I said I would do a regular Q&A and the last one was about a month ago, so time for another.

‘When will the deck be finished?’

The Jook wet plate collodion deck is going to take a long time. It really is a labour of love, and also quite expensive to produce the individual images. It is definitely going to be a full 78 card deck. Realistically, I don’t think I can create more than one card a week, so at that rate it will take more than a year to finish it. So probably looking at late 2019.

For the Theda Bara deck, this is a side project that I want to complete by the end of this month. This will be finalising the cards, choosing a printer and selecting card stock and packaging. I hope then to get it onto kickstarter or indiegogo or some other crowdfunding to raise the money to get a print run done. So, I’m going to set a target for everything to be ready for print by the end of August, crowdfunding in September. Then if enough money raised, printing in October, so decks ready for sending in November.

‘How much will the deck cost?’

At this stage I really don’t know. It will depend on the printer selected and the printing cost per deck plus taxes and shipping. I am not doing this to make money; I really just want to get my art out. So I wan’t to keep the purchase cost reasonable, but at the same time don’t want to compromise on quality. Small print runs work out quite expensive per deck, and this will be a major factor in determining the price.

‘We can help with marketing/social media/influencing blah blah blah’

No thank you.

What is your favourite tarot deck?

Now this is a tough question. Like what is your favourite film/song, there can never be just one answer. It depends on the mood and reason. So I am going to choose more than one:

1JJ Swiss will always have a special place in my heart as it was the first deck I got as a present from my close friend, Michael, back in 1984/85 when I was about 18. It was this deck that started my interest in the tarot, despite confusing me as it was in French and had Jupiter and Junon instead of the Pope (Hierophant) and Papess (High Priestess). I try to avoid using it now, as it is showing signs of age and a bit dog-eared.

Visconti Sforza. This is simultaneously one of the most beautiful and historically significant tarot decks around. It really is a wonderful piece of art from literally the golden age of tarot.

Rider Waite. I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but without this deck I probably would not be creating my own right now. And for a less than confident reader, it is the go to deck for readings.

Mucha Tarot. I just love the art of Alphonse Mucha and the art nouveau movement. I remember as a teenager, a friend’s parents had Much advertising posters on their walls, and being attracted to the images. So I love this deck and the clever way the makers have updated and changed Mucha’s images to fit the RWS style.

I could probably name many more decks, but will leave it as these four as a good overall representation of my favourites.

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