You’ve been patient about this, you asked quietly about the details without wanting to be too loud, and finally I can share…
“The Strange Tarot”, which is how we nicknamed this set of Major Arcana, is finally alive and real. It is a set of 22 cards, 70 x 120 mm in size, and each card represents both a character/place/idea from the “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” AND an actual Major card from the traditional set of Tarot de Marseille. Trust me when I tell you I am truly proud of this project: with all the sleepless nights and painful painting experience, this is one of the most interesting things I’ve ever created. At the moment I’m working on designing canvas bags for the first limited edition packs I’ve managed to arrange a few weeks ago, and now I can finally say that one is a success, for they are just like I imagined them.
The first edition consists of 21 copies: 20 for the people who ordered them the day I announced the printing, and one for Bertie Carvel just because the name and the first card of the set were inspired by his performance. There are already a few people who own their copies of this pack (including Mr Carvel), but don’t own a bag for storing the cards, so if you need one, just remind me of sending you one (this also includes Mr Carvel, because I cannot actually imagine keeping those slippery bastards in anything but a bag, sir).
As soon as everything’s finished, I’m sending them out (it is safe to assume I’m starting that on 31st of August, so you people don’t even need to be too patient). It normally takes 14-21 days to deliver things from Russia, but I hope for the best.
I’m still giving out the separate cards like digital prints; I can’t give you the whole pack due to the distressing amount of people who try to re-sell the design, but I can email you a file or two of the cards you particularly like — the only way you can pay me back for this is doing charity, and I like to think it’s just the right thing to do.
Now, about the pricing and further editions… It takes a printing office 10-15 days to fulfill a request on printing a non-standard pack, and it’s rather pricey. For me, 35+ EUR is a considerable sum, especially when multiplied by 21, so right now I’m trying to reanimate my budget. In short: I’m not arranging another printing for at least a month or two. When I do (which depends solely on figuring out the number of people who want to get one), they are going to cost at least 35 EUR for each pack. Anyway, I’m still going to keep you updated on this.
Aaand just to conclude this all…
THANK YOU, people.
This project started because of my sheer determination and the desire to make something I never tried to. It means a world to me that such a great amount of people share their kind words and support with me — and, in fact, you keep sharing. That’s the best kind of response any artist can dream of, and nothing of what I do would have been real without that)) Go on, share this magic with others. Support the artists. We artists are a grateful lot ;3