Review: Floral Passage by Kenojuak Ashevak

Before I review Pomegranate’s 100 piece puzzle “Floral Passage” by artist Kenojuak Ashevak, I must admit something to you guys: I haven’t been able to finish a puzzle for ages! I’ve started 3 in the past few months. One, unfortunately, was put back in the box by my roommate when my kittens learned to jump on the table and mess with the pieces while I was on vacation. The second had a few pieces that, after falling to the floor, were eaten by my puppy and so I gave up on it even though the Puzzle Doctor exists to help with the problem of missing pieces. The third is wrapped up in a puzzle mat, to be finished and reviewed soon.

This puzzle is part of Pomegranate’s Artpiece series and is 8 x 10 inches, so a small feat and therefore perfect for the type of person (like me) who has limited time and space to put together a puzzle without it getting messed up.

Size reference: The tiny adorable tin box isn’t much bigger than my keys, meaning if I want to put back the pieces, the box is small and easy to store away somewhere! If I decide to glue the puzzle and frame it, the tin still features the lovely artwork and can be refashioned for another use, like holding recipes or stamps, etc.

Charletta previously reviewed for us Charley Harper’s puzzle “Under the Sweetgum Tree,” which is also part of the Artpiece series.

The following items in the chart was rated on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

Picture Quality: 5
Level of detail: 2
Piece Size: 4
How the pieces are cut: 4
Overall quality: 4.5

Now, I know the “level of detail” score is really low, but that’s only because the art is simplistic—which is also why I bought this particular puzzle. I think Keojuak Ashevak’s work here is beautiful and charming, so even though the level of detail score is low, it isn’t at all a deterrent for this puzzle.

I was unfamiliar with Ashevak’s work before, but Pomegranate featured a small artist bio blurb on the back of the box. She was born in an igloo in 1927 and was part of a family that tracked seals and herds of caribou. In her youth she decorated sealskin bags and in 1958 she became successful at “transforming the plants and animals of the inuit world into radiant works of art.” I was actually so intrigued with her work that I looked her up on our website to find that she is also part of the Pomegranate Kids series with her piece “Owl at the Centre.”

I found the pieces very easy to work with. They were sturdy and the quality of the art on the pieces was clear and not at all blurry. I was especially fond of the feel of the pieces. They felt smooth and matte-like.

Because there were so few pieces, it was easy to sort them but it wasn’t so easy that they immediately came together. The white edges, especially, meant I had to pay attention to shape and fit rather than picture. In the photo below, you can see that I had trouble in one section. Those bold white and thin blue strips at the right edge of the photo were misplaced by me and I had to swap them around.



I tried to challenge myself with this puzzle by timing myself. I finished it in one sitting:




I have plans to do more Pomegranate Artpiece puzzles in the future because I really like Pomegranate’s selection and I think the piece count and size are perfect for my puzzling needs. I intend to keep timing myself to try and see just how good I can get with 100 pieces before moving up in piece count!

Here is the finished product, with Casper the cat and his friend Emerson admiring it in all its glory:


2 thoughts on “Review: Floral Passage by Kenojuak Ashevak

  1. Susanna

    August 24, 2013 8:50

    I haven’t tried the minis but I LOVE the feel of the 300 piece and 500 piece ones! Luckily my remaining dog leaves mne alone but I can’t imagine trying to leave a puzzle out when they were puppies! really don’t know what I’d do if I get a kitty like I’ve been thinking about – guess I’ll have to close the door to the room or use the portapuzzle and close it up. I’ve done several of the Sunsout minis and a few Jumbo 150 piece ones – they’re nice for lunch breaks or working on off and on on lunch and other breaks at work or before sleeping. they dont have the nice small boxes though but there’s more detail so the bigger picture on the bigger box i appreciated and needed! Looking the picture on the box the artwork doesn’t appeal to me but seeing the pieces I think it would be soothing to work with the lines and shapes. not being so busy makes it soothing too.

    • Megan Fajardo

      August 24, 2013 4:01

      Have you looked at part of the other puzzles in the Pomegranate Artpiece series? There’s lots of different artwork, maybe one would appeal to you! The pieces look and feel so lovely, you should try one out!

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