Exciting times ahead! Early in 2018 I hope to open a studio and gallery dedicated to LEGO architecture. It will be, primarily, a workshop where I can carry out my commissions. However, I’d like to do more than that, and have a permanent gallery of my work (and others’), and the ability to hold workshops and public events.
The space lined up in not massive, but a great starting point. It will be in North Shields, Tyne and Wear.
To help make it happen I’ve launched a Crowdfunder campaign to raise money to kit it out and stock it with LEGO sets and pieces. The idea is that I’ll have open days when people can come and look at the projects I’m working on, and have a go at building their own models.
Please have a look at my Crowdfunder page, and feel free to forward on to anyone who might be interested. There are some great rewards for larger pledges, but anyone who chips in will be invited to the Grand Opening and have a chance for a one-to-one behind-the-scenes tour!
As part of my recent project to build a Metro train from Lego, we ran a colouring competition. Samuel (8) won, with his brilliant Lambton Worm-inspired version. His prize was a Lego version built by me! He was a very happy kid!
See it at The Word, South Shields, until September 30th
Wow, what a great week! 100 mini Master Builders built the other half of my Lego Metro train at The Word in South Shields, and we now have a 3 metre, 1:10 scale Tyne and Wear Metro train. I was amazed by the skills of the kids who took part, and they all seemed to love the chance to build a section and put in on the model.
The model will stay on display until the end of September at least. The Word is the fantastic new National Centre for the Written Word and is free to access.
Photography by the brilliant Lee Dobson
I can now reveal my latest project – a 3 metre long recreation of a Tyne and Wear Metro train! Well, half of it at least. The other half will be built by a team of 5-11 year olds at The Word in South Shields in August, following instructions I’ve produced for my half. Simple! A fantastic challenge and I’m really excited to see how it will work out.
Tickets to help with the build went incredibly quickly, but the event is free for anyone to come along and watch. It’s August 7th-11th, with the public build sessions running at 10am and 2pm. Hopefully by the Friday afternoon the whole 3 metres will be complete…
What a fantastic weekend! My first experience of Maker Faire as a visitor or exhibitor was great fun. The challenge in my Lego area was to build a bridge that would span the ‘river’ (painted MDF), whilst being high enough to allow a boat to pass, or move in some way. Other than a couple of books about bridges lying around, there was no other instruction or guiding, and the range of bridges that appeared over the two days was brilliant! From 5-minute wonders to carefully thought out and detailed marvels of engineering that took an hour or two, and plenty in between, there was a fantastic display of creativity and imagination. Kids as young as 3 were pleased as punch to put a few pieces together that spanned the river, and plenty of ‘grown ups’ lost themselves for quite some time bringing their visions to life.
Here are a selection of my favourites…
It starts today! All ready for visitors to come and have a go at building some new bridges for the River Tyne – in Lego! Chuffed to be a Headline Maker too. Maker Faire runs April 1st and 2nd at Centre for Life, Newcastle. Tickets available on the door.