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What happened to four friends after art school? They SANK! SANK! Playing Cards, that is: 54 works of art you can play with
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What happened to four friends after they graduated art school? They SANK! SANK! Playing Cards, that is.
 
From left to right: Susanne "Spades" Lund Pangrazio, Anna "Diamonds" Orton, Kathryn "Hearts" Briggs, and Nicole "Clubs" Bennett
From left to right: Susanne "Spades" Lund Pangrazio, Anna "Diamonds" Orton, Kathryn "Hearts" Briggs, and Nicole "Clubs" Bennett

Susanne Lund Pangrazio, Anna Orton, Nicole Bennett, and Kathryn Briggs finished an intense MFA in September 2013; now, how to bring their unique visions into the world? We decided to begin with something simple – take a familiar object and make it inspired. The result is a deck of playing cards, each artist re-addressing a suit; in addition the deck includes two Jokers all four ladies worked on together. 54 works of art you can play with.

Joker the first, the back of SANK! Playing Cards, and Joker the second; each designed by all four of us working on the same image together
Joker the first, the back of SANK! Playing Cards, and Joker the second; each designed by all four of us working on the same image together

Linocut, Collage, Graphite, and tea, each artist was given complete freedom to explore their suit and develop its uniqueness. We drew inspiration for our designs from history, mythology, fairy tale, pop culture, and personal experiences. The result is four individual approaches to what a suit of cards could be, woven together into a unified piece of interactive art a viewer can hold in their hand.

King of Spades by Susanne, Jack of Diamonds by Anna, Queen of Hearts by Kathryn, Ace of Clubs by Nicole
King of Spades by Susanne, Jack of Diamonds by Anna, Queen of Hearts by Kathryn, Ace of Clubs by Nicole

Now we are raising funds to get SANK! Printed – we’ve set our funding goal to cover the cost of 100 custom printed decks, each packed in its own custom designed box. Along with the playable decks, we are also offering fine art prints of our work and the original drawings and paintings.

5 of Hearts by Kathryn, 8 of Clubs by Nicole, 7 of Diamonds by Anna, 6 of Spades by Susanne
5 of Hearts by Kathryn, 8 of Clubs by Nicole, 7 of Diamonds by Anna, 6 of Spades by Susanne

These decks will be released through Kathryn’s publishing company Ess Publications and available via Amazon and Ess Publication website.

3 of Diamonds by Anna, 8 of Spade by Susanne, 2 of Hearts by Kathryn, 10 of Clubs by Nicole
3 of Diamonds by Anna, 8 of Spade by Susanne, 2 of Hearts by Kathryn, 10 of Clubs by Nicole

 Check back for interviews with each artist on what went into her suit and more images of the artwork!

The boxes will feature this design created by all four artists working on the same drawing
The boxes will feature this design created by all four artists working on the same drawing

Risks and challenges

The art for each card is finished, polished, balanced, and ready to go; even the boxes are custom designed. We've sourced a great printer but, getting our project printed exactly how we want it has a steep minimum order requirement: 100 decks of cards. Even split between four, this is a big financial hurdle for new graduates on the "starving" end of the artist spectrum. With your kind support we will be able see our vision fully realized.

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    A full deck of SANK! Playing cards in a custom designed tuck box. That's 54 plastic coated cards (four suits plus two Jokers) at Poker size. In addition, each pledge enters you into a drawing to win an original Joker design created by all four artists!

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    A full deck of SANK! Playing cards in a custom designed tuck box, PLUS a signed digital print of all of the face cards (Jack, Queen, King) from each suit at A4 size, 12 prints in total. In addition, each pledge enters you into a drawing to win an original Joker design created by all four artists!

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    Become Royalty! A full deck of SANK! Playing cards in a custom designed tuck box, an original work of art used to create the card of your choice, and commission one of us to put your face on a face card! Suit of your choice, size varies depending on artist.

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    Choose a Consort! A full deck of SANK! Playing cards in a custom designed tuck box, an original work of art used to create the card of your choice, and commission one of us to put your face AND the face of someone else on a face cards! Suit of your choice, size varies depending on artist.

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