Updated: May 17, 2020
Meet Stephanie Burrows - creator of the absolutely adorable and whimsical Oak, Ash & Thorn deck.
This deck has now been fully funded and is in production!!!
You can pre-order your deck here:
Where in the world do you call home?
Even though I grew up in the States, I consider my home to be in the UK now. Home is my wonderful, supportive husband, my two adorable, unruly dogs, my close- knit circle of friends and my house (that I no longer consider to be just a house, but the house we’ve fixed up and made into a home).
What was your first experience with Tarot, and when did you fall in love with it?
I grew up with my mother reading Tarot cards. I was always a bit interested in them, but it wasn’t until years later (when I was helping my mother organise her house a bit), that I stumbled across an Edward Gorey deck that she planned on using for a Halloween craft project. I was so intrigued by the cards that I bought my first deck (the Crystal Unicorn Tarot), and to this day, it’s still one my favourites (C’mon...unicorns? You can’t get much cuter than that). From there, my interest kept growing, and I dived right into learning as much as I could.
What made you want to create this deck? What was your inspiration?
I wanted cards that I could call my own. Living in the West Yorkshire countryside really inspired me to create this Tarot deck. Walking through the woods near my home is something magical (like something out of a Disney film). I’m still trying to convince my husband that a cottage in the forest is where we need to be.
Aside from your own deck, do you have a favourite deck? If so, which one?
I love decks that have a whimsical theme, so I would say ‘The Crystal Unicorn Tarot’ by Pamela Chen is my absolute favourite. It was the first deck I purchased for myself, and it always makes me smile. It’s my go-to deck.
On the other hand, I also love, love, LOVE the Oculi Occultati Tarot by Radomił Bogusławski (published by Scarlet Imprint). It’s just a GORGEOUS deck. The Queen of Swords (well, this particular Queen of Swords) is my all-time favourite queen. The deck as a whole is, simply put, enchanting. There’s no guidebook and no text on the cards, but it makes no difference for me. It’s lovely!
Do you have a favourite card (either from your deck or just a card in general)? If so, why is it your favourite?
Oh my goodness, that’s a difficult one because all of the cards in Oak, Ash & Thorn are so special. I would have to say the Eight of Swords. It’s a beautiful card. Since I always tend to be in my head and doubt myself, she is such a reflection of me.
What have been your challenges in creating this deck?