In 2012, during my first Seekonk, Massachusetts winter, while carless and recovering from physical injury, I fell in love—with jigsaw puzzles! No batteries required and totally silent, this old-fashioned mode of re-creation/creation simultaneously occupied my active fingers and soothed my anxious mind. Some months later, when healed and functioning, I finished a totally surprising new painting called “This Is a Life Worth Living.” This painting actually pleased me, as well as friends and strangers alike. As an experiment, I decided to transform this image into a puzzle…
Thus began a multi-year odyssey. Many puzzle designs later I now offer both custom puzzle commissions and clinical, corporate, and community-building puzzle-driven workshops and events. Learn more here.
In response to global lockdown gaming guru Mike Ferrier and I built two jigsaw puzzle apps with voice chat, Puzlkind and Puzzle Together.
“Hi Sarah Jane! This world peace puzzle is your hardest so far. Kind of like the real deal of world peace…with sorting, fitting, moving around, holding together, figuring out this from that…” Kathy K.
“From now on I’m only buying your puzzles as gifts. What else does anyone need?” Dr. Michael Fine
“Dear SJ! I put the puzzle together. It was the first thing that made me look away from work, cancer, the festival, other hot spots. I loved working on the puzzle. I found it challenging, very challeging…” K.C., Queens