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Together, we have built a tarot of the North Atlantic that draws on oceanography as well as tarot lore, showing oceanic life in fabric and stitch
Together, we have built a tarot of the North Atlantic that draws on oceanography as well as tarot lore, showing oceanic life in fabric and stitch
79 backers pledged $4,544 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm creating a tarot of the North Atlantic that draws on oceanography as well as tarot lore, showing oceanic life in fabric and stitch

Tarot of the North Atlantic

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I have created a deck of tarot cards that draws on my knowledge of Oceanography, but still feels true to the underlying structure of the historic tarot I have learned. Drawing on education and experience, I tried to find animals and ideas in the sea that spoke to me about the truths found in the tarot.

I draw with fabric and thread - landscapes like this:

Velma's Barn
Velma's Barn

As well as more abstract work, such as this series based on artificial geography and actual hydrology:

river abstract 5
river abstract 5

Using artistic skills developed over decades of practice, and knowledge acquired through study and curiosity, I am making a set of cards using both abstract and realistic imagery to allow people to explore the ocean and ocean processes and to help them unlock some intuitions about their lives.

In the Tarot of the North Atlantic, I chose animals (puffins, whales, an octopus) and processes (tides, whale fall) that represented to me the ideas explored in the traditional tarot. These became the Major Arcana, cards that speak to the biggest questions in life.

moon
moon
magician
magician

The Minor Arcana, or pips, are freely adapted from the alchemical basics of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. They are more abstract representations using stones, feathers, bones, and shells, all things found at the shore.

shells pips - numbers II to X
shells pips - numbers II to X

I started this project because I became obsessed with tarot cards and using them to explore and strengthen my intuition. I made the cards for my own amusement, and posted them on my blog. I heard a startling number of requests for the deck "when you're finished" and realized more people were excited about this project than just me! So here you are - and here I am - working together to get a deck of new tarot cards into the world.

Thank you SO MUCH for your support!

Risks and challenges

This is a small, short kickstarter - I want to get cards to the people that requested a deck when I was creating the images. The prices are set to be as reasonable as possible, and to provide a small number of carefully made sets of cards. The artwork is completed and photographed. The digital images are with the printer now. I need to get the decks of cards here and shipped.

The rewards at lower tiers already exist - I have postcards and note cards on hand, and they are ready to ship as soon as this campaign closes.

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    Postcards of Tarot artwork

    Five postcards made from artwork for Tarot of the North Atlantic. The Fool (a puffin), the Empress (a blue whale) and the Emperor (a humpback whale) are in every set.

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    Notecards of Tarot artwork

    Five assorted notecards made from artwork for Tarot of the North Atlantic. The Fool (a puffin), the Empress (a blue whale) and the Emperor (a humpback whale) are in every set.

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    Tarot deck and tuck box

    A deck of Tarot of the North Atlantic, printed in vibrant color on specialty cardstock, packaged in a simple tuck box for storage.

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    Tarot deck in tuck box, and tarot cloth

    A deck of Tarot of the North Atlantic, printed in vibrant color on specialty cardstock, packaged in a simple tuck box for safe keeping.

    Added is a 14" square of cotton printed with s specially designed pattern reflecting the imagery for the Tarot of the North Atlantic.

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    Tarot deck and fancy box

    A deck of Tarot of the North Atlantic, printed in vibrant color on specialty cardstock, packaged in a fancy hard box for safe keeping.

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    Tarot deck, hard box, notecards

    A deck of Tarot of the North Atlantic, printed in vibrant color on specialty cardstock, packaged in a fancy hard box for safe keeping.

    Added to that, five assorted notecards made from artwork for Tarot of the North Atlantic. The Fool (a puffin), the Empress (a blue whale) and the Emperor (a humpback whale) are in every set.

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    two tarot decks, tuck box

    Two (2) decks of Tarot of the North Atlantic, printed in vibrant color on specialty cardstock, packaged in a simple tuck box for safe keeping.

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    Tarot deck, box and scarf

    A deck of Tarot of the North Atlantic, printed in vibrant color on specialty cardstock, packaged in a fancy hard box for safe keeping.

    Also, a scarf printed with an image from the Tarot of the North Atlantic using sublimation printing for fade-resistant, bold, bright colors.

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    Tarot, hard box, note cards and cloth

    A deck of Tarot of the North Atlantic, printed in vibrant color on specialty cardstock, packaged in a fancy hard box for safe keeping.

    Added to that, five assorted notecards made from artwork for Tarot of the North Atlantic. The Fool (a puffin), the Empress (a blue whale) and the Emperor (a humpback whale) are in every set.

    And! a 14" square of cotton printed with a specially designed pattern reflecting the imagery for the Tarot of the North Atlantic.

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