Life is Puzzling

Life is full of puzzles, is it not?  And although we continue to try we can not solve them all. However, over at Art (Therapy) + Happiness we decided to share the puzzle of what makes our lives meaningful through an art swap using actual puzzles. 

Swap puzzle-sm

I sourced 10 identical blank puzzles of 20 pieces each and opened the swap up to 10 participants.  Each participant was sent a full blank puzzle.  The name of each participant was written on the back of two of the pieces.   As long as I have this right in theory each person will end up with a complete puzzle with there name on the back of all the pieces.  I hope I do have it right!

The participants were then asked to create an image(s) on their blank puzzle, either as a whole or individual pieces, while keeping in mind what brings meaning to their lives. The the puzzles were then broken up and two pieces sent off to each of the participants.

puzzle swap

Over the last week or so I have been delighted when I go to my mail box and there are small packages of two pieces created by someone else.  It is such fun to put them together and watch my puzzle grow. (Three more to arrive.)  As one participant put it: “It is amazing how each additional piece is writing an unfolding story!” thanks Lyn.

It is nice to know that I am connected with all the other participants in this creative way.  Thank you to all the wonderful participants.

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7 Comments on “Life is Puzzling”

  1. Karin Foxwell August 29, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    what a wonderful idea…similar to the travelling postcards I guess….magic does happen, does it not?

    • Janet August 29, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      You are so right Karin, magic does happen and the interesting thing is how great the positive impact of this is.

  2. Lani August 29, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    What a delight! Must try this!

  3. Hannah September 1, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Janet, this sounds like a great idea for team building as well! Also something that could be done in a family therapy setting; a way of seeing that every family member’s pieces are an important part of the whole. Thank you!

  4. LEFEVRE December 11, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    très belle idée!!!! merciiiii

  5. kylegroup June 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Reblogged this on Create & Be Well and commented:
    She has wonderful ideas for art therapy projects.

  6. innercanvas June 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    This is such a wonderful idea!!! I know of several groups who will love it. Thanks!!

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