The Visions Project is a comprehensive detailed collection comprised of a full 78 card tarot deck and a series of 23 prints.
The Prisma Visions Collection and the Light Visions Tarot Deck will be available through www.jamesreadsmerch.com after December 2013.
The Visions Project is a two part project. The first part is the Light Visions Tarot Deck, a set of 78 cards I began creating over a year ago. The tarot deck is a unique and whimsical play on the classic tarot deck and features hand-drawn highly detailed cards. Despite the small frame of the cards, each was executed on such a large scale that the cards have developed into individual works of art.
The second part of the project is The Prisma Visions Collection, based on the first 23 cards of the tarot deck. Each print of the Prisma Visions Collection is in full color and printed on archival quality paper, signed and numbered in a limited edition.
Funding for this project would provide a means to print the full 78 card Light Visions tarot deck and The Prisma Visions Collection. It will also help to produce uniquely beautiful packaging for the collections, and offer the limited edition deck (hand signed and numbered) at an affordable cost without impacting the quality of production.
The Light Visions: Major Arcana
The Light Visions Major Arcana has already been completed and is currently available for sale at www.jamesreadsmerch.com. The first edition of the Major Arcana decks are sold in hand stamped high quality muslin bags and are signed and numbered in an edition of 100. The level of detail and originality in the Light Visions tarot deck is unparalleled and is unlike any other tarot deck. It is not intended for mass production or resale, making the Light Visions Major Arcana a wonderful and rare collectible.
The second part of the deck, the minor arcana, is well underway and is estimated for completion in November of 2013. The Minor Arcana is extremely special in that each "suit" (wands, pentacles, swords and cups) has been created as a continuous narrative. When the 14 cards are lined up together the images form a beautiful panorama. As a backer for this project, you will receive a PDF of all four beautiful panoramas of the suits of the minor arcana: wands, chalices, swords and pentacles.
The Light Visions: Full 78 Card Deck
As mentioned above, the Light Visions tarot deck is going to be produced in a limited edition. Each deck will come in a beautiful custom box (pictures to come as soon as possible!) and will be hand signed and numbered. Because of their quality and production as a limited edition, the decks will be rare and valuable collectibles. The reason for the high cost of $65 for the deck is not to raise my profits on the deck. That money is going directly into producing beautifully crafted high quality decks that will last a lifetime. My hope is that because of the rare quality of the Light Visions Tarot, owners will find a very personal connection to the cards.
The Prisma Visions Collection
The Prisma Visions Collection is a set of 23 high quality full color 8" x 10" prints. Each print is a detailed painting that expands the borders of the original "black & white" pieces of the Light Visions tarot. The full color prints introduce new depth and form an intricate story. When completed, the 23 print collection will be offered in a custom embossed archival box, and will also be available as individual prints. Each print is hand signed and numbered. Funding for the project would also contribute to the production of The Prisma Visions Collection. Overall, funding would provide a means to produce artwork that is exquisite in both craftmanship and quality.
The Prisma Postcards
The Prisma Visions Collection of 23 illustrations is also available as miniature 4" x 5" postcards for $25. The postcards will be double sided with a standard postcard back and will be packaged in a plastic sleeve. Unlike the art prints, the postcards will not be hand signed and numbered.
The Tarot Tessellations
The Light Visions Tarot Deck has also inspired a series of nine one of a kind collages made from repurposed tarot cards. Each collage is 12" x 12" original piece in a beautiful wooden frame. The collages feature every card of the Light Visions Major Arcana and are arranged in mesmerizing patterns. The collages are available for pledging at the $500 level and up.
I know the rewards breakdown column on the right looks confusing! But it's actually pretty simple. The two different aspects of the project are represented in multiple tiers.
A pledge of $20 - a single print from the Prisma Visions Collection (pick any one that you would like!)
A pledge of $25 - a set of postcards of all 23 Prisma Prints
A pledge of $65 - The Light Visions Tarot Deck
A pledge of $350 - The entire 23 print Prisma Visions Collection in a custom box.
The rest of the pledges are there to offer you combinations - you can choose to pledge for a reward of both tarot cards and prints together.
All pledges over $5 will also receive: a round sticker of "The Hanged Man" print, a PDF of the four minor arcana panoramas and an invitation to the project newsletter.
The two parts of the Visions Project are relatively extensive and as a backer you will have the opportunity to own The Prisma Visions Collection, The Light Visions Tarot deck and even a one of a kind Tarot Tessellation collage.
The Visions Project is a large and ambitious, and with your help we can make it happen.
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Project Stretch Goals
$18,000 Stretch Goal- PASSED!
"The Emperor" & "The Lovers" stickers will now also come with all pledges over $10!
$20,000 Stretch Goal - PASSED
Pledges for the Light Visions Tarot Decks will come with an accordion print of one of the four Light Visions Minor Arcana panoramas, chosen at random. These prints will be folded booklet-style and will fit neatly into your Tarot Box.*
Prisma Visions Posters, an image of all 23 prints together, will come with all pledges that include two or more Prisma Visions Prints*
*Both the Prisma Visions Poster and the Light Visions Panoramas will be signed, but not numbered or of archival quality.
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I currently work as a freelance illustrator, which means I have to balance my time between personal projects and client based projects. This is the most extensive project I have taken on, and with the successful funding of this project I plan to devote the majority of my time to the production of the Light Visions Tarot Deck and Prisma Visions Collection, allowing The Visions Project to reach it's fullest potential in both it's quality and craftsmanship. The funding will provide a means for printing the cards in beautiful high quality and in turn not increase the cost of the deck.
Several people have been asking why the deck is so expensive compared to normal tarot decks. And well, that's the thing. This isn't a normal deck you will find in a store, my intention is for the Light Visions Deck to be a collectible. The Light Visions Tarot is an editioned deck and each deck will be numbered accordingly. Developing a personal connection to a tarot deck is something that many tarot enthusiasts seek, but sometimes find it difficult because many of the decks out there are mass produced - anyone could have one. My hope is the Light Visions tarot will offer a special connection because of it's rarity, value and unique qualities.