Through much meditation and community input, over 30 artists have come together to contribute their amazing power and skills to create a feminist tarot deck unlike any other! 82 INCREDIBLE women featured on the traditional tarot journey, but with a few twists, chosen specifically to be diverse in representation and imagery. Meet your collaborating artists here or learn more about the project at our official Kickstarter page!
Saṅsāra (amanda c owens)
healer. intuitive tarot reader. creative. empath. wife. cat mom. social work and reiki master teacher. affirmation queen. joyful lover. coffee enthusiast. poet. spoonie. Instagram friendly.
Jessica Neria is a twentysomething year old Latina multimedia artist from Chicago. She is a freelance graphic designer and photographer, whose work has been featured in DePaul University's 2012 and 2013 Juried Art Exhibits and the Chicago Redeye. In her spare time, Jessica likes to make YouTube videos, play air guitar, and cuddle with her dog. You can find more of Jessica's work on behance and on zenfolio. Follow Jessica on Instagram @yehika09.
Born to be the devout daughter of Bible-Belt Baptists, Ash has since caused no small amount of stir by growing up to be their queer, Jewish son. He is an activist, artist, and family therapist--usually all three at once--and works in private practice in Wichita, Kansas. In his work, Ash pays particular attention to the ways in which LGBTQ community members find support and solidarity, from childhood through late adulthood, in families of origin and of choice. He spends a lot of time on the negotiation and navigation of good consent; the exploration of new dynamics in people's gendered, sexual, and relational lives; and the development of effective tools for managing intense emotion and responses to trauma. You might also hear him sounding off about non-traditional relationships, queer spiritualities, this month's favorite author, or his current knitting project.
Magali's characters have the desire to tell their story and, although she may have the illusion she is running the show, these capricious life forms tend to create themselves, making the artist an assistant architect at best. She however enjoys being a bridge between the fantastic and mundane and embraces the job with passionate enthusiasm. Fanciful whimsy fills Magali’s imagination and cannot help but come to life in whichever media she’s working at the moment, being acrylic paint on paper or canvas or exploring tridimensionality in paper mache or polymer clay. Seeing the pleasure art lovers get out of her work is a reward that cannot be matched and she is excited to keep offering it to the world.
Magali is an active participant in the art community of the neighborhood of Pilsen and has showed her work along with many other artists participating at Pilsen Open Studios and Chicago Artist Month. She currently is an art instructor at “Bottle and Bottega”. Her next project is illustrating a children’s book.
Magali Almada was born in Brazil where she studied visual arts at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. She currently lives and works in Chicago.
Rebecca Bowlin attended the University of New Mexico where she graduated with a BA in Criminology. She works with runaway and homeless teenagers at the National Runaway Safeline for a living and is a starving artist and storyteller on the side. She enjoys painting, writing, attempting stand-up comedy, and collecting rare, expensive parking tickets. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and couch potato pooch named Trout.
Rachel J. Katzman
Chicago artist Rachel J. Katzman began drawing crayon nudes in kindergarden. Since then the subject matter for her illustrations has changed only slightly to include themes such as spirituality, animals, self-acceptance, poetry, self-esteem, motherhood, love and above all, humor. In 2009 she began her company Madame Platypus, making her artwork available in the form of cards, prints, jewelry and crochet via Etsy and local handmade stores. A juggling mother of two, Rachel can often be spotted peddling her wares in local art fairs, and talking up her customers between diaper changes. As a fellow tarot junkie Rachel is thrilled to be part of such a unique project with such talented people - and can't wait to own the completed deck herself!
Megan Manske is an artist, designer, daydreamer and coffee lover living in the Chicago suburbs. She can't remember a time in her life when she wasn't drawing and painting, working on everything from small business logos to fabric designs, t-shirts, album covers, jewelry and custom mandalas. Art is her passion.
Megan admits she's slightly obsessed with Alice in Wonderland (to the point she named her business megandowntherabbithole), museums, micron pens, philosophy, tattoos, bookstores, being barefoot, sushi, forests, cooking, interesting conversation, mandalas, astronomy, stained glass, chai tea, ancient history, fractals, owls, frozen desserts, color theory, surrealism, old maps, Futurama, cult films, Mexican food, dark chocolate, clouds, stars, anything electric blue, kaleidoscopes, aimless wanderings, general weirdness, and hoodies. If any of the above gets you dorkishly excited, there’s a very good chance you can be friends.
As you've probably guessed by now, my name is Teshika Silver. Phonetically: Tesh-ik-ah. Tesh for short. I love design. I love to draw. I love sunshine and rainy days. I'm a walking contradiction which makes me kinda awesome at figuring out what people might like. I've had some pretty great experiences in the world, which might just explain the type of work I do: energetic, bright, exciting, fun. So if you have a project that needs any of those adjectives, I'm your man--well--lady. I get hired to be awesome.
Kelsey is the wizard of all things crafts. They sew, screen print, and make anything clay to make the world just a little bit more fun. They are an artist, performer, and problem solving guru. They are the gears that make Heartland Center for Systems Change at Heartland Health Outreach run; supporting programing to help make our systems of care for those in need, better. Kelsey is a dreamer in things feminist, social justice, community building, Queer and mental health related. Kelsey came to MHRI from the customer service realm to do more meaningful work and develop their ability to help others. You can catch them at one of their monthly dance parties or directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org (hint; this email is a word made up of biking, clay, art, sewing, and craft!)
Riley P. Hart
Riley grew up between books and farms. She always felt there was more light everywhere, and has begun embracing it in her everyday life. You can follow her journey on instagram @rilo.heart
Christina Scott is a painter, an illustrator, a designer, a fighter, a video editor, an art director, a creator, an idea-maker, a printer, and an overall funny person. You can usually find her locked away in her Bedstuy apartment, painting feminist-inspired, gorey art. When she's not fighting the good fight, or painting neon eyeballs, she's working as a Communications Designer at a nonprofit that advocates for kids with disabilities. When she's not doing THAT, she's probably looking at pictures of puppies or spending too much money on soap or floating in the ocean somewhere. Oh, and you can call her Tina. Feel free to check out her website or email her directly at youcancallmetina(at)gmail.com !
Jen's joyful life consists of... being a Momma to 2, Wife, Artist of murals, portraits, children's books, chalk street-art etc. Her favorite tools are paint, pastel, pencil, song and words. She's also a Channel/Medium, Shamanic Craniosacral Therapist, Friend to all and Proud owner of Spirit Sketches (intuitive sketches of your spirit guide or passed loved one).
Jennifer Matthes (Jem)
Jem is an enthusiastic artist with a heart that dwells in nature. Nature and landscapes inspire her colors and life within her work. She paints with many different mediums and has experience with many different subjects: portraits, landscapes, the spiritual, pets, murals, and abstract art. Jem is an Integrated Energy Therapist and loves to share the blessings of working with angels. To create is her way of grasping the beauty in love. She is in process of finishing school to become an art therapist to help others find their joy and release within creation of art. To share joy and to be present in life’s experiences is the greatest gift to her. Jem also runs a women retreat called The Awoken Flower, inspired by one of her art pieces. To be the purest truth of who you are is of most importance to her. It is her longing to assist and witness people coming in to their magical beautiful selves. She believes if everyone fell into their personal truth that there would be harmony on this earth. Witnessing others find their truth and being touched by her art work are the two things that motivates her life.
Skai Angeles (G-R)
Skai is on the Pisces/Aries cusp, 26, and living in Seattle. They were adopted at the age of 7 and is passionate about human history. Skai plays the guitar and sings. They like the rain, love family and friends, strongly miss California and have a heart born out of the social justice womb.
Being a TBI Survivor, transgender and a lover of life, art is the way for TJ to express that which words cannot describe. A visionary artist that finds inspiration in the world, TJ finds that everything is a piece of art in one way or another. TJ explains, "I usually see my paintings before I paint them. I let the universe flow through me to express itself in my artwork. My passion--and I believe role in this world--is to inspire and give back. I believe my paintings are a way for me to do that so that is why I call my artwork Conscious Graffiti.
"Do Good. Be Good. Be One is my mantra. You can use positive actions to challenge and undermine negative beliefs and to replace them with positive self-nurturing beliefs. I believe that when you purchase one of my pieces you are also bringing that same energy into your home, office, or wherever that piece hangs. I am a strong believer in giving back; paying it forward. Every piece I sell I donate 10% of each sale to different charities"
Follow TJ on Instragram @consciousgraffiti or Email TJ for commission work at consciousGraffiti@gmail.com
Rae Bees earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Florida State University. Although she never bothered to pick up her diploma. Instead she picked up her life and got to Chicago as fast as she could. She prefers to work with multiple mediums and found objects. She feels invisible observing behind a camera lens as she captures candid moments of people around her. She then paints, collages, and inks her own photos in the hope of transforming a static image to what she was experiencing through the camera lens. Rae's work flickers back and forth between pop art, pizza parties, and nostalgic lighthearted illustrations to ominous representations of our cultures' notion of "home" and coping with mortality.
Growing up in rural Illinois, Hayley always had an affinity for art- and music-related pursuits. She earned her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Illustration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and her goal for the future is to complete a Masters in Counseling and become an art therapist. Currently, Hayley works as a direct support person to adults with intellectual disabilities, completes illustrations for album art and concert posters, and plays music in her basement with friends.
Tess Lulu Orban is a 24-year-old Romany artist from New Jersey. She teaches by day, sings opera by night, and is an avid lover of animals. She started reading tarot when she was 8, following in the footsteps of more than a few Romany women. She lives in North Brunswick with her wonderful partner and two naughty rats. You can follow her art blog on tumblr.
Liz Bell is a free-spirited Children's Book illustrator and author who brings her love of movement and dance, self-expression and connection into her art. She strives to inspire love, compassion, consciousness, and healing for all beings through her work.
See more of her art at her website, on Facebook, or on Deviantart.
Allie Shyer is a writer and artist living in Chicago. She likes to do social media experiments and write funny short poems. Her work often explores her experience as a queer woman. See more at www.wix.com/alli
Davin is an artist and art preparator living and working in Chicago. He likes to cook, snack, eat, and make random stuff. Puttering, day dreaming, and watching his dog have intense dreams are his favorite activities. He wishes he could drink more coffee than he can actually handle and that capitalism would figure itself out.
Diana Brooks is an artist, art educator, printmaker, dog mom, biker, waitress, and weirdo who recently left the woods of Vermont to find adventure in Chicago. You may view more of her work at dianaraebrooks.com.
meg wolf (known as meggus to her friends) is a native Ohioan, musician, singer, DJ, crafter, tech nerd, and sometimes artist. She's also an energy healer, certified in Integrated Energy Therapy, and has been reading tarot for over 20 years. She is currently working to expand her practice in both. More information can be found on her website; more drawings can be see on her flickr, or you can find her DJ persona, switch killa, online.
Marie is a queer parent, artist, designer, and Duran Duran and Michelle Tea fan.
I am a woman, a mother, a teacher, a writer and an artist. I am most at home when my energy is reflected in the moon card, able to see the signs the Universe, my ancestors, my higher self are offering to me and being able to graciously accept them. Sometimes, my humanity and ego are more in control and I find myself battling the frustration of being a consumer, the need to put gas in my car or the realization that the world does not have any obligation to deliver what I expect. I believe in the wonder of nature and that we could learn a lot by watching a tree grow or a caterpillar transform. My children remind me of the magic that is within each one of us. I believe we are all put on this earth for a reason and that we have a spark of the divine within each of us. We must all decide when we will communicate with it again. When I read, teach or coach with tarot cards, I connect with the divine. The cards are one of the many ways in which I pray.
CJ Leonard got a fancy B.F.A. in Illustration and Design and a box full of art supplies from the Illinois Institute of Art. He uses both those things to illustrate his way around Chicago. But mostly the box of art supplies. Originally from the little metro-Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, CJ relocated to Chicago after doing his time in catholic school and went on to start a punny little greeting card company named Hobo Thoreau Greetings, on both Facebook and etsy as well. He works at least five jobs in order to satiate his jack-of-all-trades nature as well as pay Chicago rent. In his work ink is used to create clean, translatable images with digital color and traditional paint along with mixed media collage methods. CJ now spends his days trying to become an illustrating plumber and learn how to perfectly roast a poblano pepper.
Tia Brown is an artist, poet and teacher from South Carolina. She loves to incorporate vivid colors, abstract brush strokes, nature and poetic elements in her work. She is also a maker and enjoys crafting and cooking. As her full-time job, shedesigns costumes, props and makeup for a local amusement park. She's always daydreaming or thinking about what to tackle next.
Feel free to follow her work and life on Instagram: @tiabrown or email for commission inquiries: email@example.com
Stella Rosen is a five star double rated astronavigatrix. She is an artist, fetish provider, builder of Things, kind of model, and all around full time dad magnet. She is the branch assistant for the Chicago chapter of Dr. Sketchy and the curator for the annual Sex Workers Outreach Project Chicago art show. Find her on Instagram @nkoiq and on Twitter @stella0rosen.