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Dyslexia Success Story: Willard Wigan by Marianne

Most people are familiar with famous sculptures such as Michelangelo’s ‘David’ or Rodin’s ‘Thinker’. But have you ever heard of micro-sculpture?  These tiny creations can actually fit in the eye of a needle!



Willard Wigan is the micro sculptor whose talent makes literally microscopic works of art possible. These sculptures are so small that viewers must use a microscope in order to examine them! Such an unusual speciality makes Willard stand apart from other artists, so others are frequently curious about how his career path as a micro sculptor first began.

Early Days

Willard was always interested in creating small things. He says, “It began when I was five years old. I started making houses for ants because I thought they needed somewhere to live. Then I made them shoes and hats. It was a fantasy world I escaped to.”

Escape is a common theme among young children with dyslexia, and Willard is no exception. Born in 1957 in Birmingham, England, Willard found it difficult to relate to traditional learning through the written word, so school was a challenge. Willard was faced with constant bullying from classmates and discouragement from teachers.


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