Rejig x Sofie Birkin | 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Rejig Puzzledly.
Rejig x Sofie Birkin | 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Rejig Puzzledly.
Rejig x Sofie Birkin | 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Rejig Puzzledly.
Rejig x Sofie Birkin | 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Rejig Puzzledly.
Rejig x Sofie Birkin | 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle Rejig Puzzledly.

Rejig x Sofie Birkin | 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle


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This puzzle is one in a series by a range of illustrators responding to the theme 'Origins'. 

WHAT'S IN THE BOX:

  • 1000 piece puzzle
  • Organic canvas pouch 
  • A3 poster

    ARTIST'S NOTE:

    "In my work I enjoy exploring queer and anachronistic retellings of myths and folklore. For ‘Origins’, I wanted to create a landscape in tribute to some of the characters and ideas, real and fictional, of Ancient Greece, which have contributed to queer and feminist culture today. 

    In the bottom left hand corner is Sappho, the archaic Greek poet from Lesbos who is widely regarded as having given lesbianism its name. On top of her head is a garland of violets, something she referenced in her poetry, which has led to violets becoming a historic symbol of queer women.

    Next to her are two Ancient Greek women styled as muses, reclining in a position common to heterosexual, neo-classical depictions of Ancient Greeks, but instead as a queer couple sharing a moment of intimacy.

    Behind them are Medusa and a stylized interpretation of Andromeda. Classically, Andromeda is rescued from the Cetus by Perseus, using the decapitated head of Medusa who he has just slain. This is the second time I have queer-ed the story by taking Perseus out of the equation and having the much maligned Medusa as the hero instead.

    In the back left are a group of dancing Greek mimes. The art of mime was originated in Ancient Greece, and can be considered an early version of drag performance. While gender nonconformity wasn’t an inherent part of Greek mime performances, their exaggerated gestures and dramatic performances have influenced a history of alternative performance which informs drag today.

    On the back right is an Amazon, a race of fierce female warriors who lived in a matriarchal society free of men. The Amazons have been a consistently inspiring image for feminists and queer women. Amazons are part of Greek mythology but the real world existence of an ancient line of women warriors was proven in 2019 when a grave with generations of female Scythian warriors was uncovered in what is now modern day Russia."

        In 2019, four puzzle enthusiasts had an idea. After discovering what was a shared frustration in their inability to find a puzzle they could not wait to tackle, these four women started tossing around the idea of creating their own puzzles. These women, who also happen to be related, not only love to puzzle, but they love a challenge — especially competing against each other. The idea evolved while on a family vacation, where of course a puzzle was in tow, and the initial framework of what was soon to become — Puzzledly was developed. They each envisioned vibrant, artful puzzles of the highest quality. They imagined reaching for the untapped puzzle potential that was just not available in the market at that time. They pictured other families sharing a similar bonding experience when building together, complete with colorful stories and belly laughs.

        Over the span of 6 months, they searched high and low for the perfect images, eye-catching shades, and stylish designs for their jigsaw puzzles. When their first shipment arrived they could not wait to break their first set of 5 puzzles open. 3 puzzlers set to work in North Carolina while the fourth eagerly awaited for hers to be shipped to New Jersey. They each set right to work. Texts were sent, calls were made, and photos of their progress were sent. None were disappointed. The puzzles were perfect! They were stunning, creative and fun! They were challenging, yet achievable creations that fed their competitive nature and stimulated their minds. 

        These four puzzle enthusiasts had an idea …. and Puzzledly was born. Ready to join them?

         


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