Welcome May, and a happy May Day to you! Did you dance the sun up?
Yesterday, on the very last day of April 2018, I mailed out the last of the decks of the Tarot of the North Atlantic. There were three domestic envelopes, and a solid dozen headed overseas, including two to Thailand (!?!) and some to each of Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and United Kingdom.
I was completely stunned by the response to this campaign. I honestly expected a maximum of twenty people to purchase decks of cards, and I assumed I would know them all. Instead I had more encouragement from more corners of the world than I could possibly have hoped for.
If you missed your chance at the Kickstarter campaign, I have additional sets for sale in my store at BigCartel. Check out Lee Thomson Art on BigCartel, and you should be able to find what you want.
What with family turmoil and illness, and fulfilling orders for cards, I feel like I could easily sleep for the first couple of days of May!
puffin – Tarot of the North Atlantic
This is the end of the Kickstarter for Tarot of the North Atlantic, if you needed a reminder! Sign up quick! (before midnight Eastern Daylight Time).
The Tarot of the North Atlantic is well funded, and the kickstarter for it is closing on Wednesday April 4.
I am honored and delighted that so many people want a copy of the cards I made! My time right now is full of orders, plans and table clearing so that I can be ready to start packing and shipping decks of cards, note cards, postcards and thank you gifts as soon as everything arrives.
Here’s where process gets complicated!
These are fabric pieces I composed using the landscape paintings I did last month as a starting point. Once the image was defined using fabric and thread, I painted over parts of it. Then I went in after the paint dried, and added some more details in thread.
I am going to put these up on my wall, and see how I like them. I think the process is exciting, and I like that I can make use of fabrics I might not otherwise (the pond piece is entirely made of silk! I don’t generally do that!) and I think paint is a good way to make bigger gestures and larger work.
Scale is important when working bigger. With thread, I only have a tiny thin line available to me. I can go over that line until it is heavier, or use heavier thread, but not too much heavier because the sewing machine has limitations. If I need areas, I can use fabric, and that is true at various sizes. It is getting lines and shading that I use thread for, and that I am interested in using paint for.
Remember the tarot cards I was working on? I’m running the world’s smallest Kickstarter to underwrite production costs. If you wanted a deck of the Tarot of the North Atlantic, check it out:
some of the images for cards:
I picked my favorites of the little painted abstracts I made, and interpreted them in fabric. Part of the process was an effort to work larger – the paintings are four inches square, the fabric work is sixteen inches square – and part of it was just to see what kinds of brushwork and paint effects I could emulate using fabric.
I am delighted with these experiments in painting! I learned some interesting things, including my affection for abstracts, both in paint and in fabric. Also I realized that daily small practice serves me better in learning things than one week of exasperated flailing. So if I am going to keep experimenting with paint, I should do this kind of steady poking at it rather than picking it up for a week and then putting it down for the rest of the year.
I was inspired by several of the paintings to attempt to translate them into fabric, both abstracts and landscapes. I will show you those tomorrow.