What we're working on at BabaBarock

What we're working on at BabaBarock

What we're working on at BabaBarock

Last updated, 29/09/2022

We hope to keep this page up to date as we go along, so that you are informed about where we are with up and coming work.


We are currently working on three new decks, one of which is a tarot, while the others are fortune telling cards:


The Bohemian Cats

We are getting lots of enquiries about the new Baroque Bohemian Cats' Theatre Tarot. But please be patient - it will take us at least until late 2023/4 to complete.

It isn't a reprint or new version of the original Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot; it's an entirely new deck - all the images take place in the dramatic setting of a baroque theatre. We make every costume (loosely based on Baroque clothing) by hand - including designing our own unique embroideries, lace and hats. The project will, as usual, include a companion book. For the first time, there will also be an accompanying art book that will show gloriously expanded scenes from the cards. You can find more about what's going on at The Bohemian Cats blog - we'd love to see you there.

For all of this crazy work, the miniature clothing patterns are also, of course, entirely our own. So it's a slow process, but does produce uniquely detailed imagery. Things were held up by two lockdowns (which we know were necessary) but we are still hopeful of having the work done by late 2023 or 2024 - all being well.

If you haven't yet seen the first video of our design process (made a few days before lockdown in March 2020!), please do take a look.

A first sample - not final - image from our planned Bohemian Cats book. We will also be making a large-format book (for adults who love cats, costumes and more than a touch of surrealism) that will relate to the deck.


The Bohemian Fortune Telling Cards - our own deck

We are near to finishing our two decks of "Bohemian fortune telling cards". These follow the system, which we were very familiar with during our time in Prague, often called "gypsy cards" and in Czech known usually just as "vykladaci karty", which can be loosely translated as "cards for doing readings". In the companion book for these decks, we will outline the history, how to read with them and, of course, we will explain why we chose not to use the term "gypsy cards".

On the picture here you can see two of the cards that we have already completed and printed (as first samples). You may find that you got a small present of these in an order! The samples have plain backs but the final cards will have our usual cold-stamped - and we hope beautiful - backs.

You can see some of the original Victorian photos that we will (probably) be incorporating in the designs. We base everything on original photos, often changed, added to and even remade in part, so that we end up with the image we feel will work best.

Here are some of the newest cards. We are following the traditional pattern but this in itself did vary so, for example, not every deck will include "gossip" (see above). We've chosen the card meanings that we think will make a well-balanced and very usable deck.

We've also decided to do 36 rather than the more usual 32 cards. It gives a good range of possibilities in a reading and still respects tradition as some of these decks did include 36 cards.


We are also close to completing our re-imagining (with cold-stamping!) of an antique deck in this Bohemian style. It's always been one of our favourites of these antique decks and has some wonderful cards. It's been a pleasure to work on cleaning and enhancing the images.

We've decided to call it a "re-imagining" rather than a reproduction because we're adding cold-stamping and this does make it clear that's it's a recently produced deck. We feel it adds beautifully to the original images.

Mercury's Fortune Telling Cards - our re-imagining of an antique deck

FAQS



I've heard you are leaving tarot design. Is that right?

Yes, we plan the new Bohemian Cats' Tarot to be the last new deck of tarot we'll design. As mentioned, it will most likely be published in 2024. However, while we are working on it, and while it's available, we will try to do some new editions of our other decks. We also plan one or two collaborative decks.

Why did you decide to do the new cards in the "Bohemian" style?
We've worked with these cards since first going to Prague (actually, a reading with a set of these helped to persuade Karen to move to Prague). We decided to make a deck in this style some years ago, but never got very far with it. Recently, however, we decided that it's now or never!

When will pre-orders open? Will there be pre-order offers?
Yes, there will be a generous pre-order discount, as usual, for all decks.

The Bohemian Fortune Telling Cards and Mercury's Fortune Telling Cards (our reimagining of the antique cards) should, all being well, open for pre-orders in late September/October 2022. Originally we planned for late 2020 (!), but with lockdowns, issues with print companies and lots of other things happening, it unfortunately kept getting pushed back.

Which decks are you likely or unlikely to reprint?
Nothing is absolutely certain, but this is what we are currently thinking:

  • The Victorian Romantic Tarot - new version was published early in 2022. You can see more details at this page.
  • The Fairytale Tarot - no reprints planned. We may consider this again in the future.
  • The Flower Oracle - no reprints planned. We may consider this again in the future.
  • The Tarot of Prague - no reprints planned. We will consider this again in the future.
  • The Mythical Creatures Tarot - no reprints planned. We will consider this again in the future.
  • The Fantastic Menagerie Tarot - no reprints planned. We will consider this again in the future.
  • The Alice Tarot - we do hope to print a new edition. Maybe around the period 2024? We'll keep you updated.
  • The Bohemian Gothic Tarot - we do hope to print a new edition, perhaps with cold-stamping or silver ink this time. We hope that pre-orders may open in 2023? We'll keep you updated.


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21 comments

  • Sarah: February 01, 2023

    Please consider reprinting Mythical Creatures Tarot, I would love a copy. Also The Fairytale Tarot.
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    Baba Store replied:
    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately we have no plans to reprint either of these decks, though we never say “never” and it could happen in years to come. However, we have our schedule agreed until 2025 and so won’t be considering any reprints until after that. I’m sorry if that’s disappointing, but we are a small studio and make every edition of our decks different, so we simply don’t have the capacity to do many of them. Thanks again!

    Karen

  • Hana S.: January 09, 2023

    I just heard today about your plans to reprint The Bohemian Gothic tarot this year. I’m very excited about that. And I’m another YES! for The tarot of Prague, lol.
    Hana, proud owner of The Fantastic Memagerie Tarot.
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    Baba Store replied:
    Hi Hana,

    Thanks for the feedback and yes, it’s just great to be able to bring back The Bohemian Gothic Tarot. Alex will be out in Czech Republic in a couple of weeks to oversee the printing of The Bohemian Fortune Telling Cards so he hopes at the same time to be able to have an initial discussion about possibilities for The Bohemian Gothic.

    I honestly don’t know if The Tarot of Prague will come back. I would love to see another edition, but right now, it seems uncertain. We are small and just don’t have time to keep everything in print as we like to change decks each time, which is creatively interesting (and which users like) but does take up time. Hopefully one day though :)

  • Elaine: December 16, 2022

    PLEASE bring back the Romantic Victorian Tarot and the Bohemian Gothic Tarot! Thank you :)
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    Baba Store replied:
    Hi Elaine,

    Thanks for your interest. We do hope to do a slightly new version of The Bohemian Gothic Tarot in 2023 – we will of course be making an announcement about this when we have firm schedules. Do please join out mailing list if you aren’t already on it, as subscribers usually get early notifications.

    As The Victorian Romantic Tarot is not long out of print, we haven’t even discussed whether it will ever be printed again. At this point, there are no plans unfortunately.

    Thanks again.

    Karen

  • Marta Iria : December 05, 2022

    Please, Please , please … i need you to do a new edition of the romantic vitorian tarot ! It’s a lovely deck. I wasn’t in good time to buy it in the last edition, but would still very much to own one of those beautifull decks . Think about it with love ! 🙏🙏

  • Maureen Staszewski: November 30, 2022

    I would love The Tarot of Prague. Please let me know if you ever plan to offer another edition.

  • TANIA BEATRIZ HORMANN: October 17, 2022

    Interessada na reedição do Alice Tarot. Gostaria de receber informações sobre as produções de novos baralhos.
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    Baba Store replied:
    Hi Tania,

    Thanks for your interest in The Alice Tarot. We hope to bring out a new version of the deck, perhaps in 2024. If you would like information about new decks, and other designs, do please sign up to our newsletter – you can see the place to sign up at the bottom of our shop front page – http://baba-store.com . We usually send two times a month at the most, as we know people don’t like to be flooded with emails. :)

    Karen

  • Tânia Hormann: November 01, 2022

    I am interessed in buying the Alice Taro. Pelase let me know when or if it will be possible
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    Baba Store replied:
    Hi Tania,

    We do hope to have a new version of The Alice Tarot out in 2024 – we know there is a large demand for it so we are scheduling it in as soon as we can. Many thanks for your interest.

    Karen

  • Brienne Iverson: November 14, 2022

    I would love to see the Flower Oracle come back into reprint. I have a deck that is so worn I can hardly see the images anymore. So beautiful and one of the most accurate decks I have ever used!!!
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    Baba Store replied:
    Hi Brienne,

    Thanks for your comment and for your lovely feedback. I’m afraid there are no plans at the moment to reprint the Victorian Flower Oracle. We think it’s unlikely but it may happen in the future. If it does, it is likely to be several years away as we have lots of other projects in the pipeline in the meantime. Sorry for any disappointment and I hope you continue to enjoy using your deck!

    Cathy

  • DAVID: September 27, 2022

    it seems all the decks i want are sold out and will never be reprinted. sad. beautiful work. happy travels.
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    Baba Store replied:
    Hi David,

    We are about to launch two new decks and our Victorian Romantic Tarot only just went out of print – I’m sorry you missed it.

    Some of our decks will be issued in a new edition in the coming years. You can get an idea of schedules at the blog post above. In general though, we are moving away from tarot design and the new Bohemian Cats’ Tarot is likely to be the last tarot deck we design.

    Thanks for your interest and comment – we appreciate both – and I hope the decks you are looking for are among the ones scheduled for a new edition.

    Karen and Alex

  • Gen: August 22, 2022

    I love your work of art and I am so very happy with my Victorian Romantic Tarot! Thank you so very much. I loved the extra card which you sent as well! It makes me want The Alice tarot even more now! I am so sad to have missed the opportunity to purchase it when it was available… Please, please, do print a third edition of that deck sooner than later and do keep me posted as to when this will happen! Everyone would be so happy, I am certain! 2024 seems so far away, but I look forward to it if that is when it becomes available again! No need to publish this… I just wanted to forward my thanks to you!

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