Money is pretty tight and most free dollars go toward fixing our 45 year-old house. However, I had been looking at a deck called The Messenger Cards by Sandra Kunz (a fellow Canadian) for about 17 months and finally decided that if I could buy it later toward the end of October, I could afford it as an early Christmas present. I hope to write about it and do some projects inspired by it.
I so rarely buy new decks that it has to be something special, something that speaks to me, and often animal or nature decks are what I opt for. This is like that with an added blend of spirituality that you might expect in an oracle.
After reading about another deck on Chloe’s Inner Whispers blog and hearing that my friend Steve was interested in it, I browsed around online and showed it to my husband. For us, this artwork is very unusual and totally different to what I have. So after thinking about it for a day I placed a pre-order. I’m out of money but by the time this comes in October I will be able to squeak out $17 for a treat.
It reminded me of Stella’s Tarot, perhaps more in colour than style of line and figure, but I liked it, one of those unexpected things.
0 – THE FOOL
I think most of these cards were adapted from pre-existing artwork by Nicoletta Ceccoli, but she is a book illustrator and I love that type of illustration. I have several decks that were created from pre-existing art and I don’t mind that as long as I can work with it. The main problem people may see with this deck is that it only has women depicted, but these are characters rather than realistic people, so it seemed charming to me.
I was interested to read that Nicoletta works in pastel and acrylic for her illustrations but has a degree in cinematic animation and does work with 3-D figures and digital painting in Photoshop as well. Steve noticed the influence of Mark Ryden on her work (which she acknowledges) but the spouse and I both thought of Tim Burton. It also seems that M.C. Escher, one of my favourite artists, was a big influence on her.
Who knows? It’s different and I like different.