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DeviantART: Maori Playing Cards by Nimbus2005

Playing cards designed by the Canadian artist Nimbus2005 (nickname). This is a set of court cards for one suit ispired by Maori culture.

The Maori (Māori) are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages at some time between 1250 and 1300 CE.

[Nimbus2005’s gallery on DeviantART]

© Nimbus2005



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Bēhance: Manek Chowk Playing Cards by Jyoti Mann

These playing cards (project) were designed by the Indian artist Jyoti Mann. © 2012 Jyoti Mann

Manek Chowk is the bustling open square near the center of the Ahmedabad (India). It is a vegetable market in the morning, a bullion market (the second biggest in India) in the noon and the street food market at night. At the same time it is surrounded by ancient buildings. This place is full of contrasts. There are the Raja no Hajiro to the west of it and the Rani no Hajiro to the east of it.

The Raja no Hajiro was the burial ground for male members of the royal family. And the Rani no Hajiro was the burial ground for female members of the royal family.

Jyoti Mann tried to capture the contrast for his playing card design. It was showcased by designing the two extermally opposite sides of the cards. One side (backs) depicts a wedding/festival. Other side (court cards) depicts gravestones of the royals.
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Collective Art Project (CAP) Deck: Design with Purpose Playing Cards

This playing card project was organised by Jacqui Stuart (via Facebook page) as part of the Design with Purpose community. It was created for charity with all the profits going to the non profit organisation called Forest & Bird (New Zealand). Jacqui participated as the manager of this project and as an artist. Different designers, illustrators and artists from many different places around New Zealand and the word took part in this project. All their artworks were incorporated in the deck of playing cards produced in 2012 – Design with Purpose Playing Cards.

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s longest-serving conservation organisation, formed in 1923 (they celebrate 90 years in 2013) in response to widespread extinction of native species and destruction of native forests. Since then their role has grown to include protection of all native flora and fauna on land and in oceans (New Zealand’s territory covers an area of ocean many times greater than their land mass), lakes and rivers of New Zealand. Forest & Bird has played an active role in preserving New Zealand’s environment and native species. They have helped establish protection for a third of their country’s land in parks and reserves, put an end to logging of their native forests and helped bring species such as the kakapo and kokako back from the brink of extinction.

The deck: 52 playing cards with different artworks + 2 different Jokers + 1 insert. Playing cards are printed by GEON (New Zealand) on cardboard and have a smooth finish (the same about the tuck case). The internal space of the tuck case hasn’t enough height so there are some problems with putting cards in the tuck case and pulling them out it. Due to that the isert for this deck isn’t in the tuck case. It is attached to the box in simple but creative way – see the picture.

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