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"A big job for very little cash!" - Pamela Colman Smith: The artist who defined Modern Tarot
/ Diana Taylor
The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck is one of the most popular Tarot decks in the English-speaking world and has many imitators. It has achieved iconic status through its appearance in British horror films of the 1960s and 1970s (e.g. Dr Terror's House of Horrors; Frightmare). Yet until recently, very little acknowledgement was given to its illustrator: Pamela Colman Smith. Tonight's lecture takes a brief look at her life, the creation of the Tarot deck, and some of the design elements and symbols which have given the cards their unique charm and appeal.
After 16 years of corporate professional life, Diana Taylor now works full time as a Tarot consultant and teacher. Trained in the Western ceremonial magical tradition, she has read Tarot for nearly 20 years, and in 2008, was headhunted by Treadwell’s Books in London. She has also served as a Tarot consultant and special artist on a major motion picture, a TV documentary series, the final show for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and has worked with the SPILL Festival and Pacitti Company, including performing the first ever reading with the SPILL Tarot deck.