The ‘Blue & White Porcelain’ deck features hand painted and digitally refined illustrations that are inspired by traditional 14th century Chinese blue and white ceramics. Spot UV finishing is used over the illustrative elements of each card back and the tuck box, giving the artwork a subtle gloss and elegant touch—further reminiscent of porcelain. Glossy ‘hidden’ patterns are also integrated, printed in Blind UV. A minimal and clean Novacento typeface within the deck nicely balances alongside the intricate artwork.
Thematically, the design references the twelve animals of Chinese astrology. The zodiac animals of each facecard were individually hand painted in watercolor, with their edges digitally refined to create a clean, modern, yet subtly traditional work of art. Pattern like abstractions both construct the face-cards and serve as decorative embellishments to the tuck. The deck’s geometric and organic forms also draw inspiration from modern Scandinavian porcelain.
The deck is a fusion of east and west, much like the city from which the deck was born – Hong Kong. It is currently available as a limited print-run of around 1,000 decks through Legends Playing Card Company.