Happy Weekend! I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled to have a weekend to enjoy. I hope you are able to enjoy some fun activities this weekend, which I hope includes a little (or a lot) of Jane Austen too!
Today Eric Ligon is here to share his Kickstarter campaign with my readers. I think card lovers and Janeites alike will enjoy this one. Please help me welcome Eric Ligon to Just Jane 1813…
Good day, Claudine, and thank you for the warm welcome at Just Jane 1813. I am thrilled to be here to share a project that’s very near and dear to my heart, which I think your readers will enjoy learning more about from me, the creator of these special Jane Austen treats.
To celebrate Jane Austen on her 200th bicentenary, I have designed a deck of playing cards. How else might one celebrate one of his favorite authors? These beautiful cards and a number of other items are now part of a Jane Austen Playing Cards Kickstarter Campaign.
Designed using fashion plate images and needlework patterns from the early 1800s periodical Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts, these playing cards are rich in authentic period detail. Ackermann’s was a publication that Jane Austen would very likely have known and seen. Each suit represents a different book: Spades–Pride and Prejudice; Hearts–Emma; Clubs–Persuasion; and Diamonds–Sense and Sensibility. The royalty in each suit is represented by that novel’s main characters. The images for all of the female characters in these cards come directly from Ackermann’s.
I selected images of the queens and jacks of each book from the two years preceding the books first edition year. (I like to imagine that Miss Austen saw these fashion images herself and that they inspired her characters. I realize this is a total fiction on my part, but it makes me smile to think of it.) Each ace card bears its book’s title, and the typography is based on the first edition title page of its book. The needlework patterns became the basis for the line art on the back of the cards and on the tuck case.
These cards would be lovely with a beautiful cup of Earl Grey tea, scones and a gathering of friends playing a game of whist or lottery, just as Jane herself might have enjoyed them.
There are also other possible products to back: a Jane Austen t-shirt, a Giclée print of an original fashion print, and an uncut sheet of the cards that would be beautiful as a framed work of art.
The Kickstarter campaign posted on July 17 and closes on August 16, 2017, so time to back this campaign is short. If you have never used Kickstarter, it works like this. A campaign is posted for a given amount of time with a funding goal. Anyone who chooses to back a campaign chooses a reward level and backs the campaign. You will be asked to give your credit card info but it is held until the campaign funds.
If the campaign does not fund, the card is never charged nor is your card information stored—unless you want that to happen. If it does fund, your card will be charged and the playing cards will go into production. I expect that the cards will ship in late October. Perfect for early Christmas shopping!
Aren’t these just stunning? I have just contributed to this campaign and I hope the cards receive enough funding to make them available for purchase. There are some stretch goals too, in case Eric reaches beyond his initial goal, which includes a second deck of cards based on Austen’s other novels. Here’s a sneak peek at this deck too:
I know many of you love viewing images from Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts and now to be able to hold these images in your hands as they have been recreated in the images of Miss Austen’s characters is just a wonderful idea, isn’t it? I also love these images he is selling of archive-quality prints of our favorite Austen characters: Elizabeth Bennet, Emma Woodhouse, Harriet Smith, Anne Elliot, Elizabeth Elliot, Elinor Dashwood, or Marianne Dashwood. I am still trying to decide which one I will select for my home. Can I really stop at just one? (Frame not included.)
I also have a giveaway for my readers that is contingent upon the success of this Kickstarter campaign. Eric Ligon has generously offered two decks of cards for me to giveaway to my readers if this campaign is successful. Please leave a comment on this blog and tell us what you think of this campaign, (I know Eric would love to hear from my readers!) no later than midnight, ET on August 16th and the winner will be announced on this blog on August 17, 2017. I will select two winners for this giveaway and each winner will receive one deck of cards.
I wish Eric Ligon great success with this campaign. I can’t wait to have my own beautiful cards and prints gracing my living room. (Fingers crossed!)
You can visit the Jane Austen Playing Cards Kickstarter Campaign to learn more.