Celebration Blooms, a new Forever® stamp from the U.S. Postal Service, offers a dreamy tableau of abstract flowers and greenery created especially for life’s singular moments.
The stamp design features brilliantly colored abstract flowers rendered in ink and gouache paint. Gouache is known for its lustrous color, which the artist used to create the vivid hues of red, yellow, purple, pink, green, and blue that grace this horizontal floral illustration.
Similar in design to the two-ounce Wedding Blooms stamp, this stamp can be used on RSVP envelopes often enclosed with wedding invitations in addition to general correspondence. It is also perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes, and important announcements.
Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp using an existing illustration by artist Kim Parker.
This Celebration Blooms stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
First Day of Issue Ceremony
First Day of Issue Date: March 22, 2024
First Day of Issue Location: St Louis, MO
Stamp Art Director
For more than 30 years Derry Noyes has designed and provided art direction for dozens of United States postage stamps and stamp products. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Hampshire College and a master of fine arts degree from Yale University. She worked as a graphics designer at Beveridge and Associates, a Washington, D.C., firm, until 1979 when she established her own design firm, Derry Noyes Graphics. Her clients have included museums, corporations, foundations, and architectural and educational institutions. Her work has been honored by the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, Communication Arts, Critique magazine, and Graphis. Before becoming an art director for the United States Postal Service, she served as a member of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee from 1981-1983. Noyes is a resident of Washington, D.C.
Kim Parker is an internationally acclaimed artist, designer, and author based in New York City. Her signature style is exuberant floral art, and her designs and artwork have been distributed worldwide on designer rugs, dinnerware, bedding and bath, wallpaper and fabric, wall art, and stationery.
Coming from a family of accomplished musicians and artists, Parker was exposed to works of art and beautiful music at an early age, which fostered a love of both. Classically trained as a flutist at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Parker taught herself the fundamentals of floral painting and textile design between concerts and in her free time. Her foundation in music has proved to be useful in her design life as it has given her a sense of lyricism, discipline, and harmony that is key to the process of creating a visually pleasing pattern.
Parker’s floral designs have garnered three British design awards: the ELLE Decoration Award, the D&D Award (Design & Decoration), and the Observer Magazine Award. Her work has appeared in numerous publications such as The New York Times, British Vogue, Elle, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, The London Guardian, The World of Interiors, and Country Living magazine.
Published books by Parker include Kim Parker Home: A Life in Design, Interior Gardens: A New York Memoir, and a children’s book, Counting in the Garden.
When not painting floral textile designs or floral and abstract fine art, Parker enjoys playing Brazilian jazz and improvising to all kinds of music. She is an avid writer and diarist, and passionately advocates for both human and animal rights.
The 2024 Celebration Blooms and Wedding Blooms stamps are her first projects with the U.S. Postal Service.