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Interviews with Deck Creators


Our latest interview is with Cari Corene and Amanda Coronado, the creators of the Loaf Tarot - a cute animal 78 card tarot deck. This project involved 76 artists from across the globe, with two artists having completed two cards each,.to present a cute animal tarot deck, and they are excited for you to have a look at the variety of adorable animals they have depicted

The tarot deck is the main feature of this Kickstarter, and it includes holographic foil on the edge of each card, on the back of each card, and on the box! The Kickstarter also showcases enamel pins to complement the deck.

Amanda is a freelance illustrator and comic artist who loves cute things! Cari answered the questions in the interview.

Kickstarter -Loaf Tarot

Where in the world do you call home?

Hello! C: We two project organizers, Amanda and Cari, live in Maryland, US! We moved here because it is definitely a state full of people who like to go to art events. Before we lived together in Maryland, Amanda lived near Austin TX, and Cari lived near Seattle WA. We met in college in Georgia and later moved in together in Maryland.

What was your first experience with tarot / oracle?

I think as a child I began liking horoscopes in particular because my mother thought they were of the devil (she is very religious.) I personally enjoy a horoscope, or a daily tarot card, as a thoughtful addition to my day. My mind enjoys having many things to chew on at a time. Maybe my first real tarot reading was by a friend who had three decks I could pick from for my reading, and each deck was different spirited. She introduced the feel of each deck, and I selected one that I hoped would give me a more positive read (as opposed to the Cthulu deck which I thought might purposefully predict disaster to any human.)

What would you say is unique about your deck?

This deck was conceived of during the 2020 covid lockdown times, which was additionally a time of personal tragedy because at the beginning of covid, Amanda fell over a fallen tree trunk and broke both of her arms. It was a complete disaster. The world was in a state of full collapse, it was difficult to even get doctor appointments for two broken arms, we couldn’t get family to travel to help us. Amanda could not really do anything, so I (Cari) was doing all the tasks which required hands (that is nearly every task, if you think about it.) Our friend Marielle, who drew the Judgement card in Loaf Tarot, was able to travel to help us for periods of time. But really, 2020 was the worst year I have ever lived, and I spent a lot of time thinking about what I would make if ever I could make anything again. What I wanted was to make something HAPPY, with my friends. Tarot is a brilliant prompt for a group art project! The complex meanings of each card are fantastic for the imagination. So, in early 2021 (shortly after Amanda had her final, third arm surgery) I began drafting the card and box art for Loaf Tarot. I’m sure there are other happy tarot decks, but this tarot deck might be born with a piece of my own soul embedded in it. “If ever I can do anything ever again, I will do it.” I hope this will be a happy deck that moves forward!

What cardstock and finish will be used?

350gsm cardstock Glossy UV coating on the cards Holographic silver foil on the card edges Holographic silver foil on the back of the cards The box shall be a thick cardboard with a magnetic flap cover (assuming we reach the stretch goal to unlock this type of box, which I am hopeful we will!)

How long has it taken you to create this deck?

I’ve personally been working on this project since January 2021! I wanted all the design work for the project to be somewhat complete before approaching my friends and other artists about doing this big collab thing. I’d never used InDesign before, so I had to learn to lay out the companion book and card front design. I’ve also never used After Effects before, and everything on the internet is a video now, so it’s kind of necessary for advertising the project.

Can you explain what a ‘loafly animal’ is?

A round cute animal! I believe the term comes from cats folding their little feets under their bodies, so that they become a no legs round bread loaf with a head.

What card are you most proud of and why?

Maybe the Ten of Swords, Death, The Hanged Man, and the Eight of Swords. We wanted to make this a happy deck of cards, and those cards get drawn pretty morbid sometimes. So, digging deeper into the meanings of the cards was necessary. Death became a migrating Canada Goose, the Ten of Swords became a cat left out in the rain, and the Eight of Swords became a zebra enjoying eating a bush that entrapped it, and The Hanged Man is a bat!

What impact would you like your deck to have on its readers?

The world has really gone through some dark times lately. I’m sure more dark times are ahead. I hope this deck might suss out a piece of happiness you have to look forward to in the midst of pending disasters. Or at the very least, the zebra will eventually eat her way out of the foliage she’s trapped in.

You have 76 artists involved in creating this deck. How hard was this to coordinate and manage?

It was kind of hard. Add to it all of us were/are covid depressed. There were originally 78 artists, but two had to drop. The difficulty with a group project like a tarot deck is that you have to have every card. You can’t drop a card like you could drop a page in an art book. So it just took extra time to fill in the cards that didn’t initially get finished, and wait on people who were running late.

What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

Definitely time! It all takes longer than you’d think … doing all the book layout work, doing all the Kickstarter layout work. We project organizers thought we were going to finish much sooner!

How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

The celebration I would most love is if a bunch of us artists could happen to be at a show together and we could all have the deck for sale at our tables! (Contributors to the deck shall be allowed to buy additional copies of the deck for their shops.) It’s a lot of fun to be in a group project and to have fun signing copies of the thing you helped make! A lot of us who know each other, we became friends vending at comic shows together. If I work fast enough to get the deck printed, maybe this kind of celebration could happen at Anime NYC! I consider this a celebration because for all of us artists who did shows as part of our living, covid really destroyed us. I chose not to make this a charity project because the charity is honestly just paying artists.

What is on offer for people who pledge?

We are offering three main items! They are the printed deck, the printed companion book, and a collection of enamel pins! So far on our Kickstarter, the printed companion book has been upgraded to also have a shiny foil cover! As I write this, we are nearing the nice magnetic box upgrade for the deck! We have also unlocked 14 of the 20 enamel pins. So, the Kickstarter is going pretty well! What I wish for is 1000 people to think the project is neat enough to back. It will take us a while to ship it all, but I would be really happy if that many people liked our project!

Thank you for the chance to talk to you about our deck! It’s very kind of you to run a website that’s willing to help bring attention to Kickstarter projects!

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Kickstarter -Loaf Tarot

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Our latest interview is with Romy Wyser the creator of The Life Soul Vision Oracle Deck - an oracle deck that fuses captivating imagery with the vibrational medicine of sacred messages, symbols, and layers of light, woven lovingly and soulfully into a curated collection of energy guides. Each card has a coded divine purpose to illuminate and strengthen your intuitive experiences whilst delivering deeper awareness and insights into your searching questions and soul work through Romy's channeled messages.

Romy is an Intuitive Guide, Tarot Reader, and Spiritual Mentor. She has been reading for over 15 years and connecting to spirit to deliver wisdom and soul-soothing support to those on their sacred soul journey.

Where in the world do you call home?

Fife, Scotland, UK

What was your first experience with tarot or oracle?

Watching James Bond, Live and Let Die, and seeing Solitaire, haha and just knowing that I would one day work with cards. I must have been 12 or so at the time. My first deck arrived with me in my late teens, and they have been a part of the fabric of my life ever since.

What would you say is unique about your deck?

The deck is designed to move you forward through your life situations. It's reflective, deep, insightful, and healing. My channeled insights from spirit help you connect to new levels in your own intuitive connection. The images offer sacred medicine through their vibrancy.

What cardstock and finish will be used?

350gsm gold gilt edge and luxury gloss finish.

How long has it taken you to create this deck?

I’ve known I wanted to create a deck for a few years, but Helen’s passing gave me extra incentive to bring this creative project to life. It officially began in September 2021 and has knitted together quickly and beautifully with everything just flowing in divine time.

Your deck is dedicated to your spiritual mentor, Helen. Could you tell us a bit more about her and the role she played in your life?

Helen came into my life at one of the lowest points I’ve experienced. She brought oxygen back into my pathway, helping me to heal, and to open more deeply and confidently to my spiritual gifts to support my awakening. Her skills as a tarot reader and her connection to the angelic realm were exceptional. She taught me so much about how to share stories using the cards. To bring kindness, humility, compassion, and integrity to my work. She was my mentor but also my dearest friend and a second mother figure to me. Helen continues to work with me as one of my guides and has had a huge influence on the energy of the deck and the messages it holds.

What card are you most proud of and why?

The Guide and the Gift as this really captures the energy of Helen and holds special meaning to me. It harnesses the magic in the soul journey we take and the blessings we receive from the guides that walk with us in the physical and spiritual realm.

What impact would you like your deck to have on its readers?

To soothe their soul. That whatever they are experiencing in their journey right now, a way through, deeper understanding, connection and answers from the deck will guide them forward.

Could you please explain more about the various energies and spirit influences the reader will get to work with when they use your deck?

The deck harmonises in a deep cosmic conversation as you work with an Elemental Queen to embody your current vibration, a Chakra Energy to awaken and activate new downloads. A Cosmic Influence to acclimate to your environment and a Sacred Spirit Animal to accompany you as you foster enlightened clarity and connection to your guides. Soul Musings captured from my intuitive channeled downloads then act as a Soul Map to help you arrive at profound new discoveries, serving to unlock the wisdom of your higher self and elevate your energy.

What have been your challenges in creating this deck?

Writing the guidebook has been a significant investment of time and energy. I knew I wanted it to be in-depth for the reader. The emotional energy and time required outside my main business have been testing, but also deeply rewarding.

How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

Quietly, the introvert in me will seek nature to balance my energies, connect with Helen to affirm that “we did it” and take time to assimilate the significance of the journey and prepare it to be sent out with the highest love and positive vibrations to meet people soulfully when they connect to it.

What is on offer for people who pledge?

Early Bird Prices are the lowest available ahead of general release for the boxset including the deck and over 150-page accompanying guidebook. A variety of Reward Levels include a behind-the-scenes interview with me on how to work with the deck. Personally signed copies and dedicated spiritual messages from your guides. Digital Downloads including Meditations and Oracle Spreads to use during the phases of the New and Full Moon and Giclee Artwork. And printed postcards featuring my moon musings for your rituals.

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Our latest interview is with Craw Mahal, the creator of The Cats of Arx Tarot Deck - a project that started with Kelly drawing cats doing all kinds of things; scampering, sailing, drinking, playing, sleeping, cuddling, eating. As she drew these very personal felines, requests were made to include little symbols important to them, points of interest, meaningful suggestions of secrets, and hidden things. The more she did it, the more she thought, 'this could mean something.'

The cats soon ran rampant over her desk and her imagination, and the desire to tell more stories and share them only increased over the past year, She found herself drawing them out and including them in her orders.

Where in the world do you call home? I currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and after living all over the world and coming back, it finally feels like home. What was your first experience with tarot / oracle? When I was 17, my father gave me my first tarot deck and taught me how to read it, emphasizing the personal nature of symbols; what a card meant to one person wasn't always what it means to another. I was also taught that the best decks to use are the ones that are given to you, and so while I might have other decks, the one he gave me is the one I use 99% of the time. What would you say is unique about your deck? When I made the Kickstarter, I reached out to previous customers and asked what they'd think about having their cats (that I've previously illustrated) included in a tarot card deck. It's an opportunity for people to be directly involved in the creation of a deck, with recognizable characters they've chosen, and I'll admit I was surprised at the enthusiasm I was met with; it was wonderful! Even people that I hadn't worked for were interested. I know cats have been used in tarot decks before as a theme, but my style has always been considered playfully rich when it comes to my illustration. I used to think my simplistic drawings were too childish to be used in something as meaningful as a tarot deck, but the last few years have taught me that there can be a great deal of symbolism inherent with things like the use of color, expression, and line. I'm trying to convey these stories and meanings behind the cards using those things, illustrated in watercolor, using cats that are personally selected by backers. I think all of that together makes for a unique experience. What cardstock and finish will be used? This largely depends on where the Kickstarter ends and who we go with. We will likely use the traditional stock and finish, but I'll be putting up samples before I finalize. How long has it taken you to create this deck? I will be working all summer to complete this deck, and I'm hoping it will be ready to print before August. Where does the name Cats of Arx come from? There's an online community of collaborative storytellers, who create characters and stories together in a text-based medium. The name comes from them, as it's where the ideas and characters came from, and it's in honor of them that helped me begin this amazing journey. What card are you most proud of and why? The nature of the deck has restricted me from illustrating any of them yet, other than coming up with the layout. The images I sent you are older illustrations that are the same dimensions and exact style I'll be using for the cards. As each piece will be completed, the backers that put in for that reward will see them first, and then everyone else will see them after they're published. What impact would you like your deck to have on its readers? Tarot readings are very often depicted as serious, life-changing, and life-revealing. Life isn't always these things, and I think divination shouldn't always be regarded that way either. The universe has a sense of humor, having cards that channel that through readings, or even just by appearance, might spread some of that joyous perspective and positivity, both things everyone needs. Cats are a very popular theme for tarot cards. Why do you think that is? Cats have been objects of human fascination for thousands of years. I think that interest hasn't changed and will never change. Mercurial and loving, edged with sharp claws but capable of cuddling you on your worst day, playful, sometimes dangerous, as prone to disappearing on you as they are to arrive at your doorstep ready to claim you as their own. They're a mystery, unpredictable; the future is the same. It's fitting to have such a creature dance across your tarot cards, giving you a glimpse of what's to come. What have been your challenges in creating this deck? The biggest challenge was solved by my backers: what kind of cat to use for each card. By using that as a perk, I'm happy to say nearly every card has a breed of cat (and in some cases, even a personality type) assigned to it. While the design and illustration are up to me (and I've many long hours of that ahead), the hardest part is the idea that starts it all. By offering backers to choose a cat and a specific card, they did most of that for me. How will you celebrate when the deck is finally published?

I'm not sure! Hug everyone. Dance around. Maybe plan my next big project! What is on offer for people who pledge?

Initially, I offered a few things.

One perk offered a deck and the option to put a cat of your choice in the deck as a card, and another perk further up the rung let you put in that cat as a specific card. The perk above that was all of those things and the original art of your cat card.

All backers get exclusive previews of every card as they're illustrated.

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