We didn't make it this first round, but we'll be back with some exciting features, generous rewards, and a couple of ways to make you an even bigger part of our story!
A note from the designers
Hi! We're Gerd Åsta Bones and Mike Naylor from Vanvikan, Norway. We run a math creativity center and love to use beautiful ideas from mathematics to design fun and interesting inventions. We've made some puzzles that are really fun and we want to turn them into a product to be sold world-wide. We need your help!
Tessellations are designs made from repeating shapes. We've found a brand-new method to make puzzles from tessellations – really! There are no other puzzles that use tessellation artwork in the way we do! We've found different ways to cut the designs so that the pieces can be arranged to make interesting geometric shapes so that every puzzle is many puzzles in one. This design process is really difficult. The pieces can't be too small. They need to be able to fit together in a lot of ways to make lots of challenges using all of the pieces. The artwork needs to be just right, and the cuts need to be in exactly the right places. Few pieces of art pass the challenge. We've spent hundreds of hours with design and redesign and tried out dozens of different artworks. We've made five puzzles that we're really proud of and happy with!
Please take a look at what we've made - fun and challenging puzzles based on designs of modern mathematical artists. We'd love it if you'd help bring this project to life! Thanks!
Five Incredible Puzzles
We've created a new kind of puzzle using artwork from modern masters from around the world. Tessellations are designs from shapes that fit together tightly with no gaps or overlapping. Artists have found many exciting designs with tessellations – we've found a new method to cut these designs to make puzzles that can be put together in many ways.
Each puzzle is made from pieces in the shapes of animals that fit together perfectly. Each of these puzzles can be rearranged to make a set of whole animals or a variety of surprising geometric shapes. Inside the frame of each puzzle is a series of challenges – use all of the pieces to create the shapes in each challenge, or explore other shapes you can make! Can you pack them back into the frame again?
It feels magical to have organic shapes turns into geometric figures and back again!
Each of these puzzles is based on a different structure, so every puzzle has a very different feel. We've experimented for hundreds of hours to find the right designs and discover ways to cut them so that each set can make a whole number of animals, pack together in an interesting shape in the frame, and make an incredible variety of forms. You'll be able to discover many more shapes and be challenged again and again!
Artwork by international masters
We've licensed artwork from some of the greatest modern masters of mathematical art from around the world. We're happy to help support these artists by purchasing the rights to use their works, and in the process we've made friends with wonderful people from around the world!
1. Box O'Roos
These awesome kangaroos are based on the artwork of Bruce Bilney from Australia. This 15 piece puzzle can make 8 whole kangaroos and magically pack together to make boxes of different sizes. Watch out! This puzzle can trick you when you're reassembling in the frame, as it's easy to fit the wrong piece in the wrong place. Once you understand the structure you'll be able to construct all the puzzles and show off your mastery!
Difficulty level: ★★☆☆☆
15 pieces, 8 whole kangaroos, 5 challenges.
Based on rectangles, with a periodic tiling pattern of two reflected kangaroos.
These exceptionally cute birds are from artwork of David Bailey of England. These birds fit together in all directions so you can explore symmetry and try to make the 9 different challenges inside the frame. The pieces are very satisfying to slide together, and the challenges vary from simple to puzzling. The birds are in two different shades so you can experiment with color and rotation patterns.
Difficulty level: ★★★☆☆
32 pieces, 18 whole birds, 10 challenges.
Base on squares with pieces that are rotationally symmetric.
3. Equus Rhombus
These elegant horses are of a design by the French tessellation master Alain Nicolas. Identical horses fit together beautifully with 3-fold symmetry to make exciting forms. It seems amazing that these complex pieces fit together so beautifully... you might want more than one set so you can combine them and build the pattern out further and further!
Difficulty level: ★★★★☆
21 pieces, 12 whole horses, 5+ challenges.
Based on a rhombus with a periodic tessellation pattern with 3-fold rotational symmetry.
This fascinating pair of animals is created by Norwegian math artist Mike Naylor. This set of bears and geese fit together in so many different ways you'll never get tired of exploring the shapes you can make. The edges are identical curves, some "out" and some "in". Any "out" curve fits with any "in" curve, so you can make all kinds of patterns. The edge pieces give you outside and inside corners which lets you makes lots of cool geometric shapes!
Difficulty level: ★★★★☆
54 pieces, 24 whole geese and 24 whole bears, 7+ challenges.
Two different tiles that can tessellate periodically or non-periodically.
These six different animals are so much fun to fit together! Based on the work of world master artist Makoto Nakamura from Japan, we found a way to cut some of the pieces to create mind-bending puzzles that will push the limits of your problem-solving. The frame is in two sections, making this fun to solve with a friend. Warning! This puzzle is extremely difficult!
Difficulty level: ★★★★★
50 pieces, 6 of each kind of animal: birds, rabbits, cats, dogs, fish and mice. 5+ challenges.
Shapes can tessellate periodically and non-periodically.
Beautiful art, exciting challenges
People of all ages love these puzzles. Your children will learn geometry and visualization skills. Your friends will love discovering the surprising shapes they can make. And your family will have fun solving the puzzles together.
Each puzzle in the Tessellation Masters puzzle series is a beautiful piece of art that you can keep on your coffee table to delight and fascinate your guests.
We'll also build a website so you learn about the artists and their works, get additional challenges with the puzzles, and find free resources for how to use these puzzles at home and school to learn about shapes and symmetry.
Material and packaging
In our pictures and videos, the puzzles are cut from fiberboard. The final project will be made from birch plywood lacquered in a natural tone to protect the wood. Here are samples from our production facility - notice the clean lines and smoke-free surface. They look great! The pieces are 4 mm thick with an 8 mm thick frame.
Each puzzle is shrink-wrapped with an insert that includes the information needed for displaying and selling in a store or as a fundraiser – a fun description, artist info, our company info and safety information (pictures to the left).
If you order the complete set, or several complete sets as in our gift pack or retail pack, each set of 5 individually wrapped puzzles will be bundled together with an additional full-size sheet describing all of the puzzles (picture on the right).
We need your help!
We have a dream of seeing these puzzles all over the world as we continue to design and create fun projects. Arranging production, shipping and marketing in international markets is a big job that takes a lot of time and resources. By pledging your support, you're helping us get up and running. We couldn't do it without your help, and we welcome you as an important part of this story!
Your support means the world to us. We think you and your friends and your family are really going to love these puzzles. Please share the word!
Credit: Video music track courtesy of bensound.com
Risks and challenges
This is a low-risk project. All of the puzzle designs are complete and the prototypes have been tested and revised again and again. We're very happy with these puzzles!
The first samples have been ordered from the factory. If we are satisfied with the quality we place the order immediately after meeting our funding goal and begin delivery on time. A problem with the factory could mean a delay, but we'll keep you updated every step of the way!
Our biggest challenge is in the logistics of setting up with an international fulfilment center. We are based in Norway, and overseas shipping is expensive from Scandanavia. We are arranging with an overseas distribution center so that our backers in the U.S. and elsewhere can get low shipping costs. There may be delays beyond our control in the chain from production, delivery from the factory to the fulfilment center and then shipping to you.
We are confident this project will be completed and believe our timeline is realistic.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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