Sunday, 29 December 2019

Wilson Street Project – a Year in the Life of a Street

A time to reflect on my main project for this past year  (2019).

I said I'd give myself one year to do a project on Wilson Street which is one of the oldest streets in Berwick (an outer suburb of Melbourne). The year was up in September 2019. My project was to sketch whatever took my interest walking up one side of Wilson Street (east of Wheeler Street) and back down the other side. The aim was to sketch and collect stories about the street from my own experience and from the people who live on it. It is also in essence the story of one year in the life of a street. 

As it's turned out I've sketched every building on the street and have collected stories from several occupants who have come out to speak to me. (I've only coloured in the houses to which I've been able to attach a story). 

The sketches were done on location. Colour and embellishments were added later with help from photo references. 

I feel my project is incomplete...the stories rather lame. Enough sketches I think, story collecting will have to continue.

#Sailorfude pen, watercolour, homemade concertina sketchbook, 7 1/2" x 21" (folded into 6 panels).

1 comment:

  1. Gosh - where do I begin. This is wonderful project and could continue forever. There would be so many stories and so much history. Each house is probably the potential for an entire book. I am sure that your project will generate discussion and bring back memories for many people. Beautiful sketches too