Here’s your chance to be part of a Kickstarter effort to make a lovely set of Jane Austen Playing Cards a reality: I have facebooked this all over the place, but now doing a quick post to alert all that time is almost up and there is only about $1500 to go to reach the final goal by August 16, 2017, 7:15 pm EDT.
If you visit the blog Just Jane 1813, you will find a complete post on the cards with many pictures… then head over to the Kickstarter page and donate whatever you can – there are several options based on what you might like to receive for your contributions: a deck of cards, a t-shirt, a sheet of uncut prints of the cards – lots to choose from – do what you can to help!
Here is the designer Eric Ligon on his project:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man who has designed two card decks in honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, using images that Miss Austen is very likely to have seen, must be in want of a Kickstarter campaign to share them.
I’m Eric Ligon, an avid fan of Miss Austen, and of playing cards — but more as design objects than as playing cards. The cards I’ve designed are rich in period detail. Each suit in the two decks represent one of Miss Austen’s novels. The first deck features Pride and Prejudice: spades; Emma: hearts; Persuasion: clubs; and, Sense and Sensibility: diamonds. The second deck features Northanger Abbey: spades; Mansfield Park: hearts; Sanditon: clubs; and, Lady Susan: diamonds. The images for all the queens and jacks come from fashion plates found in Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts—a publication Miss Austen likely perused. With the exception of Lady Susan and Sanditon, these Ackermann’s images are found within the two years prior to the publication date of each novel. The design of each ace card represents the layout and typographic detail of the first edition title pages for her novels. The decorative line art on the back of the cards and within the ace of spades is based on needlework patterns also found in Ackermann’s.
I am launching the Kickstarter campaign on July 17, 2017 – I hope you’ll share this information with others who may be interested.
Yours very sincerely,
Here is the link to the Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2089500234/jane-austen-playing-cards/description
Hope you can help, and tell all your friends!