The Diamonds

Flush Fatale highlights 54 influential women from history. Spanning women of countless eras and professions, the deck of cards shows the importance of women throughout the ages, and tells their stories via stunning full colours illustrations. Listed below are the Diamonds in the deck of cards.

Accompanying each woman is a short biography of her life and achievements. A longer biography will be included in the Flush Fatale Booklet that is available in our Kickstarter. Check back often! These images will be updated with sketches, colour studies, and eventually the final art for each woman from history!

The Clubs  |  The Jokers  |  The Hearts  |  The Spades

 
 
 
Lotte Reiniger
 

Lotte Reiniger 

The Ace of Diamonds
Illustrated by: Jessica Taylor

Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger was a German film director and the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation. Reiniger made more than 40 films over her career, all using her invention.

 
 
 
 

Mary Bowser

THE Two OF DIAMONDS
ILLUSTRATED BY: Amanda Sartor

Mary Elizabeth Bowser was a freed slave who worked as a Union spy in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War. In 1995, 130 years after the Civil War ended, the United States Army recognized Mary Elizabeth Bowser's contribution to the Union war effort by inducting her into the U.S. Army Intelligence Hall of Fame.

Mary Bowser
 
 
 
Coco Chanel
 

Coco Chanel 

THE Three OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Chantal Horeis

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand.

 
 
 
 

Olga of Kiev

THE Four OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Lenny Lishchenko

Saint Olga was a ruler of Kievan Rus as regent for her son, Svyatoslav. She is known for her obliteration of the Drevlians, a tribe that had killed her husband Igor of Kiev, and for her efforts to spread Christianity through the Rus

 

Olga of Kiev
 
 
 
Joan of Arc
 

Joan of Arc

THE Five OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Ashley Erickson

Martyr, saint and military leader Joan of Arc, acting under divine guidance, led the French army to victory over the English during the Hundred Years' War.

 
 
 
 

Edith Piaf

THE Six OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Genevieve FT

Édith Piaf was a French cabaret singer, songwriter and actress who became widely regarded as France's national chanteuse, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars.

Edith Piaf
 
 
 
Audrey Hepburn
 

Audrey Hepburn

THE Seven OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Natalie Dombois

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age

 
 
 
 

Maria Sibylla Merian

THE eight OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Jessica Roux

Maria Sibylla Merian was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendant of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family, founders of one of Europe's largest publishing houses in the 17th century.

Maria Sibylla Merian
 
 
 
Tatyu Betul
 

Tatyu Betul

THE NINE OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Emily Lubanko

Taytu Betul was an Empress Consort of the Ethiopian Empire and the third wife of Emperor Menelek II of Ethiopia. She founded Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city.

 
 
 
 

Ada Lovelace

THE TEN OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Nikkie Stinchcombe

Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

Ada Lovelace
 
 
 
Madam CJ Walker
 

Madam CJ Walker

THE Jack OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Lauren Cannon

Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist.

 
 
 
 

Diamond Annie

THE Queen OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Sam Schechter

Alice Diamond, also known as 'Diamond Annie' was the leader of a 19th-century all-female London crime syndicate who specialized in shoplifting. Known as the Forty Elephants or Forty Thieves; the gang was notable for its longevity and skill in avoiding police detection.

Diamond Annie
 
 
 
Tomyris
 

Tomyris

THE King OF Diamonds
ILLUSTRATED BY: Caitlyn Kurilich

Tomyris, also known as Queen Tomiri, was a Massagetean ruler who reigned over the Massagetae. Tomyris led her armies to defend against an attack by Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid Empire, and defeated and killed him in 530 BC.