Black History Month: 1000-piece Faith Ringgold Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles Jigsaw Puzzle
“You can't sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it."
Celebrate the lush, vibrant, and daring art of Faith Ringgold with the colourful story quilt ‘Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles’ painting-turned-puzzle.
Faith Ringgold is a major figure in American feminist art, from the civil rights struggles to those of Black Lives Matter, and the author of some very famous works in children’s literature. Her work links the rich heritage of the Harlem Renaissance to the current art of young Black American artists.
“No other creative field is as closed to those who are not white and male as is the visual arts. After I decided to be an artist, the first thing that I had to believe was that I, a black woman, could penetrate the art scene, and that, further, I could do so without sacrificing one iota of my blackness or my femaleness or my humanity."
- 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle on 2mm premium board
- The finished jigsaw puzzle measures 27” x 20”.
- Crafted from the highest resolution image taken of Faith Ringgold, Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles, acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border, 1991
- High-quality 250 GSM matte art paper for superior colour, crisp details and no glare
- The pieces are precision-cut from thick 2mm cardboard to ensure a frustration-free fit with minimal puzzle dust
- Made from recycled cardboard and printed with vegetable-based ink, this famous art jigsaw puzzle is a safe and non-toxic product
- Includes resealable bag to store pieces between uses
- On SALE for a limited time only
Through The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles Ringgold pays homage to and celebrates African American women and their contributions to education, freedom, and justice. She also honours the fine artistry of African American quilt making.
In this lithograph, eight powerful African American women from the past and present display a colorful quilt that is a communal symbol of their achievements. From upper left they are Madam Walker, Sojourner Truth, Ida Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Ella Baker. A ninth figure, on the lower left, is Willia Marie Simone, a fictional character created by the artist. Vincent van Gogh, well known for his paintings of sunflowers, stands to the right.
"I create work that pleases me, that thrills me, that speaks to me. But it has to tell a story that is profound.”