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Modern Art Meets Art History: “Jig Saw” by Joe Semprini
August 8, 2022: https://sempriniartworks.com/jig-saw-by-joe-semprini/
The History of the Jig Saw Puzzle and what inspired “Jig Saw” by Joe Semprini.
The history of the Jig Saw Puzzle can be traced back to the nineteenth century when a wooden puzzle was the most popular type of jigsaw puzzle. During the Great Depression, the puzzles became a popular distraction for those looking for an inexpensive way to pass time. Many companies started mass-producing puzzles made from cardboard. The technique of die-cutting these puzzles significantly reduced their cost. These puzzles became a popular source of entertainment for the general public, and advertisers began to use them to spread their own images. Jigsaw puzzle companies also began to explore the creative designs of nature. By the 1900s, cardboard jigsaw puzzles had become the dominant product, and the antique wooden puzzles were a rare, high-end item.
Throughout the 18th century, a new market for the puzzle emerged in London. In 1740, a tradesman named Thomas Boreman was publishing a series of infant books. In his apprenticeship, Spilsbury was exposed to dissected maps, and he may have received some instruction from Madame de Beaumont. William Darton was a keen marketer who helped spur the development of the jig saw puzzle.
In the early nineteenth century, jigsaw puzzles were originally meant to teach geography to affluent children. John Spilsbury, a London-based mapmaker, crafted the first jigsaw puzzle in the 1760s. His idea of a puzzle involving a dissected world map was so popular that the Royal Family even had a large cabinet made for it.
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In this new podcast “The Artist’s Heart, Conversations with Joe Semprini” Joe talks with guest artists about the power of creativity and creating art from the heart to heal from his own Cancer, and bring joy to the lives of art lovers.
Joseph Semprini has been an artist all his life and rode the wave to Hollywood and the west coast celebrity art scene with all the excitement of the seventies and eighties and then never stopped. He did, over time, move from Shirley Temple’s former mansion to a more modest studio in Newport Beach, California.
About Joe Semprini
“I taught school for seven years in Connecticut. And then I said, you know, it’s time to move in grow. And I just actually packed up my car and left. And I landed in Santa Barbara, which was a beautiful area. And I started showing in San Francisco and then I go back to Connecticut make the sculptures or paintings and ship them out to the West Coast or, and do some shows in New York or Boston and then but I was showing her all these galleries on the West Coast and kind of you know, got addicted to the California lifestyle.”
“I never thought I’d be welding up things. When you weld up something and t gets suspended in the air…. It’s just really mind-blowing There’s something about the welding that its hot metal burning. It’s like the core of the Earth coming through the welder as so it’s got this electric feeling for sure..The way they land, the way you set them. It just blows your mind.”