Happy New Year to you! Wow what a year.
For quite a few months now I’ve been working on the Origins. I’ve learned a lot about the history of cards. I’ve learned a lot about the card industry. I’ve been introduced to a passionate community and come to know a lot of amazingly talented people. Artists, Cardists, Magicians, Collectors. And I’m almost ready to share my own small project with people around the world on Kickstarter.
It would be true to say I would never have had this opportunity without a place like Kickstarter. The figures for producing these decks boggle my mind. I’m a dad with three amazing young boys. Like any parent I pinch pennies and watch the power bill. Like any parent I wish I could give them more. I’ve spent more than I should have obtaining images of the historic art so I can see the detail, and share it in my project. To be talking figures in the tens of thousands with the likes of the United States Playing Card Company? Not in my wildest dreams.
And yet, with the amazing support of people, like you, I can almost.. almost.. see the Origins on the press. It’s a gamble after so much time spent on this project. And it’s hard to feel this project is all my own. I’ve taken inspiration from beautiful historic art and inspiration from the people who have offered feedback. I feel very humbled and so very lucky to have such an opportunity. Will the project be funded, I don’t know. Will supporters in the States back a non-US dollar project? In around 2 weeks I’ll soon know. But what a ride. Thank you.
Here’s a nice article by Max at Max Playing Cards.
And the video promo for the decks –
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As a side, the whole project has been documented – and updates continue – on two great forums, from the day I posted my first ideas to Dribbble, a design forum.