#TypeClubWA – workshop at Claremont Goods Shed

At the Claremont Goods Shed this morning for a gathering of the #typeclubwa – people interested in hand lettering, font styles and graphic design. Lots of different types of pens, brushpens, textas, pencils, watercolour – creating lots of different writing styles…. some curly and wandering…. others angular and edgy. I had fun scribbling on the paper covered table but even more fun sketching the people down the table as they created their “words of art”.

Barrack Street Jetty, Perth

Barrack Street Jetty in Perth this morning with the Urban Sketchers Perth (10 of us). A lovely morning sketching around the bustling jetties…. ferries across the river to Mends Street, down the river to Freo and onwards to Rottnest Island, plus river cruises up and down the river all depart from here.


Below….found a lovely quiet and shady spot around the back of one of the cafes to sketch these posts – each post had a resident bird, mostly seagulls and one cormorant (locally known as “shags”) , the water was very calm and glassy.


Maylands Amateur Boat Builders Yard

20170216-maylands-amateur-boat-builders-yard-2Maylands Amateur Boat Builders Yard this morning, on the banks of the Swan river in Maylands. This is a boat yard full of boats in various states of repair/disrepair….their owners working on them as time and money allow. Some boats look like they have been awaiting attention on dry land for a very long time. Above a wooden motor boat named “Pantomime” in need of some TLC.

20170216-maylands-amateur-boat-builders-yard-1On the right an un-named metal yacht with lovely rust stains dribbling down her hull. Access via a wonderful homemade set of rusty steel ladders made of various lengths of steel welded together. There was a “danger – no access” sign on the ladders….apparently her owner has not about much lately.

Brittania Coffee Palace


This is a section of the former “Brittania Coffee Palace” (built 1897) on the corner of Francis and William streets in Northbridge.

The Brittania was constructed to cater for the temperance movement – “coffee palaces” were alternative to licensed premises providing accomodation and facilities for tea-totalling travellers and families. Located close to the city it was one of many hotels that sprang up to cater for the gold rush hopefulls that made their way to Perth. Up to 150 boarders could be accommodated… many young men who signed up for the first world war listed the Brittania as their home address.

It is currently cafe and retail on the ground floor and a backpackers on the upper floors….probably not tea-total!