The Fool is one of those cards that everyone has an opinion about. In the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) Tarot, he is shown as someone smiling blithely as he steps off a cliff.
He (or indeed, she) is reckless, in some ways thoughtless, and yet optimistic and able to take a risk. Yet for The Fool, naivety seems to be something of a protection, and so heedless behaviour that could lead to catastrophe instead often seems to pay off.
We began with a decision to show this Fool as a jester. This is actually quite a popular depiction in many historical and modern tarot decks and we felt that not only would it work symbolically, but it would also make for a spectacularly attractive costume.
We had already used (teeny tiny!) patchwork for our Two of Pentacles costume, and so we had some experience of how to go about this on a small scale.
We chose two very fine pure silk fabrics in black and yellow. The tiny bells were found online, and The Fool’s pack was made from a piece of vintage cotton that was originally found in a bric a brac shop in Prague – and finally found its purpose!this
Here is the final card. We hope that it shows The Fool as a free (and maybe feckless?) character, and also as a character who is happy to trust fate when he takes some risks.