I'm new here... told about the forum by Robert, whom I've communicated with briefly regarding my soon-to-be-embarked-upon tarot deck.
I'll introduce myself briefly here, as it seems a good a place as any:
I'm an artist with a particular interest in folklore and story, in historic games and popular folk magic, and altogether, otherness in all its guises. You can see more of my work at the links below.
I am about to embark on painting a tarot deck, and am in the enjoyable stages of researching the imagery and antiquity of it all.
I'm not an expert or a longtime initiate into the world of tarot at all, but I am particularly interested in sequential systems in art and folklore.. like counting rhymes, zodiacs and alphabets. So I'm delving in with fresh eyes and an excitement for this project which is bound to take me years (I am a slow and detailed painter). I had a Marseilles deck as a kid, and invented a game with those cards, before knowing anything about their history. Now I am returning to the imagery, quite horrified by the sea of ugly decks that are available these days, and determined to make something with beauty, integrity and skill, that will feel ancient from the start.
ANYWAY.... I have a particular love for Slavic folk art and story.. and wondered if anyone here could point me to some beautiful examples of Russian or East European tarot decks? I have more questions.. but shall endeavour to take them to the correct rooms
Good wishes to you all from Dartmoor...
...here are a couple of examples of my painting to be going on with:
Oils on Wood
Rima Staines 2011
Rima Staines 2012
Come Away O Human Child From A World More Full of Weeping Than You Can Understand
Oil painted wooden clock
Rima Staines 2009