Suits of cards have symbolized 4 battling kingdoms for a long time. Each suite is the whole world of kings, queens, warriors, etc. The world that was filled with unique culture, nature, legends, and heroic deeds. Illustration unites these four worlds with colors and rhythm.
The Spades is African culture. The primeval world of astonishing contrasts. There is scorching sunlight which is replaced by the cold scintillation of stars. And the absolute silence of the night is disturbed by a drum rhythm near a ritual fire burning in a boundless desert. The ancient tribal traditions carried through thousands of years living here. An invariably harmony of human and nature gives a force and exposes to a danger. Every hunter might become prey. Only instincts can help a human to survive in the fight with unexplored.
The Diamonds is fairy-tail Japan. It is a country where the sun rises and wind plays in bonsai branches. Simplicity penetrates everyday life here. The air is cut by a katana and is filled with a smell of sakura with birds singing in its branches. It is the world of brave samurais, enigmatic geishas who tap their getas and mythic dragons that guard gods’ houses far away in the mountains.
The Clubs embody a medieval culture of Europe. Dark times when legends were written in castles by candles light. Brave knights winning ladies hearts and performing feats, monsters living far away on the end of the world, and magical animals with luminous horns bestowing eternal life fill these legends.
The Hearts is spicy and colorful India. The stories about charming princesses and brave warriors are told by a sensual dance of graceful interlacing hands. It tells you about charming princes and brave warriors. A fragile lotus and a majestic anise-tree, vaporous silk and a shining marble palace walls are singing about love, that is beyond time and distance. Any day can become a celebration if it is spiced with flowers, music, and songs."
Maria Fedoseeva is an artist from Moscow, Russia. She was graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts as a graphic and type designer. At the beginning of her career, she has been working as a designer. The career in illustration and art was started after 2014. Her passion for creating the most elegant shapes and image express her emotional inside world.
In 2015 she started the 5th Kingdom project. The project was included in the shortlist of Communication Arts Competition in 2019.
Printed By MPC
Casino Grade European Card Stock
Smooth Ivory Finish
Includes 1 Blank Face Card
Limited Edition of 500
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