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Years ago, when I was in my early twenties, one of my roommates took vacuuming seriously. She was more OCD than me and used to vacuum our carpet in straight lines. Our carpet looked like a well-manicured lawn! There’s a man that’s taking it a step further, and creates vacuum art.

Tom Quick has turned a household chore into amazing art. He uses the hose from his vacuum cleaner to draw things like the Mona Lisa, Jack Nicholson, Pennywise, and a racing car in the fabric. He started his vacuum art a few years ago when he purchased a new rug.

According to Metro, he began when his wife was at work one day and he was doing daily chores.  He says, “I started just doing stripes then it kind of escalated from there, the following weekend I did curves, followed by different patterns and then a random one of the Silverstone F1 circuit as it was the British grand prix weekend.” It took off from there.

Quick explains how he creates his masterpieces: ‘You have to hoover the rug all over in just one direction first so it gives you an all-over light image. ‘Then I remove the hose and add the thin attachment to the end and drag the long fibers the opposite direction to get the shadows of faces.

Normally it only takes him about 15-20 minutes to complete a piece of rug art. Not bad! I don’t know how he does it. It takes me at least that long just to vacuum my apartment.