Admcadiam Art playing cards
The Admcadiam Minor Arcana Playing Cards are the worlds only internationally suited deck of Playing Cards, combining the full range of “pip” designs from all over the world.
I have used this rich variety of symbolic imagery as the basis for an allegorical visual story to express the development of awareness of our world as we know it. The sequentially developing images of each suit draw their symbolic inspiration from the First, second, and third dimensions, and I have added play as the fourth because it where we can go to explore beyond what we think we know.
In the first suit, Diamonds, the “pips” emerge form the face of the two card and expand in changing patterns as they multiply in a 2D space throughout the suit, as they grow more confident .
In the second suit, Spades, the “pips” swell on two sides as they expand into 3D space and begin to the reality we move around in each day as human beings.
In the third suit, Hearts, the "pips" swell on all sides as they discover realms beyond the tangible world. The two kicks the suit off with a reference to quantum physics and the whirling dervishes of Sufism, and goes on to explore the various metaphysical ways we as humans try to make sense of our world.
In the last suit, Clubs, the traditional symbol of new life, the Hearts have given birth to triplets of small leaves opening in response to the light and warmth of the sun, symbolizing the illumination one can achieve through Insights that can be revealed through play.
NOTE: Traditionally, Playing Cards and Tarot Cards have been used as a system for playing games and looking into Life by many cultures over the centuries. Suit designs, or “pips” as the symbols on the faces of cards are called, differ widely throughout the world. The most commonly known are Hearts, Clubs Diamond and Spades from the French and English traditions. I have an extensive collection of cards from around the world and my the 52 suit design represent a flow through the imagery from which I drew.
These cards can be used for contemplation or regular games. A 100 page booklet, hidden in the lid of the double box set, interprets the symbolism of each card. Originally designed in 1977, these cards were the beginning of Games for Conscious Living. This vintage collection has seen many adventures on both sides of the Atlantic