Furloughed worker found inspiration creating LEGO portraits

A Fine Arts graduate has been creating LEGO portraits of cultural icons while furloughed from work.

Charlotte Tyrer, a Fine Arts graduate from Nottingham has been using LEGO creativity to stave off furlough boredom. When she was sent home from work due to the coronavirus lockdown, Charlotte started to build LEGO mosaics.

“It’s given me a reason to get up in the morning and get started and get creative,” Charlotte tells the BBC. “There are approximately 2,500 pieces per LGO portrait so it could take one day or it could take up to a week.

“I kind of use my artwork to go to my happy place and I do find using LEGO a very relaxing process.”

It is that relaxation that the LEGO Group hopes will attract more adults to the product, with LEGO Art specifically catering for those who want to be able to create pictures using LEGO elements. Following unique instructions, fans will be able to use single tiles or studs to create mosaics when the theme launches on August 1.

“I used to play with it with my brother and sister, it reminds me of my childhood.”

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Graham was the BrickFanatics.com Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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