Hi! I’m Liz Huston, a full time, self-taught, visual artist; born, raised and currently based in Los Angeles.
Perhaps you've visited me at my studio shoppe inside The Last Bookstore on the mezzanine, part of the Spring Arts Collective in DTLA.
Perhaps you're a long-time collector, familiar with my artwork. Or maybe this is our first introduction...
However you arrived to this place, welcome! It is an honor to introduce you to my newest Kickstarter project;
The Dreamkeepers Tarot
The idea to make a Tarot deck came to me over a decade ago, and has been a guiding dream in my artistic life ever since.
I have a strong relationship with the Tarot, having been reading the cards for myself, friends and clients for 25 years. I am enamored with its symbology, the archetypes, the narratives, and of course, the powerful insights.
On September 30, 2008, I began photographing the first pieces for what would become my deck. As life would have it, not even a year after I began, everything was turned upside-down. I was faced with a choice- the path of a freelance artist or let the art go and get a secure job.
I took a risk and continued to make art full time. I worked on the deck, but not always consciously, for even though I stayed on the art path, the deck was a dream that took a backseat to making a living as an artist. I expanded the venues where I was exhibiting and selling works and managed to support my family with it.
It was good I stayed with the Art Life, as it was a vehicle for me to understand, integrate, and visually express my transformations during a time of great personal loss and change. Mining my life at every turn for inspiration; the hopes, the dreams, the heartbreak, the tears, the breakthroughs - it all went into the art.
Parallel to that, I continued to evolve my spiritual path, studying all manner of esoteric teachings. I traveled the world to sit in the presence of great spiritual teachers and healers, to learn and to be healed. That too informed my art.
Along the way, not only was I growing and healing, but my art itself was changing. I took more chances; experimented by printing on surfaces other than photographic - such as handmade paper, sheets of aluminum, transparencies, and of course canvas. I began to combine acrylic, oil and watercolor paints with my digital photomontages, and the work became more complex and meaningful.
As a self taught artist, I learned from everything in my environment, and I believe it was the Tarot itself that taught me how to make art. The cards taught me the most important lessons about colors, symbology, and visual storytelling. It is not a stretch to say that the artwork I make today is a direct result of the influence of the Tarot.
Last year, it hit me that I had never really stopped making the deck... I was still telling their story with every new piece of work. It was a revelation that stopped me in my tracks and caused me to reevaluate the trajectory (I thought) I was on. I re-committed myself and dove in fully to complete my dream project - absolutely dedicated to the fruition of The Dreamkeepers Tarot.
Longtime supporters will recognize some familiar works of mine in the deck. These works have had new life breathed into them, reimagined to incorporate the suits of the decks and important symbolic elements. There are also new, never before seen pieces in the deck as well. It's not been easy to keep a lid on all these new works - and I can't wait to share them all with you.
Over this past year, I enlisted the help and advice of friends familiar with the Tarot to keep me on track - and for advice. Long, winding conversations ensued, and the insights those conversations provided fueled some of my most insightful Tarot works. One of these dear friends of mine is nicknamed The Archivist, as she kept a record of all the revisions I made (no easy feat).
I joined forces with a co-author, Erik Kostiuk, to assist in writing the Dreamkeepers Tarot Guidebook. He has been a valuable contributor to the interpretations of the cards, bringing a fresh perspective and wealth of knowledge to the project.
The Dreamkeepers Tarot is my second Kickstarter. The first was a photography book of New Orleans cemetery photography entitled, "The Motionless Dream", and was successfully funded in 2010.
I’ve come to Kickstarter to make this dream a tangible reality - to print the decks, the companion guidebooks, and to have an art show in downtown LA with all 78 works of art displayed. As fate would have it, I will install the art for the show 10 years and one day from when the project first began.
The opening reception is the evening of October 6, 2018 at the Spring Arts Collective Gallery in Downtown LA (please join us!)
The artwork on these cards came from a very personal journey. In the end, it is not about me. The healing that occurred, the assistance from the archetypes are universal, and accessible to all through these cards.
I believe the cards themselves are The Dreamkeepers, for they never left me, they held fast to the dream for this deck. Looking back I see how they themselves guided me through every meaningful moment, through the most tumultuous, painful, exciting and profound decade of my life - and I know in my heart they will do the same for all who read with them.
Kickstarter Limited Edition Tarot Deck Specifications
78 Full Color Tarot Sized Cards + Title Card
Each card measures 2.75” x 4.75”
Printed on 310gsm card stock with black core
Comes packaged in a full color Dreamkeepers Tarot tuck box
Includes a 4 sided quick guide with simple key phrases for the cards
Title card will be signed and numbered by the artist
Dreamkeepers Tarot Companion Guidebook Details
Softcover, Measures 6" x 9"
100 full-color illustrated pages
Includes in-depth interpretations of all the cards & sample spreads
Printed and bound in the US
If we reach our goal, there will be a second, separate printing of the decks and the book for the retail edition. The retail edition will differ from the Kickstarter Edition; printed on lesser quality card stock (300gsm professional quality card stock with blue core), in a tuck box. The retail version of the book will likely be printed in black and white (unless we meet a stretch goal, stay tuned..) Both will be available to purchase in stores and on the website in time for the holidays, mid-November 2018.
Stay tuned for stretch goals as the project evolves!
Thank you so much for supporting my project.
Blessings and gratitude, Liz
***Please note: The designs shown in this Kickstarter campaign are a faithful representation of what the deck will look like (or what it currently looks like in this draft phase). As the artist is still finalizing the artwork, please note that the images provided here are subject change. Thank you so much for your understanding!***
Luxurious Black Satin Bag to keep your Dreamkeepers Tarot deck in!
This is my personal preference for storing decks, a thick & luxurious black satin bag, closed by a silken pull cord. Measures approximately 5” x 8”
For all pledges $50 and above, which means one bag per deck pledged. So if you pledged for two, you get two bags!
Cardstock Paper upgrade!
At this level I am looking to upgrade the printing of all the Kickstarter backed decks from the 310gsm to a 350gsm card stock with a black core, and smooth finish.
Dreamkeepers Tarot art magnet!
One of the 22 Major Arcana Cards as a magnet. The magnet you receive will be chosen at random, however, you may specify which card you’d prefer as a magnet in the exit survey and I’ll do my best to make sure you get that one. Photographic print with magnetic backing and rounded corners measures 3” x 4.5” This is for one magnet per pledge, beginning at $25 levels.
Wrapped in a beautiful ribbon, sealed with a hand-poured wax seal (applies to all levels with physical packaging, beginning at $25)
All Kickstarter backed books are upgraded from softcover to hardcover. This applies to all levels that include a physical copy of the book. Retail edition of the book will be soft cover only.
Borderless Deck Printing option!
This borderless option is in response to the many emails I have received inquiring about it, wanting to see the art larger (which as the artist, makes me very happy, even if it means a complete redesign of the cards...) If this goal is met, at the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign, all backers will be able to specify if they would like the standard option or the borderless option. Borderless cards are only going to be available to Kickstarter backers, and only if it is specified on the exit survey. The bordered decks you see in the promotional materials are the final design, and are the default style that will be shipped. The borderless special edition will not be made available for retail purchase, it is a Kickstarter exclusive.
Again, due to overwhelming demand, I have included the option for add ons to any pledge.
They are as follows:
Additional Tarot Decks $45 ea
Additional Companion Books $25 ea
Additional Posters $20 ea
How to add items to your existing pledge amount:
(as recommended by Kickstarter)
1. Click on “Manage Your Pledge” at the top right of the page
2. You’ll be prompted to change your pledge amount. Add the amount of items you would like to get to your current pledge. Enter that new amount in the pledge field.
3. You will then be prompted to confirm the amount of the change to your overall pledge. Hit confirm.
4. Once you confirm, you will asked to confirm once again at the Kickstarter payment gateway. You will then be redirected to Kickstarter.
5. You can message me with what the additional funds are earmarked for, or you can wait until the conclusion of the campaign and add it to the exit survey that goes out to all the backers. Or both. :)
Thank you so much for your continued support and enthusiasm! ~Liz
Risks and challenges
This is my second Kickstarter, and I am applying all I learned the first time around to this campaign. I am fully confident to have accounted for any potential delay and allowed proper time to address them. It is a tight schedule, but I am comfortable with and confident in it. Barring any unforeseen difficulties, our current street date for the deck is November 13, 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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