Spanish National pattern re-printed from original woodblocks which are preserved in the monastery at Valdemosa, Mallorca, c.1960
Woodblock and stencil playing cards, produced by Reynolds & Sons c.1830-1850.
Cards produced in Rouen during the sixteenth century. It was cards like these which were imported to England and are the ancestors of the modern 'Anglo-American' pattern.
Hand-made replica 17th century English playing cards, based on museum originals.
The quality of playing card designs often deteriorates with time…
Around 1987 I decided to make a pack of playing cards from woodblocks and coloured with stencils. I imagined I was carrying out my 'apprenticeship'.