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

'My beautiful laundrette' at 151 Brunswick Street, 'My beautiful laundrette' at 151 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy drawn on Tuesday in between many visits by chatty locals full of information. One passer by said he was responsible for the snakelike creature making its way around the walls. He (the artist) is known as 'Dragon'. I was pretty pleased with getting all of this done over a few hours :) #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #fitzroy #melbourneurbansketchers #usk #urbansketchers #bockingford #victorianarchitecture #laundromat #archisketcher #archisketch #cityofyarra

'My beautiful laundrette' at 151 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy drawn on Tuesday in between many visits by chatty locals full of information. One passer by said he was responsible for the snakelike creature making its way around the walls. He (the artist) is known as 'Dragon'. I was pretty pleased with getting all of this done over a few hours 🙂 #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #fitzroy #melbourneurbansketchers #usk #urbansketchers #bockingford #victorianarchitecture #laundromat #archisketcher #archisketch #cityofyarra ...

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Sketching after a delicious lunch at Stagger Lee's Sketching after a delicious lunch at Stagger Lee's in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. What a truly glorious day to be out and about with friends, even though some of our models moved out of sight far too quickly! Thanks for the company @diannecolk @auntyfrank Rohan and Fiona!  #brunswickstreetsketchography #sketch #brunswickstreet #staggerlees #watercoloursketch #streetscape #urbansketchers #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #accordionsketchbook #bockingford #sketchbook #watercoloursketch #melbourne

Sketching after a delicious lunch at Stagger Lee's in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. What a truly glorious day to be out and about with friends, even though some of our models moved out of sight far too quickly! Thanks for the company @diannecolk @auntyfrank Rohan and Fiona! #brunswickstreetsketchography #sketch #brunswickstreet #staggerlees #watercoloursketch #streetscape #urbansketchers #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #accordionsketchbook #bockingford #sketchbook #watercoloursketch #melbourne ...

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Another section of my #brunswickstreetsketchograph Another section of my #brunswickstreetsketchography finished today, although Alf was arguing that small street corners don't count. I overruled of course! I have quite a few streetscapes waiting for colour now so one more thing to do :). #brunswickstreet #melbourne #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #usk #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #architecturesketch #cityofyarra #brunswickstreetditzroy

Another section of my #brunswickstreetsketchography finished today, although Alf was arguing that small street corners don't count. I overruled of course! I have quite a few streetscapes waiting for colour now so one more thing to do :). #brunswickstreet #melbourne #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #usk #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #architecturesketch #cityofyarra #brunswickstreetditzroy ...

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This is for those who complained about the lack of This is for those who complained about the lack of my signature #rainbowboots last week. I am getting close to the next corner in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.  #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #brunswickstreetfitzroy #brunswickstreet #sketch #bockingford #archisketch #architecturesketch #victorianarchitecture #melbourneheritage #cityofyarra

This is for those who complained about the lack of my signature #rainbowboots last week. I am getting close to the next corner in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. #brunswickstreetsketchography #usk #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchers #brunswickstreetfitzroy #brunswickstreet #sketch #bockingford #archisketch #architecturesketch #victorianarchitecture #melbourneheritage #cityofyarra ...

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2 Comments

  1. Dennis Toth

    I like your sketches

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