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Rik Hodgson – Waverley Care – Edinburgh Playing Cards

Rik, thank you for your time and wishing you the best with your project! (Project link at end of interview)

Here are the 10:

1. What got you interested in designing a deck of playing cards?
I have been collecting playing cards for a couple of years and as a consequence of this I thought I better learn some magic tricks.  This further developed my interest in playing cards, including reading up on history etc. I now have about 50 different decks and am running out of space to display them all.

2. What was your inspiration for this deck?
The Edinburgh Playing Cards came about after a friend of mine brought me back a deck of ‘souvenir’ playing cards from a city abroad, with photos taken by a professional photographer.  Truthfully I thought the photos were a bit disappointing.  I was running a photography group with my clients and thought that our group could do a better job of creating a souvenir deck.  Thus was born Edinburgh Playing Cards.

3. Why Kickstarter?
I had bought a few decks from Kickstarter and suggested to my work that we might want to try it.  They were keen as we had never run a crowd funding campaign before and this would be a good learning curve.  It also enabled us to see what the demand would be for this project and would mean that the charity I work for, Waverley Care, would not need to use money meant for service delivery to print these cards.  We have been delighted with the response.  We are not going to break any KS records but we will get the cards printed now as we have hit our target, which for me makes the whole thing worthwhile.

4. Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your deck?
A funny story associated with these cards was when shooting the video for our KS campaign I needed to make some prototypes to use to show the backs, some fronts, and the magic trick.  These prototypes were double sided printed on cardboard file dividers as this was the best card I could find in the office.  I then cut them out with scissors the best I could.

5. What is one thing you wouldn’t do without?
I have a DAB radio which I totally love and use all the time as I am not a fan of TV.  I would even happily pay TV licence just for the privilege of having BBC radio.

6. What’s the best tidbit of advice you’ve ever been given?
The best advice I ever received?  “Believe in yourself”.

7. What advice would you give to other aspiring deck creators/artists?
Give it a go.  You have nothing to lose and much to gain.

8. Do you have an online presence where we can view your work?
I work for a charity Waverley Care, who are based in Scotland and support people living with and affected by blood borne viruses such as HIV and Hep C, and you can view our work on our website: www.waverleycare.org

9. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Running this KS campaign has been a real eye opener.  Unfortunately I have not been able to give it the time it deserves as I have other responsibilities at my work which take priority.  However, I have learnt a great deal during the process.  We also did have a thread on Aethercards, http://www.playingcardforum.com/playing-card-plethora/edinburgh-playing-cards-(ks)/, and I am very grateful to the people who contributed to this, and we have adopted some of their ideas.

10. And finally, I would like to give you this opportunity to share three to five images and tell us a little about each.
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This is the back of the cards.  It is a 2 way  design based on the tartan that our charity has.  For me it is not only symbolic of Waverley Care, but also of Scotland in general.  It also breaks the mould on traditional one way backs for souvenir playing cards.
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I love this photo – it was taken by a service user and captures the excitement of Edinburgh during the festival.
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I also really love this picture.  It is taken at Edinburgh’s seaside, Portobello.  Why do I like it?  I like the loneliness and contemplation of the image. I have spent many hours at Portobello looking out to sea pondering, life, love, the universe, etc, so can relate to the image.  I also like the seat the figure is sitting on being in a puddle, I think it adds a bit of humour to the image.

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