As part of a three year effort to bring artists together every Wednesday night (4-6 months out of the year), Blender Lane features a unique vibe where you can spend the evening hanging out with artists, buying hand-made jewelry, and witness live paintings from greats like Charlie Mowatt. Not to mention some kick-ass live music with what I have found to be a refreshing interpretation of folk music by many Australian bands.
I stopped through earlier in the day before everything was set up in order to grab some great photos of the walls in what I would find out later hold no relation to the studio. That is, the pieces along the alleyway all exist away from the confines of the artists who rent studios on the other side (i.e. inside). It is like a safe haven for exploration, and what is most interesting is the level of respect that seems to exist in determining when, how, and at what capacity one artist goes over another's work.
After chatting with the amazing volunteers, I found out artist Steve Argent enjoys taking photography of street art, and then mounts it on left-over pieces of wood from his wife's furniture making business. As if the message of sustainability was not enough, the shape, form, and quality of these pieces stand alone as objects you can turn into a refrigerator magnet, mount on the wall as you would a canvas piece, use as a paper weight, or simply set up on a coffee table or bookshelf.
The cleanliness of display in how the photos are mounted matched with the rugged nature of half-finished blocks of wood allows the rawness of street art to compliment any living room, office space, kitchen or hallway.
that you cannot find anywhere else in the world