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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, ink, laminating plastic
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This version of the Airy Wands Tarot is a hand-made deck of 78 fully illustrated, approximately poker-size cards (measuring 2.3x3.5 inches, or 6x8.8 cm), from prints of original artwork by me, Sushila Burgess. These are sturdy, durable cards made from sketch paper coated in heavy-duty laminating plastic. IN STOCK, ships in 1-3 business days.

For nearly four years I have been painting variations on the theme of a Four Elements Tarot, first starting with a version where Wands corresponded to Fire and Swords to Air: the Fiery Wands Tarot. Then I painted an "airy" suit of Wands and a "fiery" suit of Swords.

The "Fiery Wands" and "Airy Wands" variations share the same Major Arcana and the same suits of Cups and Pentacles. Most of the cards are loosely based on the Rider-Waite deck, with the exception of the second and fifth cards: the High Priestess is called "Juno", though she does share some of the qualities of the High Priestess; the Hierophant is replaced by "Jupiter". This is because, when I was first starting on my Tarot project, I was inspired by the old medieval deck, the Tarot of Besançon. I chose that deck as a model because Besançon is a special place for me - it was the destination of my very first ever journey to a foreign country at the age of 17 - and it seemed as if it was meant to be.

This version of the deck marks a return to making my items completely by hand, at least sometimes. I have been through a phase of having cards professionally printed rather than making them up myself. I felt they still qualified as hand-made, as every detail of every image came straight from my own hand-painted artwork - four years of painting, in fact - evening after evening, weekend after weekend, with a paintbrush in my hand! But as regards assembling the cards, I had got absolutely sick of the fiddliness of trying to print the backs of the cards so that they lined up correctly with the front. It was a nightmare - for a while I just gave up on it.

However, I finally came up with a solution that allowed me to hand-make my cards again. Instead of trying to print the design onto the back of the cards using a printer, I managed to get a retro manual stamp, just like the sort of things that librarians used in the olden days: ker-chunk would go the stamp, and there was the date you had to return your book. However, I've been able to get hold of a customised stamp, and so instead of a date, I can stamp the backs with my own leaf design. I then coloured in the backs with Sharpies, in deep red and lemon yellow. As you can see from the photos of the deck, the backs are not identical: in some, the leaf design is sharp and crisp, and in others, the colours have blurred together like a sunset sky. However, there are so many of each style, I don't think it is possible to tell which card is which.

The cards are presented in a hand-made paper box, with the Major Arcana and each suit of the Minor Arcana individually wrapped in a band decorated with suns and moons.
This version of the Airy Wands Tarot is a hand-made deck of 78 fully illustrated, approximately poker-size cards (measuring 2.3x3.5 inches, or 6x8.8 cm), from prints of original artwork by me, Sushila Burgess. These are sturdy, durable cards made from sketch paper coated in heavy-duty laminating plastic. IN STOCK, ships in 1-3 business days.

For nearly four years I have been painting variations on the theme of a Four Elements Tarot, first starting with a version where Wands corresponded to Fire and Swords to Air: the Fiery Wands Tarot. Then I painted an "airy" suit of Wands and a "fiery" suit of Swords.

The "Fiery Wands" and "Airy Wands" variations share the same Major Arcana and the same suits of Cups and Pentacles. Most of the cards are loosely based on the Rider-Waite deck, with the exception of the second and fifth cards: the High Priestess is called "Juno", though she does share some of the qualities of the High Priestess; the Hierophant is replaced by "Jupiter". This is because, when I was first starting on my Tarot project, I was inspired by the old medieval deck, the Tarot of Besançon. I chose that deck as a model because Besançon is a special place for me - it was the destination of my very first ever journey to a foreign country at the age of 17 - and it seemed as if it was meant to be.

This version of the deck marks a return to making my items completely by hand, at least sometimes. I have been through a phase of having cards professionally printed rather than making them up myself. I felt they still qualified as hand-made, as every detail of every image came straight from my own hand-painted artwork - four years of painting, in fact - evening after evening, weekend after weekend, with a paintbrush in my hand! But as regards assembling the cards, I had got absolutely sick of the fiddliness of trying to print the backs of the cards so that they lined up correctly with the front. It was a nightmare - for a while I just gave up on it.

However, I finally came up with a solution that allowed me to hand-make my cards again. Instead of trying to print the design onto the back of the cards using a printer, I managed to get a retro manual stamp, just like the sort of things that librarians used in the olden days: ker-chunk would go the stamp, and there was the date you had to return your book. However, I've been able to get hold of a customised stamp, and so instead of a date, I can stamp the backs with my own leaf design. I then coloured in the backs with Sharpies, in deep red and lemon yellow. As you can see from the photos of the deck, the backs are not identical: in some, the leaf design is sharp and crisp, and in others, the colours have blurred together like a sunset sky. However, there are so many of each style, I don't think it is possible to tell which card is which.

The cards are presented in a hand-made paper box, with the Major Arcana and each suit of the Minor Arcana individually wrapped in a band decorated with suns and moons.

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Sushila Burgess
229 Campbell Road
OXFORD, OX4 3NS
United Kingdom

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