her TED talk, and several other Youtube videos about her - a fascinating person! Clearly, the people who got involved in the Amanda Palmer Tarot (1900 INK, 2013), thought the same.
While the artwork is incredibly varied, overall the deck works really well, helped by the unifying power of the organiser, Madeline Matz, who did a beautiful job on the card backs and packaging. Those who got involved in the project clearly put plenty of thought and talent into their participation, and the deck is richly diverse, yet always intriguing, much like Amanda Palmer herself.
For example, the Lovers (by Corina St. Martin) shows us Amanda and what I presume is her husband, leaning close
together and surrounded by glittering stars. I love how blissfully
calm and connected they look. They have clearly made their choice, and
are happy with it.
In terms of Court cards, the Princess of Wands was one that caught my
eye, and I was delighted when it came up for this overview. Created by Lani Irving, who you can also find on Facebook,
it intersperses Amanda's face with old newspaper, bits of thread sewn
through the paper, and what I think is a picture of a needle. There is
an interesting 3D effect to this image, textured and yet fragmented. While the card is very eye-catching, it
seems more like the Princess of Swords - cutting and brittle - than of
Wands. I guess, though, the Princess of Wands can be a bit disperse,
pulled in different directions by whatever interesting project catches
her eye in the moment :)
The Ace of Wands, by Mary Walsh, is
another great card, though picked at random. Amanda Palmer seems to be
quite literally singing her heart out. Here we have all the passion and
drive that characterise this card.
Though the artwork is quite
different, I also like the Nine of Cups, by Lisa Tagliaferri. While
quite traditional in most ways, we have Amanda Palmer as the figure on
the card, holding a cocktail glass and a microphone that echoes the shape of the eight glowing cups behind her, and with her name in lights behind that. Perhaps suggesting that emotion can light
up your life and bring you satisfaction if you are willing to grasp and hold onto it.
I had a discussion with
Prince Lenormand recently about things we look for in a deck, and what
our pet peeves are. Overall, I'm not a fan of decks which aren't
consistent in their artwork. However, perhaps strangely, I prefer decks
like this, where each card is different, yet where there is a strong
unifying theme, to decks where the Majors and Minors are different from
one another. While I doubt this deck will become a favourite reading
deck, it is readable, and a very nice collectible.
P.S. Tomorrow there will be an extra post as part of the Tarot Blog Hop...