stamps representing Russian Regions (this one represents Irkutsk). The one in the middle was issued in 2007 as well, commemorating the year of the Russian Language. The one on the right was issued in 2006, a joint issue btw Russia and Armenia, commemorating the Year of Armenia in the Russian Federation.

a card I received from Olga...I love the fox represented as a pet here, instead just another women fashion detail.

two awesome horse stamps! (that at the very top is not a stamp, just part of the sheet :))
Issued in 2007 in a set of four stamps with Domestic Horses...I am not a horse specialist, so all I can say is that here we have the breeds of Orlovskaya and Donskaya.
At the left there is also a small stamp issued in 2009 in a set of two, representing symbols of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

oh yeah, a translated quote at last! :)
"The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same" - Carlos Castaneda

This one arrived thanks to Masha!

she used two of the 2008 definitives.

Another one from Masha, with a quote by Pam Brown.
"One small dog changes coming home to an empty house, to coming home"
Boy, this is just so true (I wouldnt underestimate cats here too...)

here we also have two of the 2008 defintiives. And also, in the middle we have a stamp issued in 2004 - it is a set of four stamps showcasing Russian Silverware, with this one showing a vase from 1880s - 1890s. At the right we have a stamp issued in 2006 in a set of two stamps, commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of M. A. Vrubel - a Russian painter. This stamp represents one of his works under the title - Tsarevna - Swan.

"I wish you happiness! Fragrant as a ripe cherry, and hot as a morning coffee"!

From Masha again :)

Four definitives from 2008.

This one has a quote by Robert Anson Heinlein - "Women and cats will do as they please. And men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea".

Hhahahahhahahaa! Oh well :D

another of the bumblebee stamps here. And also one from the four New Year stamps issued in 2013, also bearing symbols from the Olympic games in Sochi.
Thanks to Anna for this one!

a very cute winterish scene!!

a nice special cancellation for the Sochi Olympics from the town of Voronezh. And another stamp from the New Year one mentioned above. As well as one from the 2009 definitives representing the Russian Kremlins. (here is the Rostov Kremlin)

one more from Masha! :) And a quote by Anne Lamott.
"Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining."

And to complement that quote, Masha used two awesome lighthouse stamps! The middle one is from the set of 3 issued in 2005 (this stamp shows the Mudyugsky lighthouse. The other lighthouse stamp is from the set of 3 issued in 2006 (this one shows the Lighthouse on peninsula Rybachiy, 1966).
and also there is one definitive from the 2008 set.

And just one more of these Kirdiy cards...I received this one like last week or so...but there is no quote on the back...and in fact, the whole backside of the card differs from the ones previously guess, it is printed somewhere else..
The thank you goes to Olga for this one!

Olga used one of the Kremlin definitives - the one in Ryazan. She also used a definitive from the set of 11 issued in 1998 - this one shows a radio mast. And we have a New Year stamp from 2005. That bear is actually a sticker, not a stamp :)

Hope you are not sick and tired of Kirdiy now :)

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