Peter Wood on the cards
PETER WOOD is co-founder of ‘On The Cards’ and a UK based artist. Peter has been designing playing cards since 1994 when his 'Teddy Bear Transformation' deck was published by Andrew Jones Art. Since then he has self published several Limited Editions: 'The Pack of Pearls' and 'Hiddenmickeys' (both including a small number that were hand coloured) and more recently co-published '2000PIPS', a full colour transformation deck limited to 1000 packs.
Since then Pete has also produced 'Jest Jokers' - a limited edition of 30 packs - as well as 'Little Ted’s All New Adventure Playing Cards' co-produced with Simon Wintle.
Peter likes hidden detail and the concept of transforming pips & pictures to create interesting cards, he also completed many hand made one-off decks for collectors and has a number of new projects completed and waiting in the wings, which are still under wraps! He also intends to do a really nice Wildlife deck.
Peter wanted to set up 'On The Cards' to provide a resource to other designers. (See notes on producing small editions). He also feels that the collective knowledge and skills of like minded artists/designers and manufacturers will continue the fascinating history of the Playing Card.
Pete loves the creative process, and his playing card designs reflect his intuitive and fertile mind, finding inspiration everywhere. At the same time, he expresses an unconventional and eclectic approach to playing card design.
PETER WOOD’S PLAYING CARDS engage all the senses, with their rich brilliant colours and jewel-like brightness, producing a kaleidoscope of repeating patterns and rhythms.
We are shown his love of the natural world, particularly the insects, flowers and garden objects, fruits and animals, all with almost scientific observation of their minute and characteristic details. At the same time, there are endless surprises, from funny faces to Hidden Mickeys and Teddy Bears, which come alive in the world of Pete’s imagination and are featured on the cards with a sense of drama and psychological humour which is a rare gift.
Member since February 01, 1996
Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A miniature set of Goodall domino cards (5.9 x 3.5 cms) still in perfect condition.
“1952-2002 commemorative deck” customised with doodles by an uncredited artist, UK, 2011.
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Modern designs by Italian artist Marcello Morandini using the simplest of forms and colours.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
“Playing Politics ’10: With no expenses spared” featuring caricatures by Oliver Preston, published b...
Playing Politics ’92: Pack of lies with caricatures by Grant Robertson, UK.
Facsimile of Winstanley’s Geographical cards produced by Harold & Virginia Wayland, 1967.
Great inventions playing cards designed by Gary Wyatt, United Kingdom, 2011.
Festive courts on a Waddingtons pack designed to celebrate Christmas 1980.
‘Gone to Pot’: special playing cards for keen gardeners, United Kingdom.
Roy Huteson Stewart's The Tarot Strikes Back combines Star Wars with Rider-Waite tarot imagery.
“Don’t come back” playing cards produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offend...
Randy Butterfield's House of Tudor playing cards feature detailed art in a high-quality collectible ...
Katie Abey’s rainbow-coloured designs using crazy animals to convey motivating phrases.
On-line offsite data backup publicity playing cards produced by The Bunker, United Kingdom, c. 2004....
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
Commemorative Olympic Playing Cards produced by Waddingtons exclusively for Stanley Gibbons Antiquar...
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
“Around the world in 54 cards” hand-coloured transformation pack produced by Peter Wood, United King...
Jessel’s Bibliography of works in English on Playing Cards and Gaming describes “The first book on P...