The limited edition boxed set of Mike Coles’s unique playing cards and mercenary rhymes project.
A pack of 56 A6 sized playing cards, a pack of 56 poker sized playing cards, a 120 page A5 sized full-colour book featuring the 56 card illustrations plus the associated 56 mercenary rhymes.
This limited edition of 300 is numbered, stamped and signed by Mike Coles.
“I work with musicians a lot and they are constantly remixing and deconstructing their own music so I thought this would be a good approach to my own graphic work. I’ve always wanted to do a set of playing cards and I started working on this, mixing and remixing my own imagery to produce 52 cards + 4 jokers. This wasn’t enough though, I wanted to make it more than a deck of cards, so I decided to do a book of the images from the cards. But this still wasn’t enough, it needed words and I started playing around with nursery rhymes, with which I’ve had a long-time fascination, using traditional ones but adding my own lines. Then I started creating completely new rhymes in the traditional style – the more I stuck at it the more the traditional stuff was stripped away until I ended up with the 56 mercenary rhymes that feature in the book, around 20% traditional and 80% me, although it’s difficult sometimes to tell the difference. PLEASE NOTE: THE AUDIO CD IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.