marenthe - illustration and graphic design

Marenthe Otten

illustration | design | art

represented by
Lilla Rogers Studio


Here's some jaw-dropping news!

Marenthe’s TEN eye-catching stamps, d...

06 April 2017


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10 November 2016

Dutch Royal Post Stamps 2017

Snail mail with a smile

Here's some jaw-dropping news!

Marenthe’s TEN eye-catching stamps, designed in collaboration with Dutch Post NL, launch for spring 2017!

Emotions are (wo)man’s best friend - they make us human. We understand them and empathise.

Ten delightfully designed cute images:
Six colorful hearts with a lovely message.
A blooming flower.
A sparkling house.
A blushing circle.
A happy cup of tea.

We are a nation of people who love receiving snail mail but who also send quick text messages, using powerful emoticons. These expressive faces transcend generations, sex and race.
The Netherlands is a country with 200 nationalities (seriously). So, how do we communicate? The message is clear: we all recognise a smiley. We all know the meaning of a heart or the impact of an sad emoticon.

How it all began :0)

A while back, my lovely daughter, Lila Poppy, began sending me messages with faces built from emoticons. The eyes, for example, were 2 footballs, the nose an apple and the mouth a laugh-out-loud banana (or a cloud or teardrop if we were feeling glum). If we were being naughty it could be a chicken for the nose and a monkey for the mouth!

When Post NL approached me to design 10 special occasion stamps, I thought: “wow, let’s bring this idea to life! Let’s combine the traditional (snail mail) with the current trend (digital emoticon).”