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Alentejo Playing Cards

Designed by Sara Smith

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While in an artist residency in Portugal and I was captivated by the flora and fauna of the Alentejo region. There was a pig farm not far away and I was completely charmed by the young pigs. I made numerous block prints of the pigs, then I branched out into making a full deck of cards incorporating the animals and crops of the Alentejo. The traditional suits: hearts, clubs, diamonds, and spades became wheat, olives, grapes, and cork acorns. The king became a pig, the queen a stork, the jack a goat and a donkey is the joker. I have played solitaire since I was a child and now play cards with my husband most mornings over breakfast.


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