As featured in The Huffington Post, "Feminist Tarot Deck Honors The Magic Of History’s Bona Fide Goddesses"
WHAT is Our Tarot?
Our Tarot is a new, innovative deck that connects 78 women from the pages of history with the traditional archetypes and meanings associated with each of the 78 Tarot cards. This isn't just a new deck with a different aesthetic. Every single card will feature the likeness and name of a remarkable woman, combined with multimedia illustration that conveys the energy, messages and symbolism she brings to the deck.
The women of Our Tarot are a diverse selection of human beings. I have selected women from as far back as 1300 BCE all the way up to some who are living today. The women of Our Tarot represent many ethnicities, creeds, socioeconomic classes, sexualities, cisgender and transgender identities, ages, and abilities.
I've been researching the biographies and accomplishments of hundreds of women to find the particular stories that will bring Our Tarot to life. One very special aspect of Our Tarot is that, in addition to being useful in gaining insight and intuitive messages, it can be used as a tool for education and inspiration. Just pull a card, and open up the guidebook to learn all about that particular woman! I've learned so much from my research for this project, and I hope I can some of share my newly-found knowledge with all of you.
Each card is uniquely designed and illustrated using drawing, painting, mixed-media collage, and digital collage. I make my artistic decisions based on the traditional connotations of each card and my knowledge of each woman's accomplishments, personality, culture, and biography. In addition to the card's design, I will be writing an extensive guidebook that will include information about the women of Our Tarot and the meanings behind each card.
WHO are you? WHY are you doing this?
Hi, I'm Sarah Shipman. I have a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art, and a Master of Fine Art in Painting. Yes, I really like making art, and I have the official pieces of paper to prove it! Currently, I'm getting a second graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Helping people know themselves better and live healthier, more meaningful lives is my ultimate passion as an artist, future mental health counselor, and a citizen of Earth.
In addition to that, I really love history, and I love learning about the people in it. I love learning how the lives of history-making, history-changing people intertwine with our timeline. I love learning how these people were different from me, and in what ways we're similar.
And of course, I love Tarot cards! Big surprise, huh? I've been collecting decks for a while now, and I'm fascinated by the intersection of art, spirituality, and psychology that exists within the Tarot.
I'm also an ardent feminist. Our Tarot reflects my values as a person who seeks to empower and promote the rights of women and any and all other groups who have suffered from systemic, societal oppression. I realize that in creating Our Tarot, and in being so transparent about my personal values, I'm risking alienating a great number of people who may disagree with the project's mission. That's okay; I wish you all love, light, and meaningful experiences!
However, I hope that in being forthright about my values and mission, you will understand the importance of Our Tarot. Socially, culturally and politically--these times are unpredictable. I want to put Our Tarot in our hands. I want you to feel the power of each card. Each woman's story. I want this for us. Our time, our experiences--Our Tarot.
HOW are you going to pull this off?
My funding goal is $18,000, which is what is needed to print 500 decks and softcover guidebook (which I estimate will be 90-100 pages). Any deck and guidebook set that is not reserved for a backer will be for sale on Our-Tarot.com, and via retailers who are aligned with Our Tarot's values.
The funding goal includes the costs associated with the time, energy, and materials that I will need in order to make Our Tarot the innovative and beautiful deck that it's meant to be.
Also included in the goal are funds for making rewards, such as 6"x8" color prints, handmade Our Tarot bags, and Our Tarot-themed journals!
Given the extensive amount of research and art-making this project calls for, I am confident that I can complete the designs for all 78 cards and finish writing the guidebook in time to have all 500 sets printed and ready to ship to your door by September 2017. Just in time for Halloween and the winter holidays!
What are the rewards?
Each and every backer will receive exclusive Our Tarot updates! These updates will include previews of card artwork and designs, information about my research, photos and videos of Our Tarot's creation process, and more.
Rewards at more generous levels of contribution include a high-res, 1920x1080ppi digital wallpaper featuring artwork from all 22 Major Arcana cards (think of these ladies as the All-Stars!), a 6"x8" high-quality print of a card design, a personal 10-card reading done by me using a completed Our Tarot deck, and of course, the deck and guidebook set itself! Plus more.
Risks and challenges
As with any creative endeavor, there can always be events or circumstances that alter the timeline or momentum of a project. As someone who has created and managed several artistic projects, I feel confident in my abilities to deal with any unforeseen circumstances and deliver all Our Tarot rewards to you by September 2017.
I will be in regular communication with all my backers regarding the progress of Our Tarot from the campaign's end date all the way until the decks are printed and shipped. However, in the unlikely event that changes to the project's timeline occur, all backers will know about it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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