I'm Lotrek, the designer of RSVP "Timeless" and "Butterfly" decks.
Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my first solo project on Kickstrter. Please note:
This is the First part of what turned out to be a two-part project. It has to do with the Venetian elegance and Joy of life. It will be followed by a second campaign, with a Dark Venexiana deck, dealing with the obscure side of the city.
This is how the word "Veneziana" is written in the area of Veneto, in northern Italy. It's familiar but at the same time strange, exactly as Venice itself. The most visited and loved city in the world, still keeps her secrets hidden behind the closed doors of the sinking palazzi. Venice is not just a beautiful city. It's an impossible invention of time.
Here is a wonderful post published by Collector in his blog, referring to the deck but also giving some very interesting information on Venice.
Venice throughout the centuries has been a source of inspiration for numerous artists. From Canaletto’s paintings , to Hugo Pratt’s “Corto Maltese”, and from the Byzantine refugees after the fall of Constantinople in 1452 to the stunned tourists of today, this seducing city has generated and hosted endless dreams.
Every person has found something here. Mystery, beauty, elegance, forbidden love, game, crime. All these are elements of the city, incorporated in its’ traditions. Commedia dell’ Arte, the old Italian form of improvised theater, holding hands with the Carnival.
Endless wealth and power, bearing death and destruction, but also giving birth to immortal monuments of Art and Music.
In this deck I tried to depict my vision of the city. It’s inspired by the 18th century period, which had been highly controversial. It was the time when Venice reached a peak in artistic power and elegance but at the same time it was the last century of the “Serenissima”. The Republic of Venice, had already lost the leading role in the sea trade and Napoleon finally conquered the city in 1797, three years before the end of the century.
Having all these elements in mind, along with memories of my winter walks in the empty narrow streets, between the sparkling sinking palaces, I have designed this deck.
I didn’t want to focus only on the Carnival, though it’s a very characteristic aspect of the city. So, for the courts I’m using people in carnival costumes, along with prominent citizens of Venice such as Ludovico Manin, the last Doge, Carlo Goldoni, the great playwriter, Casanova, the notorious womanizer and Antonio Vivaldi, the composer of the “estro armonico” , the “Harmonic Inspiration” .
“Venexiana” is a dedication, an expression of love and a perpetual promise of return.
The deck (UPDATED)
"Venexiana" is a completely custom playing cards deck and every element, from pips to courts, is entirely designed by me. It will be available in two different tuck cases:The white and the black editions
Stock and finish
I'm using Bicycle standard stock with magic finish.
"Venexiana" will be a limited edition. It will be printed only once. The number of the decks printed will be determined by the backers' demands. Of course there may be some decks left which can be sold later but there is not going to be another print.
1 Prints of any court card you prefer. They're printed on fine quality watercolor paper with light resistant inks. Approx. 30cmX20cm.
2. Uncut sheets, both signed and unsigned.
3.A wooden box handcrafted by me, containing two decks, signed and unsigned. Made of cherry wood, hand polished with shellac, using the French polish technique.
4. A very elegant leather bound folder also handcrafted by me, containing high quality prints of all court cards plus the ace of spades, numbered and signed.
5. The "Libro d' Oro"
The backers who will choose the "doge" pledge, will see their names printed on the special "libro d' oro" card which will be inside each deck!
Please note: All rewards which are just decks and unsigned uncut sheets, will ship from the States. All other rewards that involve work from me (including signed decks and uncuts) will ship from Greece. Therefore, the shipping costs are included in the pledge amount, no matter the destination.
If the project reaches $17000, Venexiana will get its custom seal. I think this deck deserves it, so let's seal it properly!
From the list below, you can choose any item(s) you wish, just by adding the corresponding amount to your pledge. After the end of the campaign you'll receive a survey where you will write down the items you've pledged for and I'll sort out what goes to whom. :-)
Made of bronze, 35mm diameter. The backers who will choose to add 4 or more coins will receive them in a beautiful old-times leather pouch, handcrafted by me, free of charge!
Mixing elements from the "Venexiana" artwork, t-shirts come in three colors: White, Grey, Black.
Silk printing technique, available in S, M, L, XL.
Beyond the obvious goal of funding the production of this deck, your support will be a great start in making "Half Moon Playing Cards" brand a reality.
I can only do that with your help.
Risks and challenges
The end of the world will definitely put this project at risk.
But seriously, I've done exhausting research regarding production and shipment, before I launch it,
I also had the help of people who are in the playing cards world and their experience and advice is invaluable. The good thing is that production and shipment of playing cards is neither a sealed secret nor nuclear physics, so there are not too many things that can go wrong without having a solution.
However, if anything goes wrong resulting on delay of shipment I'll keep you posted about every action I take to get your rewards to you the soonest possible.
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