LITTLE ELM, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Growing up, Ericka Chambers and her brother William Jones loved spending hours putting together puzzles.
“My mom said too much TV and video games would turn our minds to mush,” Chambers fondly recounted as she sat in her little elm tree with her brother, as the two carefully arranged the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. which they had created themselves.
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The puzzle was part of a catalog of puzzle games under their company, Puzzles of Color.
Earlier this year, the duo began producing puzzles featuring artistic images of black family life, children, and uplifting themes.
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“When searching for puzzles, we couldn’t find any featuring black people or minorities in general. We want to celebrate artists of color and help promote the use of puzzles, as a way to bond with the family,” Chambers explained.
In his garage, the sister and brother operate a small production warehouse.
Stacks of colorful renderings of art created by African American artists are manually placed into a jigsaw cutting machine, producing 500 to 1,000 jigsaw pieces, depending on size.
Since June, color puzzles have become a popular gift, and holiday orders are stacked around the house, and the brother-sister duo pass on a family pastime with a dash of diversity on display.
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