The Spades

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 Spades 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 Diamonds  |  The Hearts  |  The Jokers

 
 
 
Nefertiti
 

Nefertiti

The Ace of SPADES
Illustrated by: Olivia Rose

Nefertiti was an Egyptian queen and the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshiped one god only, Aten, or the sun disc.

 
 
 
 

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

THE Two OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: Mildred Louis

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. A pioneer of mid-20th-century music, her gospel recordings were a precursor of rock and roll.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
 
 
 
Billie Holiday
 

Billie Holiday

THE Three OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: Kimberly Salt

Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years.

 
 
 
 

Lili Elbe

THE Four OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: LYNDSAY WASKO

Lili Ilse Elvenes, better known as Lili Elbe, was a Danish transgender woman and one of the first identifiable recipients of gender reassignment surgery. She was a successful artist, known for her paintings.

 

Lili Elbe
 
 
 
Frances Glessner Lee
 

Frances Glessner Lee

THE Five OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: FAYE SIMMS

Frances Glessner Lee was a New England socialite and heiress, dedicated her life to the advancement of forensic medicine and scientific crime detection. She is also known as the Mother of Forensic Science.

 
 
 
 

Henrietta Swan Leavitt

THE Six OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: BECCA HALLSTEDT

Henrietta Swan Leavitt was an American astronomer who discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars.

Henrietta Swan Leavitt
 
 
 
Christine Granville
 

Christine Granville

THE Seven OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: ANINE BÖSENBERG

Christine Granville was a was a Polish agent of the British Special Operations Executive during the Second World War.

 
 
 
 

Wu Zetian

THE eight OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: DESHI DENG

Wu Zetian was a Chinese sovereign who ruled unofficially as empress consort and empress dowager and later, officially as empress regnant during the Zhou dynasty.

Wu Zetian
 
 
 
Lois Mailou Jones
 

Lois Mailou Jones

THE NINE OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: ASHLEY FLOREAL

Lois Mailou Jones was an artist who painted and influenced others during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, during her long teaching and artistic career.

 
 
 
 

Anne Frank

THE TEN OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: KIRBI FAGAN

Anne Frank was a German-born diarist and writer. One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously following the publication of her diary, The Diary of a Young Girl.

Anne Frank
 
 
 
Lyudmila Pavlichenko
 

Lyudmila Pavlichenko

THE Jack OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: AMEORRY LUO

Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko was a Ukrainian Soviet sniper during World War II. Credited with 309 kills, she is regarded as one of the top military snipers of all time and the most successful female sniper in history.

 
 
 
 

Hatshepsut

THE Queen OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: SONIA LIAO

Hatshepsut was the longest reigning female pharaohs in Egypt, ruling for 20 years in the 15th century B.C. She is considered one of Egypt's most successful pharaohs.

Hatshepsut
 
 
 
Mary Shelley
 

Mary Shelley

THE King OF SPADES
ILLUSTRATED BY: Maggie Ivy

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.