Minors in progress. Many of you wanted to know if they'd be illustrated and yes they are.
"We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon, And we got to get ourselves back to the garden." - Joni Mitchell, Woodstock
Finding a deck that really connected with my personal energy became a daunting task. There were very few that allowed me to see myself in them. I set out to create my own deck, and after months of not having a vision for what it’d look like a dream came to me. Then it came to me again. In the dream was an intensely gorgeous black portrait which has become the inspiration behind this deck. I began the work using my current knowledge of tarot and mostly my own intuition. The imagery that comes forth is as new to me as it is for the readers who will use this deck. It is coming from a place that is far beyond my conscious mind.
Dust II Onyx: A Melanated Tarot Deck will be a full 78+ card tarot deck. Each card will feature spot gloss and gold foil accents to maintain varying surface quality of the original works. The cards will be high quality 3.5″ x 5” cards on 350GSM stock with rounded corners. The decks will come in a limited edition lidded box.
“… Dust II Onyx Tarot will reach people the others don’t. Its unique, powerful and masterfully created.” – Pamela Steele Tarot Reader and Deck Creator (www.steelewizard.com)
“When I look at the cards I don’t see people or color I just envision the ether and those beings that embody it.” – Retta Ware (Tarot Reader and Collector)
The majority of the costs are in the printing and shipping fulfillment. There is also a substantial amount that goes to fees and taxes. The scanning/editing is of additional costs than normal because I chose to use a giclee scanning process to ensure the quality and integrity of the images.
Along with each deck will be a signed thank you postcard featuring one of the major arcana, options to purchase a digital print on paper as well as prints offered on this beautiful and durable metal surface.
I have one stretch goal! That is to create the ultimate tarot journal featuring descriptions of each card plus additional note pages, spiral bound with a sturdy cover. $35,000 can make that a reality so let's hit it!
Courtney Alexander is a recent graduate with her Bachelor’s in Studio Art from the University of South Florida. In her past work she dug into issues of duality, hyper sexuality, and self-awareness; a much more personal dialogue which served to create vulnerability and explore the complex nature of her existence. Her paintings and sculptures are abstract and experimental, allowing for a more tactile sensory experience. The Dust II Onyx Tarot Deck is her largest project to date.
“Dust II Onyx was created from my desire to make artwork that resonated with my soul, and now has become a work I want to share with others. I consider it an honor to create this deck and I look forward it being a tool for beautiful and transformative experiences for each and every reader.”
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Risks and challenges
The majors are complete (with the exception of one particularly stubborn card) and the minors are in progress. All work will be completed by the time Kickstarter funds are released (early November). I also have a great community of tarot deck creators supporting and giving wonderful feedback throughout this process.
I've also had the opportunity to speak with several backers (of other decks), as well as do my research on proper budgeting of all. It is of the utmost importance to me to honor every cent donated to this project, so I have consulted with an accountant to ensure an efficient system is established for managing funds and taking into account EVERY possible cost for production. I'm very well aware of the financial challenges and setbacks that could occur by not doing so.
The main obstacle is possible delays in proofing and printing. So I have given myself a very generous window and shipment date of May 2017. The holidays will soon be upon us as well as the Chinese New Year so I budgeted in an additional 6 week window for printing alone.
I will continue to update this project page as well as the Dust II Onyx website with my progress and any potential setbacks that may occur. You will always be in the loop right along with me. We're in this together.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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