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NellBy Nell
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NellBy Nell
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£1,351
pledged of £1,000pledged of £1,000 goal
52
backers
22days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, April 10 2019 12:54 AM UTC +00:00.

About

From the pages of a Commonplace Book

This set of 30 cards originates from a commonplace book. That is to say it was formed from a collection of interlinked illustrations, sketches, old photographs, notes and observations gathered and brought together here for divinatory purpose and transformed into a set of small handmade lino prints. It is named ‘commonplace’ after the method of collation and as the pictures you will find on the cards, at first glance, may seem every day or ordinary. 

Test prints for the Commonplace Deck
Test prints for the Commonplace Deck
The cards are inspired by a series of drawings and photographs of found phenomena,  which appear as linocut images throughout the Commonplace Deck
The cards are inspired by a series of drawings and photographs of found phenomena, which appear as linocut images throughout the Commonplace Deck
The Heart of Infinity, 2019. Linocut.
The Heart of Infinity, 2019. Linocut.

About the deck

The deck reflects animals, plants, icons and stories known by the common man and woman and unlike playing cards or the Tarot they do not have a hierarchical structure to them depicting royalty, the clergy and nobility. All the cards are equal to each other and bare no numbers or text. Packs will come signed and boxed with instructions and simple interpretations, which will include information on a few ways to read a spread and make your own divinatory readings. 

The Crow, 2019. Test print for Commonplace Deck
The Crow, 2019. Test print for Commonplace Deck
The Chalice, 2019. (Original Pen & Ink design for Commonplace Card.)
The Chalice, 2019. (Original Pen & Ink design for Commonplace Card.)

What are oracle cards?

As a long term Tarot user, I did not know much about oracle cards until a few years ago when I came across some Fatima Oracle Cards in a small tucked-away shop in the Isle of Wight. These cards were made at the beginning of the last century in Portugal, by an anonymous illustrator who decided to create them in honour of a personal devotion to the Virgin Mary. Over time, I have consulted oracle cards when I need a quick and clear answer, and where the traditional Tarot often weaves a comprehensive multi-layered narrative for interpretation - an oracle deck often provides a useful short, sharp shot of much needed energy and focus to a perpetual procrastinator like me. 

Linocut testing of the first Commonplace cards
Linocut testing of the first Commonplace cards
Prototype 'test deck' showing the Hagstone Card. (Please note this is only a test set with scrap paper. The final deck will be finished to a high standard on easily shuffleable cards.)
Prototype 'test deck' showing the Hagstone Card. (Please note this is only a test set with scrap paper. The final deck will be finished to a high standard on easily shuffleable cards.)

What will the Commonplace Deck be?

Like other oracular collections, the Commonplace Deck is, at first glance, an assortment of seemingly unrelated imagery that holds big energy and hopefully opens doors to new patterns of thought, comfort and inspiration.  There are only 50 editions of this deck being produced and they can be pledged for on Kickstarter in various different ways - either with accompanying prints and a project bookmark, or just on their own.

Experiments with pattern for the reverse side of the deck
Experiments with pattern for the reverse side of the deck

Please note, further pictures of the back print pattern of the deck and the project bookmarks will be posted here soon.

Three prototype cards featuring the Owl, Crow and Wren. Each card will be approximately 4.5cm (w) x 6.5cm (h)
Three prototype cards featuring the Owl, Crow and Wren. Each card will be approximately 4.5cm (w) x 6.5cm (h)
The deck will also appear on a set of limited edition A3 poster prints, available framed or unframed. (This edition is available with a deck of cards or just by itself.)
The deck will also appear on a set of limited edition A3 poster prints, available framed or unframed. (This edition is available with a deck of cards or just by itself.)

Although they show a personal interest in folklore, magic and the natural world they are designed to be deliberately recognisable and intuitive to interpret. Commonplace can also mean a memorandum - something to be frequently consulted or referred to, which is intended to be the case in this instance.


Future Projects

The Hermit, 2019. Linocut on paper. Image for a future Tarot project.
The Hermit, 2019. Linocut on paper. Image for a future Tarot project.

If this Kickstarter is successful it will provide funds for future projects such as a full Tarot Deck and a small publication on rune lore. 


Many thanks, 

Nell


Scribe, 2019. Linocut.
Scribe, 2019. Linocut.

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The timetable for the project will be to print the decks mid April with an aim to get them to backers by the beginning of May.

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