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. He currently has several projects in hand. Contact Pete for the latest bulletin!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Curator 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 five-suited set of playing cards published by Fleet and Case Games Ltd., Rainham, Kent, UK, c.1980.
52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.
Publicity items for a group of entertainers, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK, 1911.
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
54 different personalities from the city of Inverness published by the Highland Hospice.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme covers from 1956 to 2016 published by Winning Moves UK Ltd.
Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
Celebrating the work of Andreas Vesalius in the quincentenary year of his birth.
Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.
Great Britains’s Olympic gold medallists from 1964 to 2004 published by the British Olympic Association.
Celebration of the work of David Kindersley, stone letter-carver and typeface designer. Published by the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop, Cambridge, UK, 2015.
Pack celebrating the rugby world champions of 2003. Produced by MMcardz.
“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.
Hall & Son
Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
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Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.
Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927.
The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.
Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games MFG Co., Ltd, London S.E.11
Crazy People children’s card game illustrated by caricaturist and graphic artist Walter Trier, c.1950.
Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.
Anonymous Snap game, 1930s.
Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Hats-Off! miniature card game published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
The ‘Rinker’ highly amusing snap game, c.1910.
Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.
Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970.
French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s