For the Love of Brick: Interviews with LEGO Enthusiasts
A podcast celebrating people and their unique connections with LEGO. Hosted by Greg McDonald.

Ep.12 – Corey D. Samuels - The LEGO STEM Teacher from LEGO Masters

In today's episode, Greg chats with Corey D. Samuels, the LEGO STEM Teacher from the first season of LEGO Masters US. Corey talks about how he uses LEGO to enhance students' engagement in his science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes. He discusses his other LEGO projects including his fashion creation, the Brego (LEGO brooch). Corey also chats about starting a charity with his brother Travis called Brothers Who Brick, a project close to their hearts, inspired by Travis’ diagnosis of cancer as a child. Please check out Corey’s website to learn all about his various LEGO projects (STEM classes, Brego and Brothers Who Brick): https://samzbrego.com/ . You can hit Corey up on his socials including his personal one: https://www.instagram.com/samzbrego_llc/ or Brothers Who Brick’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/brothers_who_brick/ . -- Thanks for listening :) Don’t forget to subscribe to us, wherever you get your podcast fix. Drop us a line by email (fortheloveofbrick[at]gmail.com) or at our socials if you want to say hi! Twitter: https://twitter.com/4theloveofbrick, IG: https://www.instagram.com/fortheloveofbrick/, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/forthelovebrick/.

Ep.11 – Nathan Sawaya - Brick artist

Greg had the extraordinaire opportunity to chat with Nathan Sawaya – former corporate lawyer turned brick artist, renowned for his large-scale LEGO sculptures. Nathan is also a LEGO Master Builder, LEGO Certified Professional AND holds four Guinness records for his artwork! Nathan talks about his successful art career and how his art has evolved over the years. He also gives us an insight into his work helping bring the latest season of LEGO Masters US to the screen and how COVID provided additional challenges to the show’s production. For our US listeners, LEGO Masters US Season 2 has officially started:  https://www.fox.com/lego-masters/ . To learn more about Nathan, see his past and current work including exhibition details, please visit https://www.brickartist.com/. Nathan's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nathansawaya/ . -- Thanks for listening :) Don’t forget to subscribe to us, wherever you get your podcast fix. Drop us a line by email (fortheloveofbrick[at]gmail.com) or at our socials if you want to say hi! Twitter: https://twitter.com/4theloveofbrick, IG: https://www.instagram.com/fortheloveofbrick/, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/forthelovebrick/.

Ep.10 – Jay Ong - Jay's Brick Blog

Greg catches up with Jay Ong, a fellow Aussie AFOL behind Jay’s Brick Blog – an independent LEGO blog that started when social media was just in its infancy and influencers weren’t a thing. Jay shares with us why he finds creating media content about LEGO so fulfilling and what he hopes his followers get from following his blog. Jay talks about embracing the type of LEGO fan he is and his latest project ‘Extra Pieces’ – a shiny new LEGO podcast with another Aussie AFOL, Richard Jones (Rambling Brick). Check out Jay’s Brick Blog: https://jaysbrickblog.com/ or follow his socials including his Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/jayong28/. In his spare time, Jay is also creating content for his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JaysBrickBlog/. If that wasn’t enough, he also has a podcast with Richard Jones called ‘Extra Pieces’: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/extra-pieces-lego-conversations-perspectives/id1561004198 . -- Thanks for listening :) Don’t forget to subscribe to us, wherever you get your podcast fix. Drop us a line by email (fortheloveofbrick[at]gmail.com) or at our socials if you want to say hi! Twitter: https://twitter.com/4theloveofbrick, IG: https://www.instagram.com/fortheloveofbrick/, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/forthelovebrick/.

Ep.9 – emiko oye - emikooreware jewelry

Greg chats with the accomplished emiko oye, a US jeweller who creates bold and colourful jewellery using repurposed LEGO. She shares with Greg her LEGO journey - going from having dreams of becoming a fashion designer to having her work exhibited at numerous shows and museums. Greg learns more about the unique qualities of LEGO that make emiko’s jewellery so engaging and how jewellery is considered a serious art form. emiko also talks about how blind luck played a role in connecting her with the LEGO Group, that kick-started their collaborations. To get a chance to ogle at emiko's striking jewellery, please visit https://www.emikooreware.com/. You can also follow her socials: https://www.instagram.com/emikooreware/ and https://www.facebook.com/emikooreware. -- Thanks for listening :) Don’t forget to subscribe to us, wherever you get your podcast fix. Drop us a line by email (fortheloveofbrick[at]gmail.com) or at our socials if you want to say hi! Twitter: https://twitter.com/4theloveofbrick, IG: https://www.instagram.com/fortheloveofbrick/, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/forthelovebrick/.

Ep.8 – Tom Alphin - Brick Architect

This episode features Tom Alphin, the multitalented AFOL who runs the Brick Architect website. Tom has authored The LEGO Architect book and Greg learns more about the process of creating a successfully published LEGO book. They chat about Tom’s resources for the LEGO community, such as the LEGO Storage Guide that helps people identify the most ideal way to organize their LEGO collection. Greg also hears more about his favourite of Tom's creations – the LEGO Brick Labels which helps AFOLs locate pieces amongst those walls of LEGO storage. To follow Tom’s LEGO website, order the book or access the free LEGO storage guide or LEGO Brick labels, visit his website: brickarchitect.com. You can find links to his socials there too. -- Thanks for listening :) Don’t forget to subscribe to us, wherever you get your podcast fix. Drop us a line by email (fortheloveofbrick[at]gmail.com) or at our socials if you want to say hi! Twitter: https://twitter.com/4theloveofbrick, IG: https://www.instagram.com/fortheloveofbrick/, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/forthelovebrick/.

Ep.7 – Marcel Bonnici - Astonishing Studios

Greg chats with Marcel Bonnici, an automation engineer behind the hugely popular YouTube channel ‘Astonishing Studios’, where he showcases his astonishing LEGO creations inspired by vending machines – machines that dispense food to even more advanced machines that actually cook the food! Greg learns more about the evolution of both Marcel’s machines and his YouTube channel, and the challenges of balancing practical mechanics with good-looking designs. Marcel also shares useful tips that may help hopeful LEGO YouTubers in finding success.

To see Marcel’s astonishing creations, please check out his Astonishing Studios YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW-nTiduQso39qU-nwRLFnw. And you can follow him on IG as well: https://www.instagram.com/astonishingstudios/

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Ep.6 – Lachlan Jansen and Brayden Nelson - Ninjago 10 Years of Spinjitzu: A Documentary

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of LEGO Ninjago, Greg meets with Brayden Nelson and Lachlan 'Jan' Jansen - both who teamed up with two other Day 1 Ninjago friends to create an upcoming documentary called Ninjago 10 years of Spinjitzu: A Documentary. Greg gets a rundown on Ninjago including how to actually pronounce the word! They also share the process of tackling this remarkable project. Brayden and Jan share why Ninjago resonates with so many fans and generally rave on about the awesomeness of the show, the talented creators and the dedicated fan community. Please watch the epic trailer for the upcoming release of Ninjago 10 Years of Spinjitzu: A Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDDnKJfniPI . You can follow both guests on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ninja_Whip (Brayden) and  https://twitter.com/Marvellous_Jan (Jan). To further explore Ninjago, visit the Ninjago fan page: https://keepers-of-spinjitzu.com/ or tune in to the Ninjago podcast ‘The Marvellous Cast’ at https://www.youtube.com/c/TheMarvellousCast/ . -- Thanks for listening :) Don’t forget to subscribe to us, wherever you get your podcast fix. Drop us a line by email (fortheloveofbrick[at]gmail.com) or at our socials if you want to say hi! Twitter: https://twitter.com/4theloveofbrick, IG: https://www.instagram.com/fortheloveofbrick/, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/forthelovebrick/.

Ep.5 – Andrew Tuppen and Damian Hinds - Clicking Bricks

Greg meets with Andrew Tuppen and Damian Hinds, known by many as last year’s runner-ups of LEGO Masters Australia, but their love of LEGO extends much further than the limits of the show. They reflect over their time on LEGO Masters but also discuss how the show has allowed them to launch their own LEGO business, Clicking Bricks – where they continue to spread their love of LEGO with others whilst often supporting valuable community organisations and schools in the process. Greg can’t help but get caught up in their genuine joy and enthusiasm for the colourful plastic bricks in this episode. To learn more about Andrew and Damian’s newest LEGO adventure, Clicking Bricks, visit their website: https://www.clickingbricks.com/, or follow their socials on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Entertainment-Website/Clicking-Bricks-106409857691576/ and IG: https://www.instagram.com/clickingbricks_au/ . -- Thanks for listening :) Don’t forget to subscribe to us, wherever you get your podcast fix. Drop us a line by email (fortheloveofbrick[at]gmail.com) or at our socials if you want to say hi! Twitter: https://twitter.com/4theloveofbrick, IG: https://www.instagram.com/fortheloveofbrick/, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/forthelovebrick/.

Ep.4 – Kate Hunter - Brick Huntress

Greg gets to wear his cultural hat this episode as he chats with US Brick Artist, Kate Hunter, known for her striking mosaics, ranging from recreations of 1960s Pop Art to her own original creations.  Kate shares how creating mosaics was initially a way for her family to cope with COVID lockdown, and how her mosaic sets spread beyond her home, bringing joy and comfort to other members of the local community. Greg and Kate chat about Kate finding LEGO as her art medium and how the LEGO Art range could be broadening the appeal of LEGO to a wider audience. To check out Kate’s extraordinaire mosaics plus her regular live streams with a fellow AFOL, please visit her IG: https://www.instagram.com/brickhuntress/. And if you fancy having an idea or photograph made into a LEGO mosaic, hit her up by email: brickhuntressmosaics[at]gmail.com -- Thanks for listening :) Don’t forget to subscribe to us, wherever you get your podcast fix. Drop us a line by email (fortheloveofbrick[at]gmail.com) or at our socials if you want to say hi! Twitter: https://twitter.com/4theloveofbrick, IG: https://www.instagram.com/fortheloveofbrick/, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/forthelovebrick/.

Ep.3 – Chris Smith - FC Brickstand

Greg chats with British AFOL Chris Smith from FC Brickstand, a brick football club from the Buildersliga. Chris explains his transition from recreating football stadiums with LEGO to the creation of a fully-fledged brick football club, complete with fierce competition with other teams, an enthusiastic fan base and a star striker. Greg also learns about the important work Chris does through Pure Brick Studio, a social enterprise via a bricklink store plus creative LEGO studio for people with disabilities. It’s an all-round wholesome episode! Follow Chris’ brick football club, FC Brickstand, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcbrickstand. To view Chris’ LEGO stadium recreations, visit http://brickstand.com/. And check out his meaningful work with people with disabilities through the Pure Brick Studio: https://www.instagram.com/purebrickstudio/ . -- Thanks for listening :) Don’t forget to subscribe to us, wherever you get your podcast fix. Drop us a line by email (fortheloveofbrick[at]gmail.com) or at our socials if you want to say hi! Twitter: https://twitter.com/4theloveofbrick, IG: https://www.instagram.com/fortheloveofbrick/, or FB: https://www.facebook.com/forthelovebrick/.