A Little about The African Art Tarot

I am a member of APA Tarot, an amatuer press association magazine written entirely by it's membership. About a year ago, we decided to do our own deck. Each member was assigned one card. I was assigned The Hermit. As a person who can't draw decent stick people, I decided to take a different approach. I made a doll and photographed it, cut it out of the photograph and pasted it on a colored background. It wasn't great art, but I fulfilled my commitment to make a card. Around the same time, Samvado Gunnar, creator of The Experimental Tarot was on CompuServe looking for beta testers for his World of Tarot CD. He had made his deck entirely on computer using Corel Draw. It occured to me that I could create a deck using clip art and a drawing program as well. I started looking for suitable clip art, but couldn't find anything that didn't look like clip art. I finally came across the book African Designs from Tradtional Sources, by Geoffrey Williams. It had almost 400 illustrations which were linocut prints of museum pieces. Best of all, the work was copyright free. The art could be used by any and all for no fee. A couple of months ago, the 10th Anniversary issue of APA arrived with our APA decks. The style of the African Art cards with the name of the card running down the side, vice on top or bottom is loosely based on one of the cards in the APA deck. The cards are done using Microsoft Publisher. They have no deeper esoteric or spiritual meaning, they are just something I am playing with. They are still evolving as can be seen by the first version. No doubt there will be more versions over time. I still have some cards to complete and plan to write a small explantory text when the deck is done. Maybe in the next couple of years.

This page is Copyright 1995/96 by Michele Jackson


Copyright 1996/97 Michele Jackson