Hello! We are Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, partners in the Chicago design & art studio, Uusi and we are thrilled you've stopped by to check out our Kickstarter Gold project: Supra – Beyond the Pagan Otherworlds, an entirely original, hand-inked oracle deck.
What Is An Oracle Deck? An oracle deck is similar to a tarot in that it is an object of meditation that encourages it's participant to explore and uncover authentic truths about their individual character that unite them to the extremely powerful and ancient current of universal, creative energy. It is the Hero Journey that is open to all of us – "The Royal Road," as it once was called – that promises a dynamic, positive transformation in our characters that can only be experienced through a true understanding of our essential selves
Where an Oracle differs from the tarot is that it is a looser, more artistic exploration of that journey. An oracle deck can be used on it's own or as a compliment to the tarot as a way of deepening the meditation experience. It is a gentle, daily guide that explores the individual's moment within the epoch and helps create an inner bridge to our ancient, universal archetypes – humanity's folkloric past – a spiritual journey that feeds our souls, energizes our present and empowers our future.
But before we get into the "Supra" future, we need to take a look at our Kicstarter past that brought this all about!
It goes without saying that we were beyond flattered when Kickstarter invited our small design studio to be a part of this awesome celebration of creativity!! It is an honor to be included in their list of favorite creators of the past 8 years and just as satisfying to have such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and thank the Kickstarter Team and this amazing community for giving us a truly life-changing past 6 years!
The Custom Playing Card Years And what a crazy 6 years this has been! We still can't believe it. Somehow we found a way to bring 10 successful Kickstarters into the world :O What began as a small, passion project in the spring of 2012 – to make an entirely hand drawn, custom playing card deck – quickly mushroomed into a custom, six-deck series that was 3 years in the making. Thanks to our Kickstarter backers we were allowed to explore this object to it's fullest, creating significant design innovations within the playing card industry that have now become standards of custom deck design, as well as bringing back a fine art approach to the artistry once given this humble, but historically rich genre.
Every project we launched within that six-deck series became part of a larger story that could only be written here and grew into a cast of characters that have become friends, mentors, collaborators, loyal fans, valued retailers and collectors, whose inspiring spirit and can-do enthusiasm encouraged us to be as fearless and innovative as we could be and along the way helped to usher in the golden age of custom, playing card deck design on Kickstarter!
The Tarot Years Once our six-deck series ended in 2014, we felt we had one last mountain to tackle within the card design genre – the tarot. Creating a tarot is basically the Iron Man of custom card design. 74, fully scenic images filled with narrative content and symbolism that have been a part of the story of humanity since time began, needed to be created – and of course, by that we mean hand painted, ack!! – all wrapped up in one beautiful, easy-to-carry-anywhere package. This was the fire we wanted to sit around – the hero journey we were dying to take – and thanks to our loyal, enthusiastic Kickstarter backers, the mountain we got to climb.
Once again we were able to immerse ourselves in the work. We completed and released our Pagan Otherworlds Tarot in the fall of 2015, and to our great surprise, we suddenly found ourselves right at the center of a tarot renaissance in the world. Shortly thereafter we were funded for and have just released our "Eros: The Garden of Love" Limited Edition tarot that is a burlesque take on the traditional, Tarot de Marseilles.
It is thrilling to be at the forefront of this incredibly soulful and enriching movement and to have found a meaningful way to bring it back into the modern market where it's meditative, wise and powerful counsel for self discovery and self-responsibility is more relevant and needed than it has ever been.
The Future Enters We are so proud of the work we have created for this community over the past six years and so grateful for the opportunity it has brought our way. We hope you've enjoyed the journey as much as we have and want you to know it couldn't have happened without you!
With every Update for this project we will be continuing the story of where we came from, where Uusi is in the world right now, and where we are going. Can't wait to share the next chapter with you and we're excited to launch that chapter with this special, Kickstarter Gold Supra project!!!
"Supra" is an oracle deck loosely based on Jungian psychology and how it mingled with Gnosticism. We loved the melding of physics, psyche and ancient knowledge in Jung’s practice that inspired an artistic leap at the dawn of the 20th Century in how Man relates to the world around him. It was a process of soul making in an era of growing preoccupation with the Machine and a return to our mystic roots that nourish and enliven our essential selves – our individual identities – within the immeasurable expanse of the cosmos.
With a world very much in play and running more and more at a machine's pace, we need objects and practices that ask us to stop, to reflect, and above all to allow us time to be human – to listen to what is in our hearts as much as what is in our minds. The dawn always breaks at the darkest time of night.
Individually Numbered Seals! For every deck we have created on Kickstarter we have designed a special seal to accompany it, and for this Kickstarter Gold project we are continuing that tradition but adding something a little extra that will celebrate this one-of-a-kind celebration – individually numbered, gold foil seals! Only KS Gold Supra Oracle decks that are backed on this project will recieve these special, individually numbered gold seals on their decks.
The "Supra" Oracle All the original imagery in our oracle has been created by Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits. Peter is the artist for this deck, and his use of pen and ink line work was inspired by the traditional line work engravings from the 15th and 16th century Masters. The intent of this style was it invoke a feeling of antiquity transporting you back in time when gods and goddesses walked the earth with men.
- card dimensions / 75mm x 130mm
- 56 original oracle cards
- printed on luxurious, heavy playing card stock
- tuck box designs on a premium paper stock that will have an embossed design
- custom seal for KS backers only!
- manufactured by the Expert Playing Card Company
Kickstarter Gold / Uusi "Supra" 24KT Limited Edition, Gold Gilded Decks We didn't think we would ever offer our hand-gilded, 24KT gold leaf decks again on Kickstarter, but how could we not bring a Limited Edition series back one more time for an encore performance in the KS Gold celebration!!
No other company in the world is creating hand-gilded decks made with the traditional, 400+ year-old gilding technique except Uusi. We brought this fine craftsmanship back to the playing card market in 2013 with our Pagan playing cards and have since gone on to create a collection of Uusi gilded playing card decks and tarots that are highly sought after by collectors and lovers of handcrafted studio edition work around the world.
Kickstarter Gold / Uusi "Supra" Guidebook Written by Linnea Gits and Peter Dunham this book will have 150 pages that illustrate and guide your through every card in the Supra oracle. Dimensions: 6" x 6". Perfect bound. Printed in the USA.
***"SUPRA" GUIDEBOOK AVAILABLE AS AN ADD ON FOR $20****
Mica Mineral Tarot Cloth For our Kickstarter Gold project we are introducing a very special, Mica Mineral Tarot Cloth. Mica, (also known as Isenglass or Glimmer), is a mineral that has reflective qualities said to enhance our understanding of ourselves allowing us to learn how to accept our flaws with kindness and work on destructive personality traits. It enhances intuition and deepens the mystic experience. Mica shields against jealousy, anger and violence. Physically, Mica is used with insomnia. It benefits the digestive system and keeps blood sugar levels steady. It improves concentration & memory; improves stamina and strength.
Mica Mineral Tarot Cloth Add On $40 each. ***International backers please message us first so we can give you a shipping quote.
Dimensions: 22" x 22" Heavy cotton canvas Handmade in the USA
Kickstarter Gold / Uusi "Supra" Limited Edition Prints / Add On**We will be releasing imagery of our prints mid-way through this project, so stay tuned!
***"SUPRA" SINGLE DECK ADD ON IS $35****
Funding With every deck we produce we try to push our artistic and production boundaries just a little further. We are constantly striving to innovate and update the work we make to surprise and delight you with an object you will want to hold on to and enjoy for years to come.
We carefully search out the best manufacturers for our products and work with them to push their own capabilities to make the best work they can. We want a partner who shares our passion for detail and our high standards for the work we create.
Our Kickstarter Gold "Supra" oracle will be comprised of 56 original, hand-inked pieces of art and can only happen with your help and participation. We hope you find value and delight in this project and that you choose to come with us on this journey to make something truly special together!!
Thank you! Linnea & Peter
*All images of the deck and tuck boxes you see in these photos are prototypes made at Uusi's studio. The finished product may vary slightly from what you see here – backers will be kept up-to-date of any minor changes that may occur. The overall design and theme will remain UNCHANGED throughout the funding and printing process.
Risks and challenges
Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, the founders of the design and art studio, Uusi, have been designing products for the market for over ten years. As designers and as consumers, we understand the need for delivering a high-quality product, represented as accurately as possible and shipped on time. We have had 10 successful projects on Kickstarter with over 10,000 backers total. We have completed nine of our projects and shipped to all our backers in the US and around the world within or close to, our promised delivery date with a 98% customer satisfaction rate. Our 10th project, "Eros:The Garden of Love Tarot", was successfully funded in September of 2016 and has been completed and will soon be delivered to our backers. We are committed to delivering a great product in a timely manner that you enjoy. Your happiness is our business!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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