The Nine of Blades.
Traditionally depicted as a woman in bed, dressed in her nightclothes with her hands over her face as she weeps, nine swords hanging point down on the wall over her bed.
It’s a rather unambiguous card- worry, anxiety, dread. Bad news that comes unexpectedly. The dark night of the soul. That niggling doubt which keeps us awake at night.
I wanted to preserve the feel of the card; the somewhat ominous beauty of the image. I also knew immediately that I wanted to use this quilt in the background- it’s a quilt I made with my step-mother before I was married of fabric that largely came from my late grandmother’s stash of quilting supplies.
I’m really pleased with how some of these worked out- the lighting was hard because it was so dim, but I really like that in a lot of the images we can see that Stephanie is flesh and bone, tendons and sinew. It’s that humanity that makes this card work, I think- the knowledge that this fear, this worry, is all too rooted in our own human guts and nerves.