16 September 2011

Winnipeg Tarot created by Lorri Millan & Shawna Dempsey and illustrated by Bonnie Marin

There are not many decks that came out of Canada, despite it's size there where, to my knowledge, less than 40 decks published these last 40 years, so every one I can find is received with great interest and curiosity.

The project this deck came out of was a part of the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 ARTS FOR ALL initiative. So indeed once more artistic and/or cultural events and tarot join forces, a trend that has been asserting itself these last few years, and through their interaction bring forth something new worth discovering.

As the title suggest the theme of the deck is the city of Winnipeg and its region, and with a city that size and diverse there is a lot to showcase! The style used here is a distorted mix between playful, caricature and semi 50 & 60ies-vintage. The characters histories and mythologies depicted are a mix of pure local elements and global, multicultural influences (how many decks do you know depicting among others a Gay Pride and a wholesale event?).

If you’re wondering yes the do have a site (and yes the deck is still available it seems – but for how long more as it was created for an event last year…)  

78 cards
Renamed suits: Blizzards, Floods, Drought and Lightning