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Last updated April 10, 2018

Kaleidadope Tarot : A Dope Deck

Bringing tarot into the 21st century with a mix of color, culture & representation. Inspired by the universe, synchronicity & purpose.

Kaleidadope Tarot : A Dope Deck

Bringing tarot into the 21st century with a mix of color, culture & representation. Inspired by the universe, synchronicity & purpose.

$2,626
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
37
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, April 10 2018 2:07 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 10, 2018

About

Have you ever felt like the universe was guiding you along a path and you weren't quite sure where it would lead you? That describes the inspiration behind the creation of this tarot deck along with an enormous amount of synchronicity and connecting with what I believe to be my purpose.

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart” ~Rumi

My name is Krystal Banner and I created Kaleidadope (which is a play on the etymology of kaleidoscope Kaleidadope = beautiful, dope shapes) in January of 2017 with a noble goal of increasing interest in art by providing art products and greeting cards with relatable themes and a focus on representation.  As the business began to blossom, I realized that others resonated with my work/mission and there was actually a space for my creations. 

"What you seek is seeking you" ~Rumi

While weathering the storms of life, I discovered tarot...or maybe tarot discovered me. With my curiosity piqued, I came across an article - better yet a whole hashtag - touching on the lack of diversity in tarot's imagery. Imagery is a powerful thing and the lack of diverse representation (1) Casts divination, specifically tarot, as an exclusionary practice (2) Paints angels, archangels, major/minor arcana figures, etc. as monoracial (3) Subconsciously disconnects with those who do not fit this image. 

In addition to this, the classic visuals of tarot are super dated. For a color-obsessed, contemporary artist like myself, monotone images and symbolism of yesteryear (goblets, chariots, old boats, outfits, etc.) in today's world leave A LOT to be desired. 

I want to change this. Through my art, I hope to connect with anyone thrown off by the antiquated visuals and/or the lack of diversity currently seen in tarot. This aligned so closely with my motivations for starting Kaleidadope as a business, creating a tarot deck seemed like a natural progression. Although it made sense, I avoided creating this deck like the plague due to the amount of work involved. Tarot decks traditionally contain 78 cards. That's 78 originally drawn art pieces. Who has time for that??

Synchronicities
Synchronicities

Well...the universe decided I DID. After experiencing a pull I cannot explain and an extreme amount of synchronicity, I started working on Kaleidadope Tarot in October of 2017. The process of creating this deck has been like therapy for me and I believe what I'm creating has the potential to be therapy for others. Inspiration came to me like I've never experienced before as I found myself in hibernation mode during the holidays drawing three to four pieces a day, all day, for several days. Divination is a tool to connect with one's higher self/the universe and what you define as your spirituality. My goal is to educate & change the negative perception of tarot and pique the interest of those new and experienced with relatable imagery, depth, increased representation and colorful aesthetics.

"The spiritual sh*t really work" ~Jay Z

"Write it down on real paper with a real pencil. And watch sh*t get real."  -Erykah Badu
"Write it down on real paper with a real pencil. And watch sh*t get real." -Erykah Badu

Kaleidadope Tarot: A Dope Deck will be a 78-card colorful originally illustrated tarot deck complete with a guidebook and hardcover two-part box. The cards will measure approximately 2.75" x 4.75" on 300gsm card stock. 

"Color is a power which directly influences the soul" ~Wassily Kandinsky

My artistic style is colorful, tangible & aesthetically interesting, but has just as much depth as it does color. Each card has unique, detailed, yet easy to grasp symbolism to appeal to both the tarot novice and those experienced who tend to draw off intuition, symbolism and deeper meanings (Check out my Instagram page for some card breakdown examples) All card illustrations are complete, with some ongoing touch ups here and there and the guidebook is set to be finished by the end of the Kickstarter. 

10 of the 22 Major Arcana
10 of the 22 Major Arcana
Sample Cards
Sample Cards
Minor Arcana Preview
Minor Arcana Preview
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Cards inspired by the art of Kehinde Wiley & Jean-Michel Basquiat
Cards inspired by the art of Kehinde Wiley & Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Not surprisingly, the majority of costs associated with this Kickstarter are production and shipping costs. Fees and taxes are also considered as well as miscellaneous costs for unforeseen expenses. 

Approximate breakdown of costs
Approximate breakdown of costs

 Every tier includes backer-only updates

Thank you so much for your support! If you resonate with my work, my noble goal or anything about this project, my ask is that you spread the word! Even if you're not in a position to financially support the project, sharing this on social media is just as valuable. Sending everyone tons of love and light. 

"Find your purpose or you wasting air" ~Nipsey Hussle

In closing, I hope to motivate and encourage whomever is reading this to connect with your true self and what makes you happy. Whether it's using Kaleidadope Tarot to tap into divination or identifying a noble goal that lights you up and connects you to your purpose, you should feel like '[your] life is dope and [you] do dope sh*t'.

:)

Follow me along this journey:

http://www.instagram.com/kaleidadopetarot

http://www.facebook.com/kaleidadopetarot

Check out my websites & reviews:

http://www.kaleidadope.com/campaigns

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Kaleidadope

If you'd like to stay in tune with the future plans for this deck post-Kickstarter, feel free to sign up for updates HERE

Risks and challenges

1. Insufficient Funding - The biggest risk of this project is not meeting the goal. Since this Kickstarter is an all or nothing, if the goal is not met, all funds will be returned to those who pledged and I will pursue other avenues to make Kaleidadope Tarot a reality.

2. Printing/Shipping - There can be unforeseen delays when it comes to large scale overseas printing. The goal is to minimize these as much as possible. By the time the Kickstarter ends the deck and guidebook will be completely finished and ready to send it off to print once the funds clear. I've estimated early 4th quarter for shipping at the latest. Any issues/delays will be communicated with backers if they arise. I've been operating Kaleidadope as a business for over a year now, so with this experience I anticipate very little risk with shipping products to pledges.

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    POSITIVE ENERGY

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    DIGITAL THANK YOU CARD + IG FOLLOW

    Don't need a deck, but you rock with the vision? We got you.

    • An original Kaleidadope digital thank you card sent your way.

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    (SILVER) THE KALEIDADOPE TAROT DECK

    • The Kaleidadope Tarot Deck includes 78 originally illustrated major and minor arcana cards, a guidebook and a hard cover two-part box.

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    (GOLD) KALEIDADOPE TWIN SET

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    • Two (2) Kaleidadope Tarot Decks. Cop one for yourself and a friend or keep one for now & one for later.

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    (PLATINUM) KALEIDADOPE TRIFECTA + MERCH

    • Three (3) Kaleidadope Tarot Decks. Some prefer threesomes. *Kanye shrug*

    • Surprise Kaleidadope merchandise. Dopeness guaranteed.

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    (RHODIUM) ART BOOK + CHAT W/ ARTIST

    • Everything in Platinum pledge

    • Hardcover Collectors Edition Kaleidadope Tarot Lookbook - all art from the deck beautifully displayed for a perfect coffee table display.

    • A glimpse into the creative process via Facetime/Skype.
    (Get a look at alternate designs, fun fact illustration details & some background on strange synchronicities and events through the decks creation)

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    (VIBRANIUM) RECOGNITION + MEET & GREET

    • Everything in Rhodium pledge

    • Be immortalized with your name highlighted in the guidebook giving special thanks & recognition.

    • Meet with the artist [Local to Washington, DC area or willing to travel] (Partake in a Q&A session led by you. An opportunity to talk tarot, art, inspiration, the creative process, future projects & Kaleidadope as a business.

    • A copy of the handmade sample deck used as a reference during creation (available in April 2018, months before the deck finishes production)

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- (30 days)