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78 beautifully illustrated cards representing 78 history-making women.
78 beautifully illustrated cards representing 78 history-making women.
78 beautifully illustrated cards representing 78 history-making women.
653 backers pledged $35,191 to help bring this project to life.

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Example concept rendering of Our Tarot Keepsake Kit - part of the reward level The Empress!
Example concept rendering of Our Tarot Keepsake Kit - part of the reward level The Empress!

 As featured in The Huffington Post, "Feminist Tarot Deck Honors The Magic Of History’s Bona Fide Goddesses"

Rendering of card designs for The Hermit/Emily Dickinson, The Chariot/Harriet Tubman, and The Fool/Joan of Arc
Rendering of card designs for The Hermit/Emily Dickinson, The Chariot/Harriet Tubman, and The Fool/Joan of Arc


 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. 

"I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on." --Josephine Baker, American-born French dancer, entertainer, spy in the WWII French Resistance movement
"I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on." --Josephine Baker, American-born French dancer, entertainer, spy in the WWII French Resistance movement

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. 

(rendering of Ace of Wands) "Very often you are in the right place, at the right time, but you don't know it." --Maria Tall Chief, American prima ballerina
(rendering of Ace of Wands) "Very often you are in the right place, at the right time, but you don't know it." --Maria Tall Chief, American prima ballerina

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. 

"I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other." --Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist, humanitarian and armed scout & spy for the United States Army
"I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other." --Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist, humanitarian and armed scout & spy for the United States Army

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.

“We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others." --Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century German Benedictine mystic and philosopher
“We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others." --Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century German Benedictine mystic and philosopher

WHO are you? WHY are you doing this?

It's me! Okay, sometimes I wear a seashell crown while my dog watches, but who doesn't?
It's me! Okay, sometimes I wear a seashell crown while my dog watches, but who doesn't?

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. 

"Act, and God will act." --Joan of Arc, heroine of France and saint
"Act, and God will act." --Joan of Arc, heroine of France and saint

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. 

"This train don't carry no liars, this train/This train don't carry no liars/no hypocrites and no high flyers" --Sister Rosetta Tharpe, American rock n' roll musician, from the lyrics of her smash hit "This Train"
"This train don't carry no liars, this train/This train don't carry no liars/no hypocrites and no high flyers" --Sister Rosetta Tharpe, American rock n' roll musician, from the lyrics of her smash hit "This Train"

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.

(Rendering of 9 of Pentacles) "She believed in me when all others disbelieved." --The Prophet Muhammad about his wife, Khadija, a successful businesswoman and first Muslim
(Rendering of 9 of Pentacles) "She believed in me when all others disbelieved." --The Prophet Muhammad about his wife, Khadija, a successful businesswoman and first Muslim

 

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! 

"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." --Emily Dickinson, American poet
"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." --Emily Dickinson, American poet

 

Abigail Williams, one of the primary initial accusers in the Salem Witch Trials in 1690s colonial Massachusetts, and victim of patriarchal cultural values
Abigail Williams, one of the primary initial accusers in the Salem Witch Trials in 1690s colonial Massachusetts, and victim of patriarchal cultural values

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.

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    Limted offer! Signed Our Tarot card

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