‘I feel I have finally arrived as an artist because people everywhere will be putting together one of my watercolours when they tackle the jigsaw’
It all started with a painting of a foal named Icon. This is a familiar story as there is often a good story behind images used for custom jigsaws. Equine artist and local Newton Abbot resident, Rosalind Summers, is a loyal and dedicated supporter of the Devon based Mare and Foal Sanctuary. A visit to the Sanctuary and her meeting of the gorgeous foal, Icon, inspired her to paint a wonderful watercolour. Rosalind generously donated her beautiful painting to the Sanctuary for use as the image for their first ever jigsaw.
The Sanctuary approached us to create a custom jigsaw to sell on their website and feature in their 2022 mail order catalogue. This was to help raise funds for their vital work of rescuing, rehabilitating and retraining horses and ponies. Sustainability was at the forefront of our initial conversation, with a request to complete an ‘eco audit’ to reinforce our planet friendly ethos. Having a jigsaw factory in the same county meant their jigsaw had a low product footprint which was important to the Sanctuary.
Their custom jigsaw contains no plastic. The Sanctuary opted to replace the recyclable polybag with a cloth bag to contain their 1000 piece jigsaw. The millboard jigsaw is made from 100% recycled board and no shrink wrap is used.
Rosalind Summers is so proud of her painting being used for a jigsaw. She told the Sanctuary … “I have been telling friends in the village here that I feel I have finally arrived as an artist because people everywhere will be putting together one of my watercolours when they tackle the jigsaw”.
The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is celebrating its 30th Anniversary of becoming a fully fledged charity this year. They have told us …”Our jigsaw has been selling amazingly well and the feedback from our supporters has been fab”.
This is a great example of how manufacturing a custom jigsaw for your business can not only bring in much needed revenue, but galvanise a community and supporters to try new ideas and renew fresh interest.
See the great work of the Mare and Foal Sanctuary at www.mareandfoal.org