For the last two years Mary has been tirelessly building and creating her happy place through LEGO! She's a huge Adult fan of LEGO (AFOL) and has loved discovering the creativity and joy she finds through LEGO building.
Mary, who has cerebral palsy, first discovered her love for LEGO at Dreamworld in 2017. The trip kickstarted a new passion for Mary when she built her first LEGO piece - a VW Beetle model - with minimal assistance.
Not only does her love of LEGO allow her to get creative, she has even said her hands have become stronger and more responsive since starting her LEGO journey, due to the intricate detail required in many of her LEGO pieces.
Brick building not only gives me an outlet to transcend my physical limitations and take my mind off pain and discomfort, it has also given me a way to express myself through a creative hobby that is both mainstream and inclusive.
While many people display their LEGO creations at home, last year Mary was able to hold her first exhibition called My Happy Place! It housed a fantastic collection of Mary's LEGO mosaic pieces, as well as an auction of some of her favourites. Different stations were set up: a LEGO photo wall, a children's free building area and a community collective mosaic. Combined all of these brought together all ages and abilities to share in Mary's passion for LEGO.
Through LEGO I have found a creative outlet that not only allows me to share my gifts and talents but has helped to grow in self-confidence and to forever change the way I think about myself and my capabilities.
Mary's show was so much fun for everyone and shows us all how much we can achieve when we have true passion!
Mary is already planning for her next exhibition, due to be held in July 2023. We can't wait to see more of her brilliant artworks. Stay tuned for more details!
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