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

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/.

Ep.2 – Rohan Beckett

Greg is introduced to the wonderful world of GBC (great ball contraptions) after chatting with an Aussie GBC expert, Rohan Beckett. Greg learns how GBCs blend fun, engineering and problem-solving together, including some of the ingenious ways GBCs transport balls from point A to B. Rohan shares the joys but also the unique challenges of engaging in this niche LEGO area. Despite GBCs being one of the more popular displays at conventions, Greg hears how exhibiting GBCs can feel like wrangling 100 toddlers!

For a chance to view Rohan’s amazing GBCs, visit his YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoHDc70y6GUu7fM_isgRPxQ. And if you want to pick Rohan’s brain, you’ll find him at the following Facebook groups: OZLUG: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OZLUGAustralianLegoUserGroup LEGO Technic Australia: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1490126504538763 Australian GBC Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/763230430392160 . -- 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.1 – Humans of Brickvention

Welcome to For the Love of Brick’s first episode for 2021! To launch Season 2, we are releasing a special episode in celebration of this week’s Brickvention, Australia’s LEGO fan convention hosted in Melbourne. Greg hears from a collection of AFOLs who share their fondest experiences of Brickvention. Common themes of community, creativity and sharing their love of LEGO with their peers and the wider community are throughout this little episode.

Special thanks for this week’s guests: Bailey Fullarton (flickr.com/photos/bfbricks/) Jay Ong (instagram.com/jayong28/) Rohan Beckett (facebook.com/groups/763230430392160/) Wade Davey (youtube.com/watch?v=VVp_A83k8fo) Jason Cichon (flickr.com/[email protected]) Sue Ann Barber (bricknerd.com) Steve Reynolds (youtube.com/channel/UC5sSICdD8nQFKT0Tttm_PWg) Richard Jones (instagram.com/ramblingbrick/) Kale Frost (instagram.com/frostbricks/)

If your calendar is clear this weekend, you can visit Brickvention from the comfort of your own home as it’s moved online this year. Definitely worth a look: brickvention.online/

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Ep.19 – Christmas Special 2020

In this final episode for 2020, our first ever Christmas Special, we finally learn more about our host, Greg McDonald, and why he thought we needed yet another podcast in this world! We hear from previous guests on how LEGO helped them through 2020, including Greg’s own tale of how LEGO helped him survive self-isolation due to a COVID scare. Greg basically thanks the entire world for the podcast… but seriously, thanks to all our guests, listeners and everyone involved in helping make For the Love of Brick come to life. And happy festive season to you all!

Big shout out to this week’s guests: James Pegrum - Brick to the Past: (https://www.instagram.com/bricktothepast/) Megan Lum and Alice Finch - Women’s Brick Initiative: (https://www.instagram.com/thewomensbrick/) Kale Frost – Frost Bricks: (https://www.instagram.com/frostbricks/) Loretta Sanford – UNLEASH: (https://www.instagram.com/littleoldlegolady/) Marco Andre – 100 LEGO Stories: (https://www.instagram.com/100legostories/) )

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