Friday, March 21, 2014

Autumn is in the air

Romantic Bridge 500 pieces
Cooler mornings are a sure sign that Autumn is on its way, and this is a good time to stock up on jigsaws for when the wet weather sets in.

Magic Forest. Path 1000 pieces

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Art from puzzle pieces

We never cease to be amazed by the uses people put jigsaws to!
Ron Davis from the Queens borough of New York,  re-purposes finished puzzles by combining pieces from several of them to create unique vibrant works of abstract art.                    

Ron Davis and the work titled Antarctica
He hopes to exhibit his work in galleries after he
completes 21, a great feat especially considering that since he first began the project in 2009, he has suffered a heart attack and stroke.

The work below is titled  “My Love Piece,” and features the words “Love” and “Peace,” a homage to his hippie days.  What a fantastically talented man!  Read more about him here

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wicker kittens - a documentary about puzzling!

Wicker Kittens is a documentary about competitive jigsaw-puzzling. It follows four teams as they prepare for the biggest contest in the country at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. The film has just premiered in Austin this week.   See a trailer for it here.
Read an interview with the Director Amy C Elliot  here.

I wonder how long it will be before we see it in New Zealand?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Puzzler farmer

This retired farmer from Mineapolis certainly has an interesting way of putting his puzzles together. He has created his own system for laying out the pieces. Using sheets of cardboard he draws a series of squares that are lettered and numbered. Every piece of the jigsaw is placed in a square before Merle starts to put the picture together.
It is a time consuming system and add hours to the process. But, no matter, says Merle. Time is something he has plenty of.  Then, unlike most of us who simply take a completed picture apart and put it back in the box, Merle glues them all together, frames them and hangs as many as he can on the walls. Watch the video and read about him here.