Today on the blog, we've got a visitor from outer space! Animator and artist Laura Douglass comes to us from another dimension via Savannah, GA, to talk about her forthcoming tarot deck, Tarot in Space. You can support the creation of this geeky awesome deck by sharing and backing Laura's Indiegogo campain. Now, from the interstellar traveller herself!
UPDATE: I'm so happy to say that Laura's crowdfunding campaign was a success, and Tarot in Space is now out in the world. Happily, it's also in stock here at Two Sides Tarot! You can pick up your copy in the shop.
Hi Laura! Tell us a bit about yourself - as an artist, a tarot reader and creator, a human person, etc.
Hello! I’m a student of animation with an interest in spirituality and teaching. My primary goal is to empower and inspire people, to raise them to their highest vibrational level. I hope to accomplish this through accessible and fun art, animation, and writing. Humor and story telling are my favorite tools to use, people may remember stories well but they remember funny stories even better! I hope to attract people to meditation, deep thought, and raised awareness through characters and stories.
Creating a tarot deck from scratch is no mean undertaking - how did you find yourself inspired to create the Tarot in Space deck? What has the process of making the art and creating the deck been like so far?
My good friend and mentor Dame Darcy created her own Mermaid Tarot Deck in just 3 weeks so I thought, hey, can’t be that hard? Well here I am one year later eating those bitter, bitter words. Darcy is a maniac in the best of ways, because, holy hierophants! I can’t even imagine having done this in 3 weeks. It might have been easier if I didn’t have to take three 3 month long breaks over the year in order to focus on classes at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). As for process, well I basically replaced my blood with caffeine on my off days and chained myself to a table in my favorite local cafe, Foxy Loxy for hours at a time. It’s all kind of a blur.
Looking at the deck itself, what can we expect to see from the Tarot in Space deck?
Alright here we go. This is Rider-Waite-Smith meets Futurama meets the Jetsons meets She-Ra meets Hitchhiker’s Guide meets Steven Universe with a heavy sprinkling of my own brand of stardust. The main difference is that you’ll see recurring characters with names throughout this deck. Characters that you’ll get to know in depth and explore in different ways the more you use the deck. They bring a whole other level of story and meaning to the cards, when you’re connected to the character in the card you feel the emotion of the card and the subtleties more. This is why I’m writing up a pretty extensive booklet that goes along with the deck. So many stories to tell!
What kind of experience do you hope readers might have when working with the Tarot in Space deck? Any pro tips or advice to offer to users of this deck?
This deck wants to show you things, to help you look at your life through a different lens. Every card is eager to speak with you and has something to share. Though there is a good helping of mystery in the deck it really is an open door, simply open up to it and allow tradition to go out the window for a moment and you can explore so many new things! Pro tip (I do this with every new deck I get, honestly) look through the deck and find the card that really hits you hard. That one card that speaks to you. This is going to be your card. Whenever you are representing yourself in a reading find this card, it’s your compass. It’s you and what you have learned and what you will learn. It’s your soul card! And don’t worry, soul cards can always change over time as you change.
How can we help Tarot in Space come to life?
Ah yes, the call to action! Alright, so, as you now know I am a poor college student with two part time jobs and still no money (there’s this weird adult thing called rent and bills and I’m not sure I’m okay with it). Printing and shipping these puppies is going to get expensive. Like, thousands of packs of Ramen expensive. So I’m running the campaign in order to give everyone a chance to get a deck at base cost. No profit, no nothing. I’m literally just covering the cost of the deck and shipping it out to everyone who pre-orders! Any left over money (from people who donate but don’t get a full deck) will be spent on a small stock of decks that I will sell after the campaign ends for $42 (the answer to life, the universe, and everything). I never drew this to make money, I just really want everyone to enjoy it. I would give it away if I could afford to haha! Maybe someday I will :)
If you can’t buy a deck please do share the campaign with everyone you can. The more people who see it the more I can afford to purchase! I would so appreciate Facebook shares, twitter, Tumblr, whatever you can do to get the word out would mean a world of good for the deck <3
Good news! Tarot is Space made it into print and is now available right here at Two Sides Tarot. Grab your copy here.