Ace Collectable Cards (Justin) designed a deck of playing cards, The Four Seasons, to celebrate the four seasons. The four suits of it represent a different time of year while the standard fifty two card deck is used to represent each week of the year. This deck will have also four Jokers representing each season and devoted to four chosen backers of this Kickstarter campaign. All elements of this deck are custom. The designer tried to incorporate a lot of classic symbols of appropriate seasons into each suit of it. Courts resulted to be very emotional characters.
The Four Seasons playing cards are planned to be printed by the Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC).
“There is no season such delight can bring,
As summer, autumn, winter, and the spring.”
~ William Browne*, “Variety” (1630)
It isn’t a secret that a classic poker deck of 54 playing cards has a lot of symbolic meanings and senses. Its connection with a modern calendar is one of them. Four suits represent the four seasons. Twelve court cards correspond to the twelve months. Fifty two cards match the same quantity of weeks in a year. Thirteen values correspond to the thirteen lunar cycles in a year. Even more! If you sum up all of the values in the deck, using the Aces as one, the Jacks as eleven, the Queens as twelve and the Kings as thirteen (classic values of appropriate cards), you can get a total of 364. Add one or two Jokers, and you have a year of 365 days or a leap year of 366 days.
That’s why different variations of “seasons” playing cards were, are, and will be popular. But it is always interesting to see a new artistic interpretation of this… coincidence?
- 56 poker size playing cards;
- Custom number cards and court cards;
- Original custom back design;
- Custom Jokers devoted to different people chosen by the designer;
- Custom tuck case;
- Should be printed by the Expert Playing Card Company.
You could pledge here: http://kck.st/1a1blIN
This project was funded on Thursday, May 7 2015.
Now you can try to get them HERE.
“The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost been said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.”
~ Philip Larkin*, “The trees” (1967)
Spring is unexpectedly represented by vivid green Diamonds which, nicely representing pieces of ice due to their shape, are closer to winter than any other pip in a deck. Some innovation from the designer.
Diamonds courts are refined and supercilious. They start each year and clearly understand their importance because of that. The House of Spring Diamonds is vested with the power to stimulate the growth of nature. So, its royals use that power and enjoy it.
Spring cards are granted with a big variety of colours. Green is vivid and rich as leaves of awaken trees after some spring rain. The Diamonds pip is presumably composed with green expanded parts of some plants.
The Four Seasons Playing Cards: Court Cards – Diamonds
The Four Seasons Playing Cards: Number Cards – Diamonds
The Four Seasons Playing Cards: Spring Joker
will be revealed soon
“Come we to the summer, to the summer we will come,
For the woods are full of bluebells and the hedges full of bloom…”
~ John Clare*, “Summer” (1865)
Plants weave Hearts to celebrate kindness of Summer. Hearts courts are pacified and self-confident. Their suntanned bodies bask in the sun. The Queen of Hearts is waiting for the butterfly from the Jack of Diamonds as a symbol of the change of reign.
Like in autumn cards, summer cards have variety of different colours. Green tints are brighter due to lights of summer sun. The Hearts pip imitates some twist of clearly distinguishable plants.
Summer cards are a little bit similar to spring cards in this deck. Personally I think that some little white-yellow flowers among light green plants could add more individuality to them. Also butterflies are more associated with summer than with spring. But the designer’s artistic vision fairly determines the art of this deck.
The Four Seasons Playing Cards: Court Cards – Hearts
The Four Seasons Playing Cards: The King of Hearts
The Four Seasons Playing Cards: Number Cards – Hearts
The Four Seasons Playing Cards: Summer Joker