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About

What is Captive Souls? 

‘Captive Souls’ is a deck of playing cards highlighting the welfare and living conditions of animals all over the world.

The cards will feature a mixture of endangered animals, and those in captivity who have been either senselessly killed or are being forced to live in unforgivable conditions. 

The cards have detailed black and white, hand drawn illustrations that are created with dip pen and ink.

 

 

Backer Involvement

The animals we include in this pack will be chosen by you - the backers. If you choose to back this project you will be directly involved in its creation! 

Every card will feature either an individual animal - like Cecil or Harambe, or an animal that is representative of its species and the plights surrounding them. There are 4 cards already designed - 48 still to go! 

We have a few ideas in mind - but everything will go through you first.  

The Cards

  • 54 poker sized cards  
  • Hand drawn illustrations
  • High quality linen stock
  • Metallic inks - used for rank and suit symbols 
  • Foil stamping on the tucks

Our Launch Cards

Cecil - King of Hearts 

Cecil was a male lion living in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, he was being studied and tracked by a team from Oxford University. 

On the 1st July 2015, Cecil was lured out of the sanctuary and killed by a hunter - Walter Palmer, who wounded Cecil with an arrow before shooting him approximately 40 hours later with a rifle. His death sparked outrage globally among animal conservationists, politicians and the general public.  

  

Harambe - King of Clubs

Harambe was a captive male Western Lowland gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo. These gorillas are a critically endangered species in the wild. 

On 28th May 2016, Harambe was shot and killed by zoo officials after a child climbed into his enclosure and fell into the moat. The controversy over his killing quickly became international news and gained global publicity. 

  

Tilikum - King of Spades

Tilikum is a bull orca, born in November 1981, he was captured at just two years old near Reykjavik, Iceland. He has been in captivity since his capture, and in 1992 was moved to Seaworld Orlando. He is the largest orca in captivity.

As a result of his captivity, Tilikum has become aggressive and in constant stress, which has resulted in the deaths of 3 people. He has a collapsed dorsal fin - a sign of an unhealthy and stressed orca.  

"His life has changed how we view SeaWorld and the marine park industry, and changed our moral calculus regarding the confinement and display of intelligent, free-ranging species." National Geographic

  

Hanako - Queen of Diamonds

Hanako was described as the 'world's loneliest elephant'. It is believed that she had not seen another elephant since arriving in Japan from Thailand in 1949. 

A campaign was launched and signed by nearly 470,000 people to demand a better quality of life for Hanako and if possible to have her among her own kind. The campaign reached the zoo, and talks were had to discuss her welfare. 

On the 26 May 2016 she sadly passed away before any changes could be implemented. 

  

Rough Timeline

This is just a guide to what we are currently working towards:

24 July 16 - Kickstarter campaign ends 

July-September - Artworks produced

Late September - Final cards sent to printer

October - Cards are printed

November - Cards are shipped!! (all in time for Christmas!*)

Add-On's

We've had a few requests about people wanting to add additional decks to their pledge. 

For example: 
If you choose the SPECIAL pledge, but want 2 decks instead of 1 with your print, just add on £10 to your pledge. See the FAQs for how its done. 

Uncut Sheets: 

An uncut sheet is a double sided sheet of the actual playing cards fresh out of the printer with cutting marks. Just add on £20 to your pledge - simple!

After changing your pledge to include any add on/s please PM me to confirm.

Updates

All the major updates of course will be provided through Kickstarter. However if you want more regular updates - such as progress images for all of the artwork, like and follow our Captive Souls facebook page. 

 

We printed some of the cards at size to show how the illustrations shrink down
We printed some of the cards at size to show how the illustrations shrink down

'Q's and 'A's

Q: Who are we?  

A: Co-creators Holly Richards and Josh Smith. Holly is a graduate of Illustration from Falmouth University and Josh is a startup design engineer. Friends since school, Josh came to Holly with the suggestion of using the medium of playing cards to raise awareness for animal suffering and ensure their plight is never forgotten. 

Q: Why this project?

A: We have both long been passionate about animals and their welfare. ‘Captive Souls’ was inspired by the ongoing tragic events of recent years and the large public reactions to animals like Cecil, Harambe, Tilikum and Hanako. We wanted to raise awareness in a way that celebrated these animals, and try to prevent others from suffering the same way.

Q: Why Kickstarter?  

A: We wanted to reach a global audience of backers who could be a part of the creation process of this project. The welfare of animals is a global issue, and so demands a global audience. We wanted our backers to be able to have a hand in what they have decided to help create. Your feedback will shape this project – the animals we chose to include will depend on what is suggested. We look forward to watching the project develop and evolve, and to see the causes across the world that are highlighted due to your input! 

Q: Will you be able to ship in time for Christmas?

A: Yes - if you're in the UK & Europe. As for the rest of the world, this will really depend on how long things take to clear customs in your country. We will be posting at the start of November using the 5-7 day international delivery option through Royal Mail. If you're unsure about your country, get in touch and we'll do our best to find out for you!

 

Risks and challenges

We are fully committed to this project, but there are only two of us. The more suggestions you as backers make, the faster the artwork producing process will be - as we'll know exactly what our community want!

To make things as smooth as possible, we have been in contact with NoirArts/NPCC printers and they have been incredibly helpful in providing us with all the information we needed to design the cards in the way they'll print best. We are using them to manufacture our cards because of the high quality service and options they provide. More information about them can be found here:

http://noir-arts.com/index.php/npcc

Packaging will be directly handled by us, and shipping will be through Royal Mail, so we can guarantee delivery prior to Christmas in the UK and Europe. We're extremely confident that by posting at the start of November they'll all arrive to international backers by December 25th too. Our postage prices are reflective of a 5-7 day international delivery time. The only unknown is how long they'll take to process customs in each country!

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    1x Captive Souls deck and one print of Cecil, Harambe or Tilikum - selected at random.

    Prints are A4 on 220gsm cartridge.

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