About the makers:
On a fateful afternoon in 2014, Bakara Wintner and Autumn Whitehurst met at a dog park in Brooklyn and instantly connected over the tarot and their shared November 9th birthday. Fast forward a year, after lots of magic-making, late-night deep-dives and studying, they began the journey together to create the Wayhome Tarot.
These two Scorpios had been long-drawn to esotericism and the occult. Bakara Wintner is an established Tarot reader and healer, author of WTF is Tarot? …and How Do I Do It?, and owner of Durham-based brand Everyday Magic. A solid believer in the art of cartomancy, she also co-created the oracle deck Postcards from the Liminal Space.
Autumn Whitehurst is a native of the magical city of New Orleans and is a veteran of illustration, having primarily worked in the fashion and lifestyle genre. Her clients include amongst others Coca Cola, Sapporo, Salvatore Ferragamo, the Principality of Monaco, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and the New Yorker. Her interest in tarot began as a meditation tool and it has evolved alongside her many insatiable curiosities.
The process began in Autumn’s sunlit Gowanus studio, going card by card and wrestling with each archetype’s meaning and possible visual representation until the perfect image alchemized.
Autumn, sixteen years Bakara’s senior and aesthetically well-seasoned, swatted away Bakara’s trendy inclinations (see: overuse of triangles, dots, owls, etc.) while Bakara pulled Autumn back from making The Chariot card an obscure shrimp whose meaning would certainly be lost on most people. Slowly the notebooks filled, the Pinterest inspiration boards loaded, and after much trial and tribulation, the deck named itself the Wayhome Tarot. Autumn then descended into an illustration wormhole vortex from which she seldom emerged for actual years. The course was slow and often felt like chewing the cud, but the integrity and sense of rightness of each image was the guiding principle of this endeavor.
What did not come of it, but is still worth mentioning are the less tangible bi-products of this joyful collaboration: Weeks spent in Catskill cabins detoxing from technology and dig- ging through our psyches for these cards or sharing a single seat while staring into a screen for hours in angst over the smallest details and subtle color variances. Hilarious outtakes include for example a rain chain made of uteri, and then there were not only the Pinterest boards but also sticky notes and notebooks and napkins that together somehow formed this map. There was much deep laughter, but additionally many tense days and sleepless nights. It has been utterly transformative, we are better people for it, and hopefully the universe is a slightly better place because of it.
May we all find our wayhome.
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