Brick Bracelets Feature
As a mom, I’ve come to dislike Lego.
Sure, they spawn creativity, they entertain my children for hours upon hours.
I dig that!
What I dislike about them is that I am left to pick them up–and sort them.
By the time the last lego brick hits the bin, the madness begins again!
At this point, I’m kicking myself in the butt!
I like to believe I’m creative but then…someone proves me incorrect!
Meet David Haliski of New York, who, instead of griping about those blasted Lego Bricks, embraced them and let his creative mind build masterpieces!
Don’t believe me? Check out his shop, Brick Braclets, and see for yourself! It’s amazing!
“The name Brick Bracelets is representative of the material used in all my jewelry designs and art pieces, LEGO bricks. Originally I started the shop with the bracelet pieces and then branched out into other designs such as rings and other small gifts.”
David is still a kid at heart. “I really feel a great enjoyment while creating my LEGO pieces. I thought many people could relate to these designs and get a similar taste of childhood. Simplicity, innocence and fun. I think many of us would love to have a piece of that back.”
My boys have fond memories of Legos.
My older ones still “create” with them and encourage my Li’l Man. It’s these similar moments that taught David his talent.
“The obsession with these brightly colored plastic pieces began as a child at home. I did not touch them again until about two years ago when I transitioned from paper mosaic pieces into LEGO. I was really attracted to the pure, consistent color of each LEGO brick and how it would translate to my graphic style. I do use my knowledge and experience as a graphic designer to conceptualize and plan out my works.”
While Legos aren’t unique, it’s David’s creative spin on these bricks that sets Brick Bracelets apart from others.
“What makes these pieces unique is the fact that they are all created by hand by myself, a LEGO artist. I currently show many pieces at Clawflowers in Greenport, NY. I wanted to create a line that was fun and affordable for people that enjoy my LEGO mosaic and sculpture pieces. Someone may not be able to take a 48” x 48” Spam mosaic (which contains over 23,000 bricks) home but they could go home with a ring, bracelet or other small gifts that could be equally enjoyable.”
After looking through David’s creations, I might just change my mind—maybe LEGOs weren’t created to drive me over the edge.
There’s a lot of fun stuff. For David, his favorite absolute favorite creation is “As far as items in the shop, I would have to say the LEGO Heart. It is simple yet beautiful and fun at the same time. In regards to my fine art pieces, I really love how the McDonalds Big Mac Meal turned out.
David is inspired by “Pop culture, color, my wife, everyday life, galleries, travel, Warhol, Lichtenstein, new experiences.”
His process is more than just that bin of bricks. “I try to create things I think people would enjoy and are different. I sit and work with different configurations of LEGO bricks that could work nicely for a specific piece. I use inspiration and real like objects for reference especially for my 3D pieces.”
When he’s not creating with legos, David likes to “Travel is a huge one, my wife and I were in Japan a few months back and in Sweden back in April. We try to get away a couple of times a year. It really recharges one’s self and opens up whole new creative perspectives.”
David says one craft he doesn’t know how to do, but wishes he did is “Working with glass has always interested me. The way it is manipulated and layered is really impressive.”
Finding time to craft is sometimes a challenge for most of us, for David, “Creating my LEGO designs is almost therapeutic. It relaxes me, gets me off the computer and allows me to work with my hands. I usually find time a couple of times a week after work on weekends.”
When asked what his greatest accomplishments in life thus far is, David replied, “Wow that is really tough to pick one. My career as an Art Director has been a proud goal of mine that has been fulfilled. My marriage is certainly another. I am trying to bring my work as a LEGO artist and designer up to those levels.”
Ten years from now “I would love to have my own shop and studio workspace where people could see my works, including those in progress, and pick up some unique LEGO gifts.”
You won’t find David’s art just in Brick Bracelets. “I currently show many of my LEGO pieces at Clawflowers in Greenport, NY. If you are in the area, especially in the summer for the vineyards, stop in for some fun pieces. You can also find Brick Bracelets at Verbena also in Greenport, NY.”
His work is also seen in his LEGO Gallery (which is one of the “coolest” sites I’ve seen) and his LEGO Blog.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. The opinions above are my own and were not in any way influenced by the sponsor. Other’s experiences may vary.
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