JIGGY was founded by Kaylin Marcotte who at the time was working long hours at an early-stage startup and began doing puzzles as a nightly meditation. She loved the stress relieving effects but found the designs to be outdated and uninspired. Kaylin started dreaming of a puzzle that would be beautiful for both the doing and the decorating, that would look good before, during and after completion. She knew she wanted to support and highlight the work of amazing female artists and after a year of curating the art and reimagining and designing the packaging, JIGGY was born. Each JIGGY puzzle was proudly designed by a female artist, ships carbon neutral and comes in a reusable glass jar that includes a tube of puzzle glue so you can display your inspiring piece of artwork once completed.
In honor of Women's History Month, Goody is excited to partner with JIGGY and two of their female artists to bring two works of art onto our platform as digital cards.
Developing themes and imagery that celebrate the natural world and the female form, hamburg-based illustrator Danii Pollehn works in a range of media creating paintings, printed editions, digital illustration and pattern design.
Free from cliches, her visual work combines her love for botanical illustration and womanhood, capturing the joy and freedom of self expression in her growing collection of bold, colourful, dynamic and energetic illustrations. Working predominantly on editorial and lifestyle commissions for the likes of Adobe, UPS, Victionary Publishing, Volkswagen and P&G, Danii’s distinctive illustrations can be applied to any number of commissions from branding, packaging and advertising campaigns.
1. You describe female figurines in their daily situation as your favorite thing to illustrate. Can you tell us a bit about how that came to be such a passion within your artwork and what you love about that subject?
Our media is full of pictures presenting unrealistic images and expectations for and about women. I got tired of seeing images that do not reflect women living their true and authentic selves, instead trying to sell us a reality, that is in most cases not possible to achieve and undermine our confidence. We are enough the way we are! Daily live situations are the most beautiful bits and pieces to experience and what life is all about.
2. We’re so interested in each artist's creative process and how they keep themselves inspired. Can you tell us a bit about yours?
I love going for walks, observing people and nature as well as connect with people, having coffee together and just talk - about daily life situations or just simply having a good time. Traveling is also a huge inspiration especially when it comes to color combinations or different cultures.
Ponnopozz is the art and studio of Adrianne Hawthorne. Adrianne uses vivid colors in unexpected combinations to create wild, colorful acrylic and gouache paintings. Color has always been her main source of inspiration.
Adrianne comes from a graphic design background but prefers the act of making art with her own hands. She initially felt uneasy putting so much of herself out into the world, but has since felt a satisfaction that she never found in corporate America. Ponnopozz is named after two imaginary friends, Ponno and Pozzer, that the artist had as a child. The name is a daily reminder of the unbridled creativity of childhood that she continues to nurture through the act of painting and drawing.
Adrianne is currently based in Chicago where she owns and operates the Ponnopozz Studio and Store. She lives with her partner, Seth, and their three cats.
1. The name of your studio, Ponnopozz, comes from the names of two imaginary friends you had as a child and serves as a reminder of the unbridled creativity of childhood. Can you share a bit about your creative process and how you keep yourself inspired in this way?
I try to remind myself that art is about play. There are no rules. When I get in my own head, or start to feel perfection creeping in, I think of myself as a three year old kid, drawing in a notebook. I think to myself, what would she do in this situation? That always helps me loosen up and keep the process of making art fun and exploratory.
2. We’d love to hear about your favorite piece of your own art and why it’s meaningful to you.
It's hard to pick favorites but there is one that stands out. It's the first piece I ever created as Ponnopozz and it's hanging in my home to remind me of where I started. It's a painting of a plant in a pot and it's named Annunziata.