AiR: Jiggy Puzzles - Kaylin Marcotte
Photographs Courtesy of Jiggy Puzzles
Meet the resident artists for the re-launch of Immersive Van Gogh New York: Jiggy Puzzles. Ahead of their residency, Founder Kaylin Marcotte checks in with smART for a preview of the six-week collaboration.
“There’s something about the analog, tactile nature of building something with your hands, piece by piece, that feels both relaxing and rewarding.”
“There’s something about the analog, tactile nature of building something with your hands, piece by piece, that feels both relaxing
Kaylin Marcotte . Courtesy of Jiggy Puzzles
What inspired the creation of Jiggy puzzles?
Five years ago, I was working around the clock at an early startup and fell in love with jigsaw puzzles as my nightly meditation. I was doing one every week and the stress relief was great, but the designs were outdated and uninspired. I started dreaming up a puzzle that would be beautiful for both the doing and the decorating, that would look good before, during and after completion. Conceived as a way to elevate the classic jigsaw, JIGGY features art by female artists around the world (who get a percentage of every sale), chic packaging, and puzzle glue to preserve your masterpiece for framing.
I hope JIGGY inspires people to unplug and experience art in a whole new way, in pieces.
What do you hope to accomplish in your residency?
We are so excited to bring some of our local JIGGY artists into the incredible Immersive Van Gogh space to create art on such a unique vehicle—a puzzle! We are both so aligned in our missions of inspiring people to experience art in a whole new way, and to empower artists, so this is a very organic partnership for us. We hope to honor the work of van Gogh with our artists creating original pieces inspired by him, bringing an interactive and modern touch to the experience, and giving emerging artists a platform to showcase their work.
How would you describe the therapeutic experience of putting together a puzzle?
Putting together a puzzle is completely consuming for me; I get lost in it, in the best way. It makes me forget the urge to check my phone, quiets all the loud, busy distractions we’re all surrounded by, and really centers me. There’s something about the analog, tactile nature of building something with your hands, piece by piece, that feels both relaxing and rewarding. There are also studies connecting puzzles with improved memory, sleep, decreased chances of dementia and more, so I think everyone can benefit from making them a habit!
Find this, and more, in the forthcoming print edition of Issue No.8.
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