Hello again, Urban Tarot supporters. It's been a little while since we've spoken, but it seems like a great deal of life has happened in the intervening time.
I feel inclined to apologize for the long break since the last update, and to provide some kind of explanation for what I've been up to. But the truth is, the last few months have been such a monumental storm of major life changes and emotional upheavals, I've just been in no state to really focus on my art. It's been difficult, and while there's still a lot going on in my world right now, I'm finally getting back to a place where I'm ready to work again. So instead of coming back with an apology for things I cannot expect to control, I'll instead come back with gratitude and with a renewed commitment - thank you all so much for sticking with me and with this project. It wouldn't exist without you. This deck continues to be my first priority and primary focus, and whatever delays life sends my way, it will get done. And soon - only 7 more cards still to go...
The Princess of Cups: The Costume Designer
Having one foot in the dreamy world of Water, and one on the solid surface of Earth, the Princess of Cups has the power to crystallize the stuff of imagination into beautiful reality. A kind and gentle dreamer, the Princess embraces the most positive aspects of the element of Water and then uses them to fuel her creativity. She is a lover of romance, of wonder, and of grand stories.
There is, of course, a danger in becoming too wrapped up in the world of dreams. Lacking the clarity of Air or the passion of Fire, The Princess needs to keep herself grounded to the real world, or she might find herself trapped in a castle in the sky built of her own imaginings.
I want to thank backer Susan Goodell for both modeling for this card, and providing the primary inspiration for its direction. When I initially interviewed Susan back at the beginning of this project, she told me about how much she loves Broadway shows, and how she plans every trip she makes to New York around which shows she can get tickets to see. It occurred to me that, if we could describe New York as having a dream life, its dreams play out each night on the theatre stages of the city. I decided that I wanted my Princess of Cups to have a role in building those dreams, so I imagined her as a costume designer, helping to transform imaginary characters into reality through their clothing.
I imagined my Princess working out of a tiny, basement level studio, crowded with materials and bits of inspiration, right in the heart of the theatre district. In reality, her surroundings are meager, but in her imagination transforms it into center stage. The costume she has just completed will soon glitter under a spotlight, playing a part in a fairy tale that is retold before a new audience every night.
Happily Ever After
One of the many exciting developments of the last few months was the birth of my roommates' healthy baby daughter. Little Amelia Rose is just six weeks old now, and we're delighted to have her around. Shortly before the big day, I took the happy moms out for a quick photo shoot. Jennifer and Sarah will be the primary figures for my 10 of Cups, coming up soon. Here's a quick preview of what's in store for that card.