“My current work evolved from using a pack of cards as a metaphor to explore the randomness of life and the luck of the draw. The luck of the draw and its unfairness is a familiar aspect of everyday life.”
“Luck or randomness plays a key role. You can get a good hand playing cards or in life. How you play the game can involve personal skill and it can be difficult to assess whether the winners or losers at cards or life are due to luck or skill or both.”
“In any game of cards, as in the game of life, the needs of the individual and those of the group are often incompatible and therefore the metaphor of such a game provided and continues to provide me with a suitable vehicle to explore the struggle of human existence.”
Below: “Safe as Houses is a freestanding construction of printed gessoed MDF fashioned to resemble a house of playing cards. The hierarchical nature of the imagery on the cards is minimised in this instance, as each card is equally important if the structure is to stand.”
"The physicality of this playful construction and its placement in an art gallery separates it from the notion of a child's game and invites the viewer to question the existence of such a metaphor. I wanted to create some visual device that would be readily accessible and would communicate elements of experience that are common to all.”
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 Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
“Gilbert & Sullivan” hand-made Savoy Operas pack designed and created by Rex Pitts.
Some alternative approaches to producing small, hand-made editions of playing cards
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Cards from the delightful Enchanted Journey playing-cards by Karen Curran of Australia.
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My current work evolved from using a pack of cards as a metaphor to explore the randomness of life a...