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Inspired by the beautiful city of Edinburgh, this deck of playing cards has captured 54 unique photographs of Scotland's capital city
Inspired by the beautiful city of Edinburgh, this deck of playing cards has captured 54 unique photographs of Scotland's capital city
89 backers pledged £1,348 to help bring this project to life.

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Edinburgh Playing Cards

**Update** Wow - within a week we have hit our target. We are amazed and delighted at this achievement. This is all down to your belief and support of this project. Thank you all so much for this.  

We have come up with a few stretch goals to keep the campaign interesting and we will add some additional pledge levels in the near future. 

  • £1,000 – if we reach this we'll add custom seals to the boxes
  • £1,500 – this level and we'll add a blank card to each pack
  • £2,000 - this will give you a double face card in each pack
  • £2,500 – we'll print the inside of box giving a great finish
  • £3,000 - public exhibition of our photos with invites to all fantastic backers for opening night.

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Welcome to Edinburgh Playing Cards.  A unique deck of cards celebrating the style, landscape, architecture and vistas of Scotland's capital city.

During the last 18 months I have been facilitating a photography group for people living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C through the Scottish charity I work for, Waverley Care.

Initially this was just an opportunity for people living with the conditions to meet, take some photos and get some support from each other. During this time a friend of mine brought back a deck of cards for me as a present from another city in another country which had photos of the city embedded into the cards. This made me think that our photography group could do just as good a job of producing an Edinburgh deck of cards.  

The group meets on a Friday afternoon for a few hours. Most of the group have had a history of mental health issues due to the stigma and discrimination still prevalent in our society towards HIV and Hepatitis C. This stigma can leave people isolated, anxious and unwilling to share their status with friends and family. Some of the group have very poor mobility including one person who is a wheelchair user and another who relies on crutches.

The Cards

The Back

As it happens the charity I work for – Waverley Care – have their own tartan and we have used this to create the back. I think this makes the cards look clean, elegant and in particular, Scottish. I think the design of the back is lovely.

The Faces

We have taken 54 photos of sights and scenes of the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Being involved in this project has further confirmed the fact for me that Edinburgh is a totally stunning city with so many landmarks to photograph. We have therefore included some iconic images from the city such as the castle, Portobello Beach, Arthur’s Seat, the Meadows, and the Forth Bridges. Here are the images used in the video.

We will release further images throughout the campaign.


So what do you get?

This deck will be printed in the UK by Ivory Graphics using their Sure Slip AIR textured black cored playing card board.

52 poker sized playing cards – each with a unique image of the beautiful city of Edinburgh on it

2 joker cards with additional photographs

2 ad cards with more info on HIV, Hepatitis C and our organisation, Waverley Care, and photograph location list.

1 custom designed tuck box.

The Impact of the group

By pledging your support to this project you are not only buying some beautiful Edinburgh playing cards, but you are also supporting a project which has made a difference to people lives.

Evaluation

We had an external evaluator meet with the photography group to get some feedback on members experiences. 

The following were areas that were remarked upon by group members:

a. Socialising: all participants talked about the opportunity to get out more and meet new people. During the evaluation it was evident that the members had gelled together as a social group and they were very relaxed in each other’s company. Each person spoke about being able to relax and have a laugh while one person also spoke of being able to generate debates on different topics.

b. Encouragement: the group offered the chance to try new ideas and find out about different opportunities that might be available to them. In particular there was one member who had commenced a college course and several others spoke of how seeing this had prompted them to consider doing some form of training or course themselves. They had a new-found confidence to try something they had not previously considered.

c. Support: all group members spoke of the support received both from other group members as well as from the facilitator. The level of support had lead to an increase in confidence. There was a period of reflection surrounding the loss of one of the group members quite early on in the formation of the group. While it was a difficult time for the remaining members they found comfort in attending the group and sharing their feelings with others who were going through the same thing.

d. New Places: Going to new places or places that they would not have considered going on their own was a common response among the group members. For one person this was due to mobility issues while for another it was a combination of long periods of social isolation causing anxiety to be in a public place. One person stated that they now feel they are “An Ambassador for Edinburgh” as they tell other people about the places they have visited with the group.

Conclusion

Your pledge therefore not only means you get a beautiful deck of cards which celebrates the style, architecture and views of Edinburgh but you are also supporting a project which has had a significant impact for the service users of our organisation.

If you would like to know more about either the cards, or the charity then please contact me at rik.hodgson@waverleycare.org

I would just like to say a huge thank you to Tim Griffiths who did the graphic design work for this project.For more information on him and his work see: http://illustration.tgiadd.co.uk

Risks and challenges

The cards will be printed by Ivory Graphics and once delivered here we will package up and post. We hope to get printed and posted before end of April.

If we fail to reach our target then we plan to hold an exhibition of our photos sometime in 2014.

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    Receive one pack of Edinburgh Playing Cards - no postage involved as buyer will colllect from our Waverley Care Head Office, 3 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6NB

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