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Mesopotamian and Canaanite mythology inspired Tarot deck. hand printed from copperplate etchings.
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300gsm professional quality card stock with a blue core (smooth finish) , & MPC card finish, & customized tuck box
300gsm professional quality card stock with a blue core (smooth finish) , & MPC card finish, & customized tuck box

UNLOCKED!!  Stretch Goal, $6000. All inkjet printed decks will be housed in a  tin box!


 UNLOCKED! Stretch Goal, $5,500. Backers at the 50$ level will also now receive 1 secret print. In addition backers at the 100$ level will receive a total of 4 major arcana cards of their choosing and a total of 2 secret prints. 

 THE SOLAR DECK 

The tarot deck I’m currently working on has evolved from research that I’ve been doing into Mesopotamian and Babylonian imagery over the last several years. Some ofthis work can be seen here (https://www.martinkatzoff.com/printmaking )

I decided to make the “Solar Deck” out of copper plate etchings rather than ink and paper because I thought it would be truly unusual to see how the age-old process of printmaking translated from the way this imagery was inscribed into old tablets thousands of years ago. 

22 card Major Arcana professional quality card stock with a blue core (smooth finish) , & MPC card finish, & customized tuck box
22 card Major Arcana professional quality card stock with a blue core (smooth finish) , & MPC card finish, & customized tuck box

 I really want to bring the energy from Neo-Babylonian and ancient Canaanite history into a tarot deck, and I think the transformation from ancient images and deities in Mesopotamia, which are primarily viewed in museums and textbooks, could be truly unique to experience in a 21st-century context. The Solar deck is named for the Mesopotamian sun god Shamash, a key figure in the Mythology of the region. (The Deck is based of the Rider-Waite  tarot  system although pentacles have been replaced by disks & knights are replaced by demons)

Strength
Strength
Strength
Strength

One reason that copper plate etching is so complex is because of its time-consuming process. I first take a copper plate and put rosin on it. I then scratch into that rosin and etch it into a corrosive salt using nitric acid to enhance tones before spreading layers of ink onto the plate, thoroughly wiping to embellish the highlights of the image. When finally running it through a press the ink becomes embossed on a piece of damp paper. The copper plate can go through several forms of re-burnishing and alterations before the print is complete.

  Unlike your modern inkjet printer, the way that the press interacts with the plate creates a completely unique image, and although every print comes out of the same matrix- no two are exactly alike. 

If you’re interested in this project and want to support me, along with other customized perks the Hand printed etching are made with Rives BFK paper Mouldmade in France, 100% Cotton, neutral pH, internally sized and buffered, Vellum surface and a weight of 300gm. (print sizes are 2.75" x 4.75") 

Ink jet printed card decks will be on 300gsm professional quality card stock with a blue core (smooth finish) , & MPC card finish, & customized tuck box 

The Moon
The Moon

   Creating these etchings requires a lot of materials and time, so your support will help me create A full 78 card deck with Major and Minor Arcana!  Currently, I have the major arcana completed. At the end of the page, you can find stills from previous work which has inspired this project.  Thank you!

Film & Music production By Hannah Sparagana. (www.hannahspara.com)

Death
Death
Judgement
Judgement
The Hermit
The Hermit
Temperance
Temperance
The Fool
The Fool
The Tower
The Tower
The Lovers
The Lovers
The High Priestess
The High Priestess
The Hierophant
The Hierophant
The Devil
The Devil
The Magician
The Magician
The Star
The Star
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
The Empress
The Empress
The Emperor
The Emperor
The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man
The Moon
The Moon
The Sun
The Sun
The World
The World
The Chariot
The Chariot
Justice
Justice
The Tower
The Tower
16"32" signed & hand printed etching, "Solar Disk"
16"32" signed & hand printed etching, "Solar Disk"

Risks and challenges

This Kickstarter is intended to support the completion of the Minor Arcana for the Solar Deck not to have it printed on a mass scale outside of fulfilling ink jet printed rewards. Although that would be a further goal.
Backers at the 150$ and above will receive a complete 22 card hand printed Major arcana deck (2.75" x 4.75"). these will be Artist print collections and will be pressed and wrapped with archival Glassine and housed in a custom designed envelope.
Once the deck is completed I am in touch with a Writer who is going to work with the full 78 cards to write a companion booklet and hopefully, it can be published. If it is not published by a third party and I end up having it printed from a company I will send supporters at the $150 level the full 78 card deck.
Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Solar Companion

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    Solar Major

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    3 Original Prints of major arcana of your choosing
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    Full 22 card Major Arcana deck ( hand printed) !

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    Solar Explorer

    Full 22 card Major Arcana deck ( hand printed) !

    5 secret Minor Arcana bonus cards

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    Solar Contender

    Full 22 card Major Arcana deck ( hand-printed) !

    5 secret Minor Arcana bonus cards

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    hand printed “solar disk” deck symbol postcard &

    1 quartz crystal hand dug by the artist in Hudson Valley
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    16"X32" signed print from a COPPER PLATE ETCHING OF SOLAR DISK(2018), one of previous works that inspired the Solar Deck.
    This etching is printed from a single plate on BFK paper Mouldmade in France, 100% Cotton, neutral pH,300gm. with Gamblin etching ink.

    Image of print at the bottom of this page!

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