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#birds #Lego #engraving

February 14, 2022

Grace Ebert

35 birds. All images © Roy Scholten, shared with permission

In 2017, designer Roy Scholten and his collaborator Martijn van der Blom introduced LEGO into their typography workshops for elementary school students. Small and accessible to most, the ubiquitous plastic bricks were easier and faster to use than the traditional lead type and were familiar creative tools for many children. Around the same time, the duo also developed a series of LEGO dinosaur prints in subtle gradations, an early collection that inspired Scholten’s ongoing project using this unusual material.

From his studio in Hilversum, Scholten trains dozens of winged creatures found in the Netherlands as part of 50 birds. The 6 x 6 inch designs neatly arrange the rigid blocks into round beaks and bellies with small white lines in between. He describes his process:

Creating a design begins with establishing the outline, overall shape, and posture of the bird in question. Once this puzzle is solved, this construction is then divided again into three to six different “lego stamps”, one for each color. Each stamp is printed in the correct order so that the combination results in the finished design.

Scholten publishes 20 editions of each work and keep an eye on Instagram for his next interpretations of the kingfisher, jay, accentor, blue-headed wagtail and the strange duck. If you’re in the area, he also offers weekly letterpress and monoprint workshops at Grafisch Atelier Hilversum. You might also enjoy these LEGO font studies. (via Present&Correct)

Bullfinch

Goldfinch

Coot

collared dove

Magpie

#birds #Lego #engraving

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