Friday, April 8, 2016

City tour

Yesterday I met Donna in the city and after having lunch...I have to say Donna was enjoying a chicken burger when a seagull swooped from nowhere and took the top half of her burger bun!! Lucky she had eaten half of it! I have seen kookaburras do that kind of thing but not the local seagulls!! Anyway after we had recovered we met up with five other people and went on a tour of the alleyways of the city. Chris, our tour guide, is a graffiti artist and does the tour out of Blender studios in Franklin Street. It was really interesting listening to him explain the different types of street art and who had done it. There is art out there in Melbourne done by local people, people from France and the US...we even got to see two Banksies. I took heaps of photos but will only put up a few or I will put everyone to sleep!!

Recently several alley ways were painted over and over a four day weekend they were graffitied again....some of the art I remembered has gone....new things have taken their place.

ACDC Alley

and again

just liked this one!

a Banksie we are told

a touch of winter

this was done by our guide.....he said his paintings reflect his interest in mental health..


nearly a ChowChow!!


this appealed to me, it was quite small.


this was outside Blender studios, a work by two artists with very different styles to me, the white part represents a skull...

also outside Blender studios....Gina the Hutt...

Mr and Mrs Flip Flop...sole mates!! Lol!!

Donna venturing in to the unknown!!!


these pieces were part of an exhibition put on by one of the resident artists...his creations are all made from things people throw away....the little camera person appealed to me!!
Donna headed home from the studios, I went to the Sherlock Holmes and said a quick hello to Shane and then headed home....two trains were cancelled so had to wait 40 mins for the next one, just as well I had a good book!!!
Today I have been attempting to tidy the sewing room...that has kind of happened but then I finished off these two Xmas decorations.
I am happy with how these turned out....love the Barb Smith buttons.
Happy sewing.

PS We went here too!!



15 comments:

marina said...

Looks like a great day exploring!

theodora said...

Loved the murals... & of course the tags Barb xxx

Leeanne said...

awesome street art!

shez said...

Hi my lovely friend,wow those murals are awesome,love them,i really love the touch of winter .
Sue those tags look fantastic,think we have converted you into a xmas junkie,lol,enjoy your evening my friend xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Wow! What a cool day! I've had seagulls steal chips but not the whole burger top...cheeky! Love your ornies xx

Cheryl said...

What talented painters - amazing. Love your cute xmas decorations

Helen said...

Thank you for the fascinating tour Sue, love your xmas buttons :)

Sheila said...

Interesting day out with your friends and some interesting art. Cute christmas ornaments.

Melody said...

John and I are both very interested in street art. We'll have to do this tour. Sounds and looks fabulous.

Jo said...

They are amazing photos of art.
Sounds like you really enjoyed your day.

Marlene said...

What an amazing day and great art. Where did you book the tour? Something I would love to do when I visit my sister next.

Diane-crewe said...

LOVE the paintings x seagulls here are renowned for stealing out of peoples hands .. I lost an ice cream cone that I had only had one lick of!!!!

Pamela said...

How interesting!

Fiona said...

what a fantastic tour to do - I would never have thought.... love the decorations - good to have another finish...
Hugz

desertskyquilts said...

Thank you for sharing these. Some of those were so appealing and some interesting. Here in Knoxville, TN, USA, there are quite a few graffiti artists, and I'm amazed at some of the things they paint. My younger son can tell me all kinds of things about it and show me where new things go up, but it's nothing like your tour of the alleys!