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A bespoke set of Tarot Cards by Nell Latimer, creator of the Commonplace Deck Oracle deck.
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From the pages of a Commonplace Book

This set of 78 tarot cards originates from a period of study and meditation and over 25 years use of Tarot. This spring, with the help of Kickstarter, I created the Commonplace Oracle deck, a collection of interlinked linocut illustrations derived from a lifetime of sketches, old photographs, notes and observations.  

Taking inspiration from the experience and the encouragement of others using the oracle deck, I have been working hard to create my own interpretation of the traditional tarot deck, and am delighted to launch this, my second Kickstarter campaign.

As with the oracle deck, this Tarot collection is named ‘commonplace’ after its method of collation. Using the age old convention of 22 cards in the Major Arcana and 56 suit cards, The Commonplace Tarot will comprise original illustrations from my commonplace book which will then be transformed into an edition of linocut prints and then printed digitally.

Strength. Linocut Print. A Major Arcana card in Nell's Commonplace Tarot Deck
Strength. Linocut Print. A Major Arcana card in Nell's Commonplace Tarot Deck
Each image has its origin in Nell's Commonplace book
Each image has its origin in Nell's Commonplace book
The Hermit. Linocut print design by Nell Latimer.
The Hermit. Linocut print design by Nell Latimer.

About the deck

The Commonplace Tarot deck reflects animals, plants, icons and familiar stories known by the common man and woman; and sometimes unknown mysteries. Taking the somewhat hierarchical structure of the traditional Tarot, which depicts royalty, the clergy and nobility through its suits, this deck merges the familiar strata evident in traditional forms, such as the Rider Waite and Marseilles Decks, with a narrative derived from folklore, personal experience and an appreciation of the natural world. 



The Moon. Original Linocut by Nell Latimer.
The Moon. Original Linocut by Nell Latimer.

Although they show a personal interest in magic and the environment 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.

In order to create a larger edition, the original linocut prints will be made into a bespoke machine made deck on quality 300gsm smooth card stock for easy shuffling and dealing, presented in a bespoke tuck box.

Example of the type of box the deck will be packaged in. Please note, there will be a Commonplace design on the outer packaging too.
Example of the type of box the deck will be packaged in. Please note, there will be a Commonplace design on the outer packaging too.
The Hanged One. Original Linocut design by Nell Latimer
The Hanged One. Original Linocut design by Nell Latimer
Homemade prototype examples of some Major Arcana cards. (Please note these cards are nearly twice the size of the finished deck.)
Homemade prototype examples of some Major Arcana cards. (Please note these cards are nearly twice the size of the finished deck.)

What will the Commonplace Tarot Deck be like?

Like the Commonplace Oracle Deck, the imagery is intended to hold big energy and will hopefully open doors to new patterns of thought, comfort and inspiration. The deck will be sized 70mm x 121mm (2.75"x 4.75") 

Justice. Original Linocut design by Nell Latimer.
Justice. Original Linocut design by Nell Latimer.
The Mill (Wheel of Fortune) Original Linocut design by Nell Latimer.
The Mill (Wheel of Fortune) Original Linocut design by Nell Latimer.

For this Kickstarter, there will be around 500 decks made and they can be pledged for in various different ways -  either with accompanying original prints and a project bookmark, or just on their own. There are also opportunities to pledge for bulk orders of 10 or 20 boxes of the deck, with 10% and 20% discounts respectively.  

New logo design for Commonplace which will be used on the bookmark and packaging
New logo design for Commonplace which will be used on the bookmark and packaging
Commonplace bookmark
Commonplace bookmark

Bonus Commonplace Deck

I'm incredibly pleased to also offer a machine made version of the original Commonplace Oracle deck. Available here either as a dual pack with the Tarot deck, or as part of the deluxe package containing a Commonplace bookmark and print.  Also printed on the same quality card stock, this deck will be sized as closely to the original handmade edition at 44.45mm x 63.5mm, (1.75"x 2.5") and contained, like the Tarot deck, in its own tuck box.

For details of the original Commonplace Deck campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/commonplacedeck

Heartfelt feedback from users of the original Commonplace Oracle Deck
Heartfelt feedback from users of the original Commonplace Oracle Deck
Examples of the original Oracle deck cards
Examples of the original Oracle deck cards
Montage of images from both decks
Montage of images from both decks

Original Artworks

The entire deck will be sourced from original linocut prints, some of which will be available to purchase here as part of the Kickstarter campaign. The Commonplace Slimvolume is a very limited edition of original works, depicting the illustrations made for the 22 Major Arcana Trump cards. Printed on Fabriano Paper or similar 200gsm paperstock and presented in a handmade wallet.


NB: I'm currently making a linocut print poster for pledges and will update this page with a picture soon. It will be approx A4 and printed on good quality paper.

The Sun. Linocut design by Nell Latimer
The Sun. Linocut design by Nell Latimer
From Nell's printshop
From Nell's printshop
Original Woodworls pattern used on the reversed of the Oracle Deck. This will also be used on the reverse of Tarot Deck.
Original Woodworls pattern used on the reversed of the Oracle Deck. This will also be used on the reverse of Tarot Deck.

Risks and challenges

Timescales

Having learned lots about printmaking to order from producing the Commonplace deck, I feel confident that this deck will be available by mid-end October. I aim to run this Kickstarter Campaign throughout the summer to have it ready for shipping in the Autumn. I have nearly completed the illustrations for the Major Arcana and estimate it will take me 2 months to work on the trump cards and produce artwork for the manufacturing process. I have already sourced a good custom card company, from which I have made detailed estimates and made a budget. These costings have informed the amount I arrived at for my target of £5000.

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    Commonplace Bookmark

    Commemorative hand-printed linocut bookmark depicting the logo for the Tarot deck designed by Nell Latimer

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    Commonplace Commemorative Print

    Hand printed Linocut limited edition of 50, commemorating The Commonplace Tarot & Oracle decks.

    Printed on 200gsm, cold pressed paper. (A4, TBC)

    *please note this is an accompanying artwork, not a copy of the actual deck.

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    Commonplace Tarot Deck

    78 custom made Tarot Cards, with original artwork by Nell Latimer. The tarot deck is taken from a series of bespoke lino cut prints in a re-imagining of the traditional Rider-Waite deck.

    The cards measure 70mm x 121mm (2,75" x 4.75") and are contained in a simple white tuck box. The deck is printed on 300gsm smooth card, specially designed for easy shuffling.

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    Commonplace Deluxe Pack

    TAROT + ORACLE + BOOKMARK + POSTER

    78 custom made Tarot Cards, with original artwork by Nell Latimer. The tarot deck is taken from a series of bespoke lino cut prints in a re-imagining of the traditional Rider-Waite deck.

    The cards measure 70mm x 121mm (2,75" x 4.75") and are contained in a simple white tuck box. The deck is printed on 300gsm smooth card, specially designed for easy shuffling.

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    Commemorative hand-printed linocut bookmark.

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    Commonplace Commemorative Print.
    Hand printed Linocut limited edition of 50, commemorating The Commonplace Tarot & Oracle decks. Printed on 200gsm, cold pressed paper. (A4, TBC)

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    A deck of 30 Commonplace Oracle cards. This extra oracular deck is borne from Nell's first Kickstarter campaign and is an exclusive offer to own the second edition, comprising machine made cards in a simple white tuck box. Smaller than the Tarot deck at 44mm X 67mm, they will be made of the same 300gsm smooth card stock.

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    Commonplace Tarot Bulk offer (10% off)

    Pledge a bulk order of 10 Decks for a 10% Discount.

    This order comprises 10 (ten) packs of 78 custom made Tarot Cards, with original artwork by Nell Latimer. The tarot deck is taken from a series of bespoke lino cut prints in a re-imagining of the traditional Rider-Waite deck.

    The cards measure 70mm x 121mm (2,75" x 4.75") and are contained in a simple white tuck box. The deck is printed on 300gsm smooth card, specially designed for easy shuffling.

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    Commonplace Tarot Bulk offer (20% off)

    Pledge a bulk order of 20 Decks for a 20% Discount.

    This order comprises 20 (twenty) packs of 78 custom made Tarot Cards, with original artwork by Nell Latimer. The tarot deck is taken from a series of bespoke lino cut prints in a re-imagining of the traditional Rider-Waite deck.

    The cards measure 70mm x 121mm (2,75" x 4.75") and are contained in a simple white tuck box. The deck is printed on 300gsm smooth card, specially designed for easy shuffling.

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    Commonplace Tarot + Oracle Deck

    78 custom made Tarot Cards, with original artwork by Nell Latimer. The tarot deck is taken from a series of bespoke lino cut prints in a re-imagining of the traditional Rider-Waite deck.

    The cards measure 70mm x 121mm (2,75" x 4.75") and are contained in a simple white tuck box. The deck is printed on 300gsm smooth card, specially designed for easy shuffling.

    PLUS

    A deck of 30 Commonplace Oracle cards. This extra oracular deck is borne from Nell's first Kickstarter campaign and is an exclusive offer to own the second edition, comprising machine made cards in a simple white tuck box. Smaller than the Tarot deck at 44mm X 67mm, they will be made of the same 300gsm smooth card stock. The imagery also derives from original lino cut prints.

    For more details on the original hand-made deck visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/commonplacedeck/the-commonplace-deck/description

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    Commonplace Tarot + Slimvolume

    78 custom made Tarot Cards, with original artwork by Nell Latimer. The tarot deck is taken from a series of bespoke lino cut prints in a re-imagining of the traditional Rider-Waite deck.

    The cards measure 70mm x 121mm (2,75" x 4.75") and are contained in a simple white tuck box. The deck is printed on 300gsm smooth card, specially designed for easy shuffling.

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    22 Hand-printed, (very) limited edition lino cuts of the entire Commonplace Major Arcana. Presented on Printed on 200gsm, cold pressed paper as a slimvolume presentation pack; unbound so pledgers can frame individual prints should they wish to.

    *Please note there are only 5 Slimvolume editions available on Kickstarter alongside the Tarot Deck. The remaining editions will be sold via Nell Latimer's website later in the year at £200 each.

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