A little piece of
will soon be a part of a worldwide art piece. Local artist and owner of Limner Press Wendy Shaft is participating in a "City of the World" puzzle print project organized by 1000 Woodcuts
in Las Vegas.
The project invites 100 artists from around the world to contribute one wooden puzzle piece to one puzzle. When Shaft heard about the project she wanted to be a part of it as an opportunity to fit a meaningful, creative endeavor into her busy life.
"As a business owner, I have so much going on" says Shaft. "I thought this could be a way for me to share my work other parts of the world. I say to people who are artists and who are busy, 'find a project that you have time to do and be a part of it.'"
Shaft's puzzle piece is about five inches square. She has carved a floral pattern into the block, including a tulip tree.
"It turns out that tulip trees are native to Michigan," Shaft said. "I'm very inspired by William Morris. He also did letterpress projects. He's like a kindred sprit of that past."
Shaft's block is now complete and will be sent to 1000 Woodcuts to be included in the puzzle. The fully-assembled work of art will be completed by the end of 2011.