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Producing a Deck of Queens Tarot Deck, accompanied by a book providing descriptions, as well as creating large resin pieces of the work
Producing a Deck of Queens Tarot Deck, accompanied by a book providing descriptions, as well as creating large resin pieces of the work
60 backers pledged $6,313 to help bring this project to life.

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The Deck of Queens

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The Hushed Queen (Self Portrait)
The Hushed Queen (Self Portrait)

WHO I AM:

My name is Stephanie Guttenplan, also known as Pookie. I am an Artist, Women Artist Coach, facilitator as well as many other roles that stem from being in service to people. This project has been one on the back burner, until now, for it seems that I needed to grow as a woman and a creative before putting this project together. Now, the work is flowing through me as if air to breathe. 

PROJECT:  DECK OF QUEENS

The project, called "Deck of Queens", is a collection of portraits that I have taken while being the Photo Editor of Inked Magazine, as well as after the fact with myself and other muses. I have recreated these portraits to reveal what I saw as divine and sacred of these women. Surreal to reveal their super power, tell their story, and be something to relate to. 

The series will be produced to a tarot deck, for readings for guidance and intentionality. This will be paired with a booklet, to provide clarity in meaning. A select few will be printed large (20x24), mounted on wood and finished with resin. There will also be a coffee table book of the portraits as well, including a bit more background information about the project, poems that have been written while this has come to life, as well as the meanings of the cards. 

BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT

This project started while I was working in the editorial world. I found myself having trouble with the perfection of the marketing world... to what sells. I had test shoots, sometimes more than one a day, to photograph women in gear to sell, as well as to get some more lusty style photographs. My desire to connect, bring vulnerability and to provide an experience for these women to be... well, seen. More than their beauty... their bodies... their tattoos... rather to bring vulnerability to the space. It became something that kept me going, on what felt like a broken wheel - to find something within myself, but hearing, seeing and doing the photoshoot slow dance with these women. 

I acknowledge their beauty, their courage, their hearts and their authenticity. The artist in me has become even more clear, of why I create: to reveal the gods and goddesses within us all, that we are perfectly imperfect, and we are at choice to see the World this way too. I create, to show you how beautiful we truly all are. Telling the story, of why we all are simply divine. 

TIMELINE / STEPS

  • May 30th: The illustrations and portraits will be complete. Both the portraits and the cards will be designed. 
  • June 30th: The booklet and coffee table book will be completely designed. 
  • July 30th: Everything has been manufactured. Ready for send out. 
  • August 30th: everything will be shipped out to supporters. 

BUDGET

  • Photo and Graphic Work: 1,000
  • Intuitive work, writing, editing: 1,000
  • Coffee Table Book Design, Assembly, Editing: 1,000
  • Larger Prints Materials + Assembly: 1,500
  • Miscellaneous Fees: 500

Budget is being put in place for skills, artistry, refinement, mentorship, editing, time as well as the materials and assembly of these bigger pieces. In response to supporting this project, you will be gifted with whatever gift you choose, priced at the discounted retail price of these items. 


MY WHY:

As a woman, an artist, as a human, as a healer, as an animal

I'm on the constant search for wholeness

To find the divinity and sacred within everything:

Myself, you, my beloved as well as whoever holds my resentments

For I can see self-consciousness fill up our bones all too often

As our journey of healing seems to become longer everyday 

With an everlasting battle to trust ourselves 

Knowing, we have everything we need within us

As we find how to walk this path with an open heart

My why, is… for you.

The house wives, ex’s, widows and forever single ladies

Those of you who have said “fuck this” to those who say “fuck yes”

For the ladies who don’t feel comfortable in their skin

The ones who’ve had trauma fill their bones 

Sleeping beauties that can’t see how marvelous they truly are

Women who are moving to quickly for other people, to be the super hero they are

Most of all, for the ones who doesn’t think this is for you.

Trust me, beauty:

This one is for you. 

As I carve a piece of myself out for you,

I do it so you can pause

Even for a moment

To witness and acknowledge

The queen within you.

For whatever you do

Wherever you go

Whoever you are

You. Will. Never. Happen. Again.

As I bow to you

I bow to the majestic 

To your gifts and your flaws

To the wholeness of human you are.

Humbly,

Me.

Risks and challenges

Timeline wise, my intention is to complete this on time. I will have challenges, of course - For I have a pretty full life already. How I intend to get over this, is by being able to support myself through this kick starter - paying myself for my own talents, so I can let go of some of the jobs that aren't in alignment with the bigger picture - that are purely there to support me in taking care of myself and my financial commitments.

The production, the book, the deck - I trust that those all can be handled in excellence. Will there be errors - most likely. AND, I know that my resilience and desires for this project to be something I am proud of - that honors these women and the people who will gift themselves a deck or a print.

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    Sneak Peak Access

    You will be seeing my process as I create, upload, tinker as well as share my notes and process.
    Right when you donate, you will be sent a link to see where I am at currently, what the names are, as well as my process as I create this deck.
    I will leave notes, give email updates and send videos and parts of my process as I am creating this set, applying for shows, creating VERY big prints and starting to write descriptions.

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    Tarot Deck

    You will get one of the limited prints of the Tarot Deck, with the description book.
    (Only 50 printed for the year)

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    Coffee Table Book of Queens

    A signed 8x10 Coffee Table book of the collection of Queens, including writings, descriptions, poetry and background information about the Queens, the process as well as the meanings behind the portraits.

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    Tarot Deck + Coffee Table Book

    You will get both the Tarot Deck and the mini description book, as well as the larger Coffee Table book.

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    Resin Print

    Get a 20x24 Resin Print of a Queen: (One of a kind)
    Originally a Glicee Print on Matte Fine Art Paper.
    Then hand coated and cared for: Placed on wood, and coated in resin.
    Signed with Certificate of Authenticity.
    There will be a selection of Queens you can print at this size.

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    The Full Package

    Tarot Deck with accompanied meaning book, a coffee table book and a 20x24 resin print, finished on wood.

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Funding period

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