1. What’s your favorite breakfast food? Green eggs and ham. Hold the eggs and ham. Wash down with Bloody Mary (extra spicy).
2. Book you’d like to give everyone (or wish they would read)? Green Eggs and Ham. We can all benefit from seeing things through a child’s perspective every now and then.
3. What makes you laugh? Anything and everything. When you view the world as pure entertainment, you can bring levity to just about any situation.
4. Song that never gets old: Dean Martin - "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles". Stylish optimism, fun and carefree.
5. Drink of choice: Pinky Tuscadero: Frozen Pink lemonade, Gin (or vodka), Cranberry or Pomegranate Juice and Ice in a blender. Lime and Sugared Rim. Brain freeze guaranteed.
6. Would you rather be hot or cold? Cold. It preserves the skin and you can always throw on a sweater, dear.
7. Mountain, beach, desert, or forest? All of the above. Except desert – beach sand is enough for me!
8. Favorite color? Rich Black. It is comprised off all the colors and has beautiful depth.
9. Best movie line: “Strap yourself in” (young Christina to Christopher in Mommie Dearest)
10. Last thing you splurged on? A $40 hand-fired salt-glazed initial coffee mug from House Industries. They are only offered for a limited time every year. Worth every penny.
11. Bonus Q for Madam Clara: How did you discover Tarot? I had an amazing – and foretelling – reading when I was 21. Everything has since come to pass. I rediscovered my fascination in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween weekend, 2015.
Truth be told, the backstory of the original Madam Clara deck might surprise you.
I created the Madam Clara character as part of a year-long project leading up to the Salem Witches Ball on Halloween. I have always been fascinated with the dark and mysterious world of antique carnival and circus imagery. I wanted to create an experiential "costume" that was based on a vintage penny arcade fortune teller (the old lady in the glass box) and I wanted to dispense single fortune cards to bring the experience full circle.
Being it was in Salem, authenticity was very important to me, so I researched the subject of tarot tirelessly, but I also felt somehow guided in the creation of this deck, which became a true labor of love for me. The fortunes needed to be genuine to the cards, but I wanted them to be mysterious and also a little kitschy, if you will.
The designs are true to the archetypal symbolism in the Rider-Waite decks, but uses a combination of collage, vintage engravings and graphic patterns. While the deck is not 3D, I definitely had in mind the left-right brain balance and tension in the design. Also, I cannot tell you there is a specific significance to the 2 extra cards. Only that I was compelled to create the 2 extras and I wanted them to be at once equal and opposite, light and dark. Of course, you are free to interpret as you will.
I hope you enjoy the deck. It has inspired me to keep going and create additional works, which I will share the progress on my website, MadamClara.com.