Kickstarter: 7 Questions with Fedir Bakhchyvanzhy of American Eras Playing Cards

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Kickstarter: 7 Questions with Fedir Bakhchyvanzhy of American Eras Playing Cards

American Eras Playing Cards is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter with a goal of $9.9k. Only 41% funded at the time of writing, the fully custom-designed decks are inspired by the history of the four most famous American eras: Literary themes of the 20s that inspired Dreiser and Fitzgerald, Midwest Indian culture that was widely known outside the United States, Wild West, which has spawned many topics in literature and cinema and African South America (New Orleans).

ArtLibra spent more than a year of painstaking and hard work on the creation of this project. All the historical details of the four most famous American eras have been studied. As such, every part of this deck has been worked out to the smallest detail and done at the highest quality level. Inside, the card backs feature an intricate, mirrored design, the hand-painted courts are beautiful and the Aces are gorgeous! American Eras is presented in three different colorway- Red, Blue, and Black, each enclosed within a tuck box in the same style.

Late last week, we had a quick chat with Fedir Bakhchyvanzhy of ArtLibra, about the design, inspiration and design process behind American Eras Playing Cards.

For those of us who don’t know, can you tell us about yourself and what is your design background?
Hello! We are a small team of ArtLibra, which involves several people. I have been engaged in e-commerce and fulfillment for many years. And often I produce my own products. One of the most important roles in our team is played by our painting artist. He is professional in his field and knows how real art deck of cards should look. Thanks to our common efforts, we have released our first deck of American Eras cards. We did not stop there and are working further, and in the near future, we will please many more with our art playing cards.

Can you describe American Eras Playing Cards and why you’re passionate about it?
America has a very rich palette of cultures and different eras. And this is what we should have done first. Since about the Wild West, for example, or about the culture of the Indians, a lot of people around the world know about them, thanks to the cinema. Due to the wide popularity and a large selection of interesting historical eras of America, we decided to make this deck.

Walk us through the process you took to design the deck. How did you come out with the idea and how did you get to this finished product?
It all started with meeting with the artist, he showed me the Queen of Clubs (Indians). I liked it so much that we decided to continue to draw, and study the history of American Indians. Then came the Wild West, and then everyone else. After the completion of the characters, we began work on the tuch-box and shirt design. So the American Eras deck of cards was born.

What was your most brilliant breakthrough when designing the deck?
When the artist finished his work and showed all the paintings. It was amazingly beautiful.

With so many playing card projects competing for funding, why should potential backers choose your deck?
I think our deck is unique and beautiful. A lot of the history of the United States is connected With our deck, which cannot be uninteresting. We did not want to make the deck completely designer. We made her classic and attractive.

What’s next? Can we expect more deck designs in the future?
We are hard-working on the following decks. We have pictures for the next project. And only specially for Kardify we will show one of them.

Finally, what are your favorite playing cards?
I really like Vittoria Playing Cards by Nicolai Aarøe. At now these are the best I've seen among playing cards.

Thank you for your time Fedir and all the best! At the time of writing, the American Eras is only 41% funded with 19 days to go. If you like what you've read here and would like to support ArtLibra, head on to the Kickstarter page here!

American Eras Playing Cards will be printed by the USPCC with Air-Cushion Finish. Pledge starts at $15 for a single deck. Add-ons such as art deck, dealer coin, companion booklet, collector card case, and brick boxes are available during the campaign.

Kickstarter: 7 Questions with Fedir Bakhchyvanzhy of American Eras Playing Cards Reviewed by Ivan on 4/27/2020 Rating: 5

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