The Uncoloured deck is available in a limited edition of 250 copies. Card dimensions are 57.5mm x 89mm - small poker size. Cards are printed on 300gsm art paper with a low shine finish. The deck comes packaged in a hardboard box with removable lid. The deck includes two alternative Man and Woman cards and an additional Joker / Wildcard. Also included is a 56 page printed instruction booklet explaining the background to Lenormand, card meanings, and sample spreads.
This is the fifth Lenormand deckI have designed. The two preceding it had both taken a very long time to complete and finesse, so I was looking to follow them with a comparatively simple project.
I've always love antique cards, in particular the very oldest European decks. Although there are many wonderful modern decks in many different styles, I still find the rough, primitive quality of the earliest Tarots de Marseille especially appealing.
I therefore began to entertain the thought of creating a Lenormand deck in an antique style reminiscent of these decks.
I did, of course, also enjoy the element of mischief involved in the idea of creating a Lenormand deck in a style several hundred years older than the actual deck itself. I've always been a fan of imagined and alternative history, so the temptation to create a deck based in the conceit of its being as old as Tarot was hard to resist.
What I had hoped would be simple developed into something more complicated. I imagined that creating this deck would be relatively easy, but in fact its execution ended up being extremely difficult. After a quick start, I soon found myself stuck within various dead ends.
I'd originally planned to make a deck which followed the style of the Tarot de Marseille closely, but despite many attempts to emulate it I gradually discovered that its style is unique and, in fact, quite inimitable - it follows neither a recognisable mediaeval nor Renaissance style, existing instead in something of a territory of its own. This may perhaps, of course, be why the deck continues to exercise such continual fascination.
I certainly have an even stronger appreciation of its genius than I had before attempting this project.
I therefore realised that I needed t modify my initial plan of creating a pastiche 'Lenormand de Marseille', and instead to push back the imagined date of the deck slightly further - into a more mediaeval style. This inevitably had some consequences for individual images, some of which now have a rather more ecclesiastical flavour than I'd at first intended. As a concession to my original plan, I've retained a colour palette which roughly corresponds to the Tarot de Marseille.
I experimented with many different textures and finishes before finalising the designs which now make up the deck.