Saturday, 30 April 2016

Marie-Noelle Goffin

It seems to me, from my study of stamp engravers so far, that there seems to be very few female stamp engravers. I consider this such a shame. There are just as many talented female artists out there as there are men. This got me to wondering: how many female stamp engravers have there been over time? Well, I haven't been able to answer that yet, but I have found a couple of wonderful engravers in my search. The one engraver who stands out to me so far is Marie-Noelle Goffin from France.

Marie-Noelle Goffin began her training at the School of Fine Arts in Rouen. During her studies she decided to specialise in engraving. In 1962 she received a National Engraving Diploma, which earned her a scholarship to study for a year at the School of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. Marie-Noelle then went on to teach at the school of Fine Arts in Lilie for 26 years. She has also worked for the French Post since 1976.

On 11 October 1976 the first Marie-Noelle Goffin stamp was issued in France. The subject of the stamp was Theirs, a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France. As mentioned above the stamp was designed by Goffin, and it was engraved by Eugène Lacaque.  The design is fantastic.


In 1977 Goffin designed and engraved her first stamp for France, showcasing the Collegiate Dorat. It was part of a set of six tourism stamps.


Over the years Goffin has engraved some 70 odd stamps for France and several for the French Colonies. Below is a small sample of some of the beautiful stamps she engraved for France. As I continue to collect her stamps, I will feature them on this blog.


This first example is from 1985.


Here's a beauty from 1992.


This one is from 1996. I love the sense of depth in this design.

I'd like to thank my stamp friend Natalie for kindly allowing me to use her lovely stamp images.

Until next time...

Stay Engraver Crazy!

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