Sleeperhold is a publication platform established with the intention of producing 10 outputs spanning different realms of the arts, after which it will cease. According to their website the 10 outputs to date are: (1) a photobook; (2) a poster set; (3) a pack of cards; (4) short stories; (5) ten vinyl records; (6) a ring.
This pack is the third on their list. Thirteen artists were each given four cards while a fourteenth was allocated the jokers. See the box►
The result is a colourful mix of different styles of art and design. The artists were:
Member since July 27, 2022
I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.
Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.
Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court...
French-suited Bavarian Animal Tarot by J B Dubois, Liège, Belgium, late 18th C.
Early 19th century Animal Tarot pack produced by J T Dubois, Liège, Belgium.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
The Linweave Tarot is actually an elaborate set of paper samples from the Pulp, Paper and Board Divi...
Hawaiian playing cards in the style of classic Hawaiian wood carvings, USA, 2015.
Four Corners of the World fantasy playing cards by Daveluy, Bruges, Belgium, 1875-1880.
A Spanish-suited pack as conceived by 48 different artists from the region of Murcia.
Art for Life playing cards illustrated by Francesc Artigau i Seguí for the British Red Cross, 2014. ...
Commedia dell’Carte political transformation cards illustrated by Stef van Stiphout, Belgium, 1977. ...
Original designs depicting leaders and allegories from Russia, France, Great Britain and Belgium.
Collective Arts pack designed by sixty-three collaborating artists, illustrators and designers, Russ...
The Winning Hand playing cards with artwork from multiple artists, United Kingdom, 1993.
‘Aces Playing Cards’ collaborative art deck published by Zeixs, Cologne (2nd edition).
Two souvenir packs with different court cards made by Glénisson for the Isle of Man, c.1880.
Cartoon-style illustrations promoting a Belgian organisation for scouts and guides.
Playing cards for gender equality, created on the 500th anniversary of classic French cards