WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN WHY:
I was inspired to create my own personal tarot deck after being introduced to the power of readings a year ago. My first reading was remarkably spot on and blew me away emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. A fire was ignited and thus began the journey.
Months of research on each card was done while simultaneously keeping a sketchbook journal of my visions and ideas. After about 6 months of this process I began creating original ink drawings for each card - 78 original pieces.
22 Major Arcana cards, 14 suit of Wands cards, 14 Suit of Swords cards, 14 suit of Pentacles, and 14 suit of Cups cards.
WHERE THE FUNDS ARE GOING:
I have been animating some of my card designs to add a little life to the design! check out my tumblr for more! click HERE!
*MAJOR ARCANA CARDS WILL BE REVEALED WITH THE DECK!
Using my research on the cards and original sketchbook I will create a unique user manual which will also be available for sale!
In addition to the cards and the user guide, a well considered card face for the back of the cards and custom tuck box must be designed to house the cards.
I really believe in this deck and that it is not only a tool for readings but also a piece of art. In order to make the deck affordable and accessible I need to print the deck in bulk - like 1000 decks minimum! The cost of this is quite high but in the end, allows my retail value to be realistic and ultimately in the hands of my fellows!
BACK FACE DESIGN FOR ALL CARDS:
TUCKBOX FRONT DESIGN:
I will be embossing the blood and adding metallic silver the moon's energy and to the Holly Simple "EYE"
***sneak peak of some of the rewards I designed and created for participants!!!!!
(watermarks will not be printed lol)
ALL STICKERS PRINTED ON ONE 4"X6" STICKER SHEET
BLEEDING RAINBOW PATCH 3"
WHEEL OF FORTUNE T-SHIRT
WHEEL OF FORTUNE TOTE
METALLIC SILVER ON BLACK
BRASS AND STERLING KNUCKLE DUSTERS
Holly Simple is a Brooklyn based cartoonist, gif girl, emo illustrator, and zine queen.
Her inspirations and muses include artist Joan Cornella, characters Ren and Stimpy, the Universe, Lady Gaga, and the spiritual enlightenment of the Egyptian Culture.
Holly was born and raised in a small town in Rhode Island where illustration and sketching was an instant form of expression in a place where there wasn't much to explore... Establishing her style at a young age, Holly explored various creative outlets including a bowtie and accessory line, upcycled collage jewelry, kawaii phone cases and more! Zines, comics, and gags then became the perfect medium (THANKS TO BFF AND MENTOR MEGHAN TURBITT). Soon to follow, Holly began an animated sketch-blog where she turned her drawings to life!
The HOLLY SIMPLE TAROT project has been a long haul and came during the time of great trauma after Holly's father passed away suddenly in December. The completion of this deck will pay homage to her father as he saw the project from the start and was her biggest supporter :)
Today, Holly works in SOHO NYC for an amazing textile designer and has a handful of creative projects in the works...
THE FUN IS NOT YET OVER.... All items are still available for preorder at the discounted retail rate. This means you can still order my 3rd eye face rings (which retail at $258 and $478) + DECK at a really super great price through pledging for that reward on my kickstarter. The deck will retail at $40 on my website after the campaign. You can still order it by pledging $40 - you get 3 other gifts and FREE SHIPPING at that price.
Once the campaign is over all items will be for sale through my website www.hollysimplestudio.com
SO...... now with each new pledge, my goals grow :)
STRETCH GOAL: $5600
If i meet this amount my guidebook will also be able to be printed!
SUPER STRETCH GOAL: $7000
1) My special edition risograph guidebook will be able to be printed!
2) I will be able to purchase packaging supplies for my business, which includes packing tissue, stickers, and shipping costs for all business growth.
3) I will also begin production on my deck pouches, which I have designed with my mother (an amazing seamstress and designer) they will be made of leather which will be embroidered with my logo and patch designs!
Please continue to follow my journey through social media: instagram: @HOLLYSIMPLETAROT and @Holly_Simple tumblr: ITSHOLLYSIMPLE
Risks and challenges
in order to make the deck accessible to my people i found that i had to order decks in bulk. REALLY LARGE minimums needed to be met in order to make my deck affordable.
keeping my color pallet simple was also an interesting challenge... when you work with a small pallet, the combinations are few, therefore making each suit unique was a fun mountain to climb! printing gets way costly once you exceed 4 colors as well so it was important to stick to this boundary.
the tarot community is a new world for me. i am a NOVICE reader but have learned wonders from my research on this project. i am actively looking to join this community and share my project and deck with new people - my current medium is comics, gifs, cartooning, and illustration so my audience is amongst a different crowd. i imagine that through word of mouth and social media i will find my fellow tarot lovers!
- (36 days)