Brunswick Street Sketchography

Nearly every day for the last thirty years I have jumped on the number 11 tram to travel down Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. I have wandered along the shops, eaten kebabs, and enjoyed cappucinos and eggs benedict in the cafes. But it took a trip overseas for me to come home and truly “see” Brunswick Street. Now I notice the shapes of the rooftops, the ghost signs, the towers and the cast iron lace. I can’t believe all this beauty has been here in front of me for so long and that I have simply taken it for granted.

No longer. I have challenged myself to a very long term project of drawing the buildings along Brunswick Street. As a librarian I also want to research the history of the area so that I can learn more about the people who lived here in times past. I want to learn more about this local community of mine, and discover how I fit in. It’s going to take a very long time – years in fact – so that in itself will be a lesson in patience and mindfulness for me. If you would like to follow along with me you can keep an eye on this blog, or follow me on instagram.

Acknowledgement of country

Before going any further, I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land around Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, the Wurundjeri people, and to pay my respects to their ancestors and elders both past and present.

My drawings highlight a fairly recent urban history, only since the 1850s, and I’ll be getting my stories from passers by, vintage photos and old newspapers. The indigenous history of the area is much better described by people other than myself, and you can read more about it here –  https://aboriginalhistoryofyarra.com.au/ and https://www.wurundjeri.com.au/

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – six months of urban sketches and streetscapes

Almost every Tuesday for the last six months, since January 2019, I have been catching a tram down Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, to draw beautiful Victorian buildings on location. It started as a personal passion project to draw the street, and I have to say that I...

Six month update – Jan to July 2019

Another small stretch of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Another small stretch of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, collected in my sketchbooks. Today I reached James Street. I was really enjoying drawing  the classic Aussie advertising - beers, dim sims and Four 'n Twenty meat pies. I'll ignore the cigarettes!  A beautiful day out today with clear skies and a gentle little bit of sunshine on our shoulders. Thanks @alf.green @robcandywatercolours @diannecolk Lisa and Rohan for the company. #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #fitzroy #cityofyarra #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #sketchbook #bockingford #deatramentisink #brunswickstreetfitzroy

Another small stretch of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, collected in my sketchbooks. Today I reached James Street. I was really enjoying drawing the classic Aussie advertising - beers, dim sims and Four 'n Twenty meat pies. I'll ignore the cigarettes! A beautiful day out today with clear skies and a gentle little bit of sunshine on our shoulders. Thanks @alf.green @robcandywatercolours @diannecolk Lisa and Rohan for the company. #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #fitzroy #cityofyarra #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #sketchbook #bockingford #deatramentisink #brunswickstreetfitzroy ...

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Delicious lunch today @elektrafitzroy in Brunswick Delicious lunch today @elektrafitzroy in BrunswickStreet, Fitzroy - and no I didn't draw it because I was far too busy eating. Yumm - those fritters!!! My apologies to Jo and Rohan who were sitting in prime position for me to draw. How could I resist? Rohan's eyes only look closed because he was looking down at his sketchbook. Angela narrowly escaped because I ran out of paper and Rene, Annica (excuse my spelling), Alf and Jill were safely out of view. You might recognise the Victorian lacework outside the window which I drew  close up during my last visit nearly a year ago when I consumed a great deal of their special Himalayan chai (which was just as good today). I was very chuffed that the staff recognised me from that visit! Thanks so much for your hospitality :) What a lovely way to start the year! #brunswickstreetsketchography #fitzroy #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreet #cityofyarra #cafesketch #urbansketchers #sketchbook #hahnemuhle #watercoloursketch

Delicious lunch today @elektrafitzroy in BrunswickStreet, Fitzroy - and no I didn't draw it because I was far too busy eating. Yumm - those fritters!!! My apologies to Jo and Rohan who were sitting in prime position for me to draw. How could I resist? Rohan's eyes only look closed because he was looking down at his sketchbook. Angela narrowly escaped because I ran out of paper and Rene, Annica (excuse my spelling), Alf and Jill were safely out of view. You might recognise the Victorian lacework outside the window which I drew close up during my last visit nearly a year ago when I consumed a great deal of their special Himalayan chai (which was just as good today). I was very chuffed that the staff recognised me from that visit! Thanks so much for your hospitality 🙂 What a lovely way to start the year! #brunswickstreetsketchography #fitzroy #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreet #cityofyarra #cafesketch #urbansketchers #sketchbook #hahnemuhle #watercoloursketch ...

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My top 9 for 2019. An interesting mix of Brunswick My top 9 for 2019. An interesting mix of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy and Germany, as well as a train trip from Amsterdam. Good memories, all of them. Thanks for all your support this year - I love to spot a new message and a chance to connect over a simple sketch. I am truly very fortunate :) #top9of2019 #urbansketchers #urbansketching #brunswickstreetsketchography #sketchbook #sketch #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchersberlin #urbansketchersfrankfurt

My top 9 for 2019. An interesting mix of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy and Germany, as well as a train trip from Amsterdam. Good memories, all of them. Thanks for all your support this year - I love to spot a new message and a chance to connect over a simple sketch. I am truly very fortunate 🙂 #top9of2019 #urbansketchers #urbansketching #brunswickstreetsketchography #sketchbook #sketch #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchersberlin #urbansketchersfrankfurt ...

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  1. Dennis Toth

    I like your sketches

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