Timeless Tales that trace images in the mind that transcend the telling.
I have chosen to express 1001 Nights with a naive yet very intricate design, which is all my own. 1001 Nights celebrates the simplicity and honesty of “hand-made” objects, which are becoming increasingly rare now.
At the deepest level, these cards reflect the boundless spirit of the Arabian Nights and the never-ending bond between the Teller of Tales and the Listener.
Ace | He is Najib, an Arabian Stallion, kicking the air, most proud and powerful symbol of strength and wealth.
King | The Suicide Sultan, aged and friendless, there is an air of quiet desperation about him.
Queen | Deep in the tales, a poor but hauntingly beautiful maid becomes the Queen.
Jack | A young man from any of a 1001 villages… wandering into his fearful Destiny.
The Pips | Blood red, this suit conjures up feelings of music and poetry, and the eternal quest for beauty in all her forms.
Ace | The Snake transfixes its victim with his hypnotic dance, in sensuous rhythm with a mournful flute... just waiting to pounce!
King | He is the mighty Raj, his blade bare, his intentions clear, a finger pointed accusingly to the sky.
Queen | Scorned by the King, full of wrath, she plots and seethes, her dagger small, but her anger looms large.
Jack | This son has fallen close to the tree, surely he doesn't plan to overthrow his father the Raj!
The Pips | Wisdom and experience, the lead suit... the Door to wealth and knowledge, with reflections of Death and Rebirth.
Ace | A sage Camel, the Ship of the Desert, carrying the Merchant, exotic spices, rare cloth, the Riches of the East!
King | He is the contemplative Pasha, with wisdom and patience… A Solomon among Kings.
Queen | She is his perfect companion, serene and thoughtful, with an inner gaze and a kind ear for strangers.
Jack | He is rich but unfulfilled, torn between the world of the Mind and the world of Action, he yearns to live the Tales!
The Pips | This is the suit of Material Existence, of the value of things, and the Lust for rare jewels, that take many forms.
Ace | The Crow, Black as Night, soaring to the sky, proud and aloof, the fearsome Hunter from above.
King | Wiley and crafty, he plots his Kingdom, with hand extended and a sword at the ready.
Queen | His Queen, once a harem slave, now risen above all by Beauty, which silences all.
Jack | He will be a good and wise Ruler, this seed from two so different lines.
The Pips | The suit of Nature, of the cycle of growing and harvesting those seeds that we plant, consciously... or in our deepest Dreams.
The Evil Eye centred in two magical hands... what does your Reading portend, what is your Fate?
Together they form a sacred diptych, the Gateway to Knowledge and Power.
The backside side of 1001 Nights depict the Sun and the Moon, the two most potent symbols of Nature in the desert. Action and business dictate the Day - but plots and romance rule the Night!
One of our most popular add-ons, these are the actual playing card prints that are then later cut into our beautiful 1001 Nights playing cards! Suitable for framing, they give the serious art lover an opportunity to see the work as a whole.
The Sun | The Sun is the great Cosmic Eye gazing upon its dominion during the day. It is Life, Power, Strength and Clarity - the essence of the Self. The Sun resonates with male energy, like the Crow rising in glory and power. It signifies the completion of the Great Work.
The Moon | The Moon is wholly feminine, the creative Life Force, the Maker of Tides rolling to the rhythm of Life. She reflects the light of the Sun onto us, and illuminates the darkness within and without.
Both 1001 Nights tucks will be USPCC soft touch pure white stock, which perfectly compliments the strong black and white intensity of the design.
The stamp seal features the Crow, rising up through the sky between the Sun and The Moon, a fitting image to seal your decks… until curiosity overwhelms you and you decide to break the seal!
The Tales of a Thousand and One Nights enchanted my mother since she was a young girl, and she was so happy to share her love of these magical tales with my brother and I. It was read to me as a little girl, by both my parents - in English and in German!
We would then discuss these tales, the wonders, the magic and of course the moral of the stories. I remember vividly how I wanted to be a lucky soul who was able to speak with animals. I was so enthralled that I just started talking with them anyway!
Later, these stories were then shared between us on our trips to the mountains of the Sinai. My mother took us to the desert when I was seven years old for the first time. We lived with the Bedouins for a half year. My mother was a potter and ceramic artisan, and helped the Bedouins build huts with the clay that is so abundant in the desert. We returned year after year, forming many deep friendships.
This project reflects my love for her, it is my tribute to her. A work of grief but also of great joy. It has re-connected me with so many precious childhood memories.
It is my most honest and vulnerable body of work.
With all my love Pia, thank you for being the most amazing mother and friend.
Feel transformed into a time where bartering was the currency of the day. Heads up, we find The Man, a figure based on the Jack of Clubs, the future King.
On the reverse side we have The Horse, icon of wealth and power and untamed unbridled majesty.
May the 1001 Treasure Coin bring you great pleasure!
The coin shown above is our 3D printed prototype. The 1001 Nights Treasure Coin you receive will be struck in metal with a beautiful gold coloured finish by our coin manufacturer. Tap here for an example of the exceptional quality of one of our previous coins.
Above is a 3D rendering of the front and back of the Treasure Coin.
Exclusive to Kickstarter, the satchel is expertly printed on quality fine linen. It is then hand-cut and sewn by Laura Locher, the talented designer who envisioned the satchel and then brings them together by hand, one by one!
A most unique and fitting way to keep your precious 1001 Nights collectable cards in pristine condition, imagine the magical moment when you bring them out in the Satchel and lovingly unwrap them to share!
The bag is inspired by the traditional Bedouin Camel Bag. The Satchel consists of two purses which fold together as one. It is artfully made from natural linen on which we decoratively print our 1001 Nights illustrations.
When The Satchel is all folded up it looks like the entrance to a magical kingdom, the world of 1001 Nights!
You are deep in a game of cards, the air full with the magical aroma of frankincense and myrrh. You admire the 1001 Nights Golden Hand that serves as a holder of incense, with fragrant cones that have come to you via the Mystic East, via a hundred generations of merchant travellers.
The cones fit perfectly over the Evil Eye on the Hand, which now cannot see, so you are safe!
The 1001 Nights Golden Hand was designed for 3D printing by Dent-de-Lion in true fidelity to the intentions of the original drawings. Each hand is individually printed in steel with a lovely gold colour finish.
With an incense cone alight, in Frankincense or Myrrh, the hand perfectly conveys the Artist's vision of the Tales and all their mysterious magic!
Above is a 3D rendering of the the 1001 Nights Golden Hand.
Two sentry Serpents guard the 1001 Art Tapestry, one on each side. The work itself is a high resolution fine art print... but on fine linen instead of paper!
The wall hanging perfectly compliments your cards and will turn many a head.
The Art Tapestry is made from the same natural linen as the Satchel, and is also graced by the sewing handiwork of Laura.
The large print shows clearly the detailed work behind the designs.
The hanging cord is hand made from secondhand yarn, so the colours will vary a little from piece to piece, making each individual Art Tapestry all the more unique. The matching pair of serpents are 3D printed steel with a lovely golden coat. If you get too close... they just might bite!
An inspired work of Art and Craft that will certainly find a home on a wall in your abode.
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Everything drawn by hand.
All the individual elements in 1001 Nights were drawn by hand on an Apple iPad Pro with Procreate. After completion, all the drawings were carefully transferred and assembled in Photoshop to ensure the highest print quality.
All the faces have been designed in perfect symmetry, as have the card backs. They are magician friendly and look so beautiful with flourishes.
The art has been a labor of love for more than a year. I have been thinking about this deck since my first playing card project - Glitch Original - in 2014. As a designer I am used to long processes and am very pleased to premiere these decks exclusively for you on Kickstarter.
Help support a family of artists
We are a family of designers and artists, we founded Art Playing Cards a few years ago when we fell in love with this amazing world. By being part of this campaign you actively help support a team of independent artists while ensuring that 1001 Nights gets into full print production.
The creation of 1001 Nights was truly a labour of love. A lifetime of reading the tales and diligently researching the background for the work - the genuineness of the cards - all speak of the long process of design and painstaking development of the artwork.
Finally, our mastery of the print process and the logistics of distribution and delivery - each of these steps are equally important to achieving our goal: Bringing you, our valued patron, the finest and most beautiful Art Playing Cards imaginable.
1001 Nights will be printed by The United States Playing Card Company. With their outstanding papers, superb inks and exceptional finishes, we know from our previous campaigns that their decks will be the highest possible quality.
Our cards will be USPCC Bicycle Standard with air cushion finish.
Here's what our Kickstarter backers are saying about their Art Playing Cards decks:
“I received mine while I was out of town during the last five days, deserve to be nominated for Kickstarter Deck Of The Year.” ~A. Wilson
“Received my decks today and very pleased with the results. Fantastic campaign!” ~Mark
Individually, we have funded, produced, and delivered four playing card projects to date. There have been many valuable lessons learned along the way. We hope that this, our fifth Kickstarter playing card project, will be our best yet!
When the campaign is successfully completed, and the funds are collected, we will send out a Backerkit survey. There you can fill in your shipping address and check your order.
The artwork is complete and ready for printing by our friends at USPCC, The United States Playing Card Company.
The Treasure Coin design specifications meet our foundry's requirements, and are ready for production.
We are printing the Art Tapestry in the UK. It will be hand sewn and assembled here in Switzerland and shipped direct to you.
The Card Satchels will also be custom printed in the UK. Then they will be expertly sewn and hand finished by Laura Locher here in Switzerland as well.
When everything is produced we will ship the cards and coins from Gamblers Warehouse, our specialist fulfilment partners in the USA, who shipped our last project Leonardo MMXVIII so wonderfully well.
Some orders containing items made in Switzerland will be shipped from our Art Playing Cards studios in Bern and Zürich.
Soleil Zumbrunn du Midi is an UX & visual designer working independently in Zurich. More about her work.
Laura Locher is a fashion, textile and costume designer in both film and theatre, working on projects in both Switzerland and Denmark. She also teaches culture and art to children. More about Laura on her site.
Risks and challenges
♠ This is our fifth Kickstarter card project, and we have a solid reputation for delivering exceptional quality results.
♣ We have proven ability to work through obstacles as they arise.
♥ Everything in the project is proceeding on schedule.
♦ We have the time, experience and resources available to succeed.
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