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Ellen Giggenbach

Ellen Giggenbach was born in Bavaria, Germany. She now lives in the seaside village of Eastbourne in New Zealand. After studying Graphic Art in Vienna for 2 years, she went on to receive a New Zealand Diploma with Distinction in Design. After several years as a successful freelance illustrator, Ellen has realised her dream of opening her own retail outlet.  

For 4 years, her store“ ELLEN G” in Petone has been selling her prints, homewares and paper products all featuring her designs. Her art works are inspired by traditional European folk art, her unique natural environment and love of the distinctive colours and forms of mid century illustration and design. Each piece starts its life as an idea only. Piece by piece it grows like a puzzle, layers are added  till even one more element would upset a carefully crafted balance of shape and colour. Ellen’s art works are unashamedly decorative and joyful. Vibrant yet sophisticated, intuitive yet precise.

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Ellen's Puzzles

Wellington Puzzle
Wellington Puzzle
Wellington Puzzle
Wellington Puzzle
Wellington Puzzle
Wellington Puzzle

Wellington Puzzle

$26.00

The artist illustrated her city Wellington during New Zealand’s long isolation early last year. With the luxury of time she slowly kept building it like a puzzle, everyday adding more landmarks that brought the “coolest little city “ as it’s often called, to life. Its perfect karma then that we ended up turning this colorful and layered illustration into a puzzle. 

  • Assembled puzzle size: 13” W x 19” H
  • 300 piece jigsaw puzzle
  • Includes 1 reference art insert
  • ESKA® 100% recycled board & non-toxic
         vegetable-based ink
  • Random ribbon-cut pieces
  • Package size: 5” Dia x 6” H
  • Recommended age: 13+ years
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Ellen's Puzzles

Ruru Owl Puzzle
Ruru Owl Puzzle
Ruru Owl Puzzle
Ruru Owl Puzzle
Ruru Owl Puzzle
Ruru Owl Puzzle

Ruru Owl Puzzle

$32.00

With its luminous, piercing eyes, the New Zealand Ruru is one of the region’s favorite and most iconic native birds. Its melancholic call delighted the artist, inspiring a colorful, geometric tribute that evokes its piercing call, ringing across the bay at night.


  • Assembled puzzle size: 19.25” W x 26.625” H
  • 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
  • Includes 2 reference art inserts
  • ESKA® 100% recycled board & non-toxic
         vegetable-based ink
  • Random ribbon-cut pieces
  • Package size: 5” Dia x 10” H
  • Recommended age: 13+ years
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