78 Artists Collaborate From Around the Globe To Create A One-of-a-Kind Tarot Deck - at over 50% funding on Kickstarter in the first 20 hours.
Meeting in a secret Facebook group, the collective works hand-in-hand to develop their cards, adhering to traditional symbolism and meaning while still bringing a fresh fantasy perspective to the tarot community. Each artist is assigned one card to interpret through their art with only one rule; that the art be nautical in theme, a theme chosen by the projects Kickstarter backers.
In 2014 the assembly of artists successfully Kickstarted their first deck, which was an artistic free-for-all where artists were encouraged to interpret traditional tarot cards in their own artistic style. The backers of that Kickstarter project were asked to vote for the theme of the next deck, to be released in 2015 via another Kickstarter campaign. The backers chose a nautical theme for the second deck, and the artists quickly set to work developing the imagery of their cards and forming a special bond as they discussed and admired each others work. The work spans the entire nautical realm, from sea monsters to pirates, mermaids to sea dragons, and every nautical critter in between.
Kayti, an artist herself, along with friend and art director Delphine LÈvesque Demers, have carefully selected each of the 80 artists involved in this tarot project. Many of the artists original to the first deck have stayed on for the second deck, including Meredith Dillman, Carla Morrow, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Tiffany Toland Scott, Larry Elmore, Jessica Douglas, and Natalia Pierandrei. New artists have also joined the project, including Selina Fenech, Amy Brown, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Stanley Morrison, Alexandra V Bach, and Pierre Carles, while hundreds of artists wait in the wings for a chance to join the increasingly prestigious troop of artists.
“We were very careful this time to stick to the traditional meaning”, says artist and creator of the Temperance card, Tiffany Toland-Scott. “Some of the symbolism goes back centuries, so it’s a little bit of a history lesson and an artistic challenge to incorporate these historical symbols or represent them in a new, nautical way.”
Kayti and Delphine launched the 78 Tarot Nautical Kickstarter campaign May 18th to fund the first edition printing of 500-1,000 tarot decks, a relatively small print run for a tarot project that should make the decks a very collectible item. The Kickstarter also features special limited edition perks such as boxed sets and hand-crafted items from the artists. Their first Kickstarter was a wild success, raising over almost $25,000 for the printing of their first deck. It was no doubt helped along by artist participation, including grab bags of prints and other small items donated by many of the artists involved, and videos created by the artists ranging from the serious to the absurd. 78 Tarot Nautical is already shaping up to be another huge artistic bash and is sure to be another special Kickstarter campaign.
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