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/
The first six months
If that short video grabs your interest and you want to learn more, you can watch the long version here.
Posts from my blog
Instagram – #brunswickstreetsketchography
Brunswick Street prints
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11 to 13 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Australia (2019)$25.00 AUD – $70.00 AUD
11 to 15 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Australia (2019)$25.00 AUD – $70.00 AUD
Fitzroy streetscape: 11 to 21 Brunswick Street (2019). Limited edition 21 x 59.5 cm.$150.00 AUD
Fitzroy streetscape: 23 to 37 Brunswick Street (2019). Limited edition 21 x 59.5 cm.$150.00 AUD
Fitzroy streetscape: 39 to 49 Brunswick Street (2019). Limited edition 21 x 59.5 cm.$150.00 AUD
Fitzroy streetscape: 77 Victoria Parade to 9 Brunswick Street (2019). Limited edition 21 x 59.5 cm.$150.00 AUD
View from the Bon Ap’ Petit Bistro, 193 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Australia (2019)$25.00 AUD – $70.00 AUD