Artifact Kids’ Puzzles

By Alison Brownrigg

July 17, 2012

A UW professor and her friend produce creatively crafted (and eco-friendly) puzzles for kids.

This article originally appeared in the August 2012 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Image Credit: 

Christine Cox

Score a little quiet family time with the help of a gorgeous, locally made wooden jigsaw puzzle. Wallingford-based Artifact Puzzles—founded by UW electrical engineering professor Maya Gupta and her friend Maria Berg—affixes soy-based ink prints (including “Mad Tea Party,” shown below, by Seattle artist Justin Hillgrove) to eco-friendly plywood, which is then laser-cut into whimsical shapes that often reflect the theme of the piece: flowers, airplanes, mammals and abstract swirls. The result? One-of-a-kind puzzles that make for a fun after-dinner project.

$18–$120; available at the Seattle Art Museum gift shop, on and 


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