We are excited to announce the release of TJILI’s new “Art-Cubes” – official Rubik’s Cubes with TJILI’s colourful artwork on the cube faces.
“TJILI is an amazing young girl, a gifted artist and big Rubik’s Cube fan. We are delighted for her beautiful artwork to feature on our Rubik’s Cubes”, said Mike Townend, CEO of Rubik’s Brand Ltd.
The Art-Cubes comprise two Special Edition designs; one entitled Purrrfect, and the other Rainbow Jungle.
The Purrrfect Special Edition Art-Cube showcases five of TJILI’s big-cat paintings: The Player, Tyga, Leon, DandyLion and Top Cat.
The Rainbow Jungle Special Edition is decorated with five other paintings from TJILI's Colourful Creatures collection: Bird. Humming., The Reflections of Baloo, DreamZ, Dottie and Elefante.
Each Special Edition Art-Cube design is restricted to 888 pieces, ever.
The unique Special Edition number of each Art-Cube is printed on its “details” face, with TJILI’s artwork adorning the other five cube faces.
“TJILI’s Art-Cubes represent a wonderful union of art and science”, said James Grant Wetherill, TJILI’s father. “Puzzlers will enjoy both the challenge of solving the legendary Rubik’s Cubes and the beauty of TJILI’s colourful paintings … assuming, of course, they manage to unscramble the Art-Cubes!”, he mused.
For those struggling to solve the Art-Cubes help is at hand! Printed on the ‘details’ cube face is also a QR code.
Scanning this unique code leads to TJILI’s mobile portal which offers “Solver” and “Puzzle” apps (3D digital versions of TJILI’s Art-Cubes; one to play with, the other explaining how the cube can be solved), plus links to other content such as TJILI’s artwork, latest news and videos.
The high-quality Art-Cubes are produced using original Rubik’s Cubes (“the world's top-selling puzzle game … widely considered to be the world's best-selling toy” per Wikipedia) by Rubik's official production partners Design Your Cube (“DYC”).
DYC are creators of the Rubik's Photo Cube and QRCUBE (the QR technology and mobile site with Solver/Puzzle apps, as used on TJILI’s Art-Cubes).
“We are very happy to work on the remarkable and exciting Art-Cube project”, said Julien Selz, CEO of DYC. “TJILI’s art is wonderful and we are honoured to create Art-Cubes bearing her beautiful designs”.
After 3-years of R&D in collaboration with Rubik’s Brand, DYC has created the perfect cube medium tailored exclusively for their high-quality printing techniques.
TJILI’s Art-Cubes have a totally flat surface, very small gaps, and extremely smooth mechanism.
DYC technology delivers an excellent print quality that faithfully reflects the colours and definition of TJILI’s original paintings.
Brand: Original Rubik’s Cubes
Produced By: Design Your Cube (official Rubik's partners)
Art-Cube Designs: Purrrfect and Rainbow Jungle
Special Edition: Limited to 888 pieces, ever
Cube Weight: 98g
Cube Size: 57mm x 57mm x 57mm
TJILI’s reaction to unboxing the first batch of Art-Cubes was to throw her arms in the air and squeal with delight. Having a collection of over 80 Rubik’s and other multi-dimensional puzzle cubes, TJILI is delighted to now have her very own cube designs.
In October 2017 TJILI attended her first UK Cubing Association (UKCA) event; the Weston-super-Mare Open 2017 (WSMO '17). Inspired by the large turnout of speed-cubers, TJILI relished the competitive atmosphere of the event and managed to smash her personal best 3x3 time (from 3m 5s down to 1m 44s).
“It was great meeting TJILI and seeing the enthusiasm she has towards cubing. It was lovely that she enjoyed the Open experience and spending time with her fellow cubers. It was amazing to also learn about TJILI's artwork, Art-Cubes, and other endeavours. We wish TJILI all the very best with her cubing progress and look forward to seeing her at future competitions”, said Chris Wright from the WSMO '17 team.
TJILI also received a friendly welcome from the UKCA committee at WSMO '17. Despite both competing in the Open and overseeing its hectic event schedule, Daniel Sheppard (President) and James Molloy (VP/Treasurer) kindly made time to meet TJILI and hear more about her story and Art-Cubes. Initial discussions about the possibility of adding TJILI’s Art-Cubes to the event roster for future UKCA Open competitions were well received.
And TJILI’s even hoping that she may get to meet her hero, Ernő Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube later in the year.
Exciting times. "Amazing. Yay. Wow!!", as TJILI would say. xx