Kate McDermott creates wonderful contemporary tarots from vintage and modern magazine, antique books and a variety of paper glued to cardboard.

How many times ,in our life, have we come across tarot cards and been fascinated by their images? 

The origin of this pack of cards is very obscure. Some authorities seek to put it back as far as the ancient  Egyptian Mysteries; others try to bring it forward as late as the fifteenth or even the sixteenth century. 

Tarots are a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts like as Italy, France and  Austria. In the late 18th century, some tarot decks began to be used for divination via tarot card reading  and cartomancy leading to custom decks developed for such occult purposes. 

The 78-card tarot deck used by esotericists has two distinct parts: 

The Major Arcana (greater secrets), or trump cards, consists of 22 cards . 

The Minor Arcana (lesser secrets) consists of 56 cards, divided into four suits of 14 cards each.

Kate McDermott is a marketing director and mixed media artist from central Pennsylvania. 

In March of 2020,due to Covid-19 pandemic, she stared to revisit activities that brought her joy over the  years and collages was one of this. 

“Utilizing 100% pre-owned/recycled materials, including dozens of vintage and  modern lifestyle magazines, antique book paper and more, I catapulted my  natural storytelling ability into a visual representation of my aesthetic and  nuanced perspective as a creative professional.”

Each card is hand-designed by Kate McDermott and each card was thoughtfully made over 100 vintage and  modern magazines, antique books pages, and a variety of paper glued to cardboard. The set also includes  an intuitive and thoughtful companion guidebook. 

The series was designed with constant gratitude for the ability to turn whatever challenge we’re given into  something magical. the methods and process include meditation, mindfulness and tenacity, which are no  less imperative to architecting something beautiful. 

“This inspiration led me to create a Major Arcana art series. Too, while most decks  focus on traditional male and female archetypes and gender roles, this collection  is more inclusive, focused on a non-binary perspective of the twenty-two cards. Before I started this deck, amidst the pandemic, I experienced how closely my  renewed love for creating collage art followed the principals of my everyday  spiritual practice “

It’s in the process of turning into a physical Major Arcana deck this winter and a full 78 card set in the  spring.


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