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Featured Street Artist: Tinky

Featured Street Artist: Tinky


If you have previously joined Wayward Wanders on The Alternative tour, you would be well aware of our love for street art. We passionately share our knowledge about artists and their pieces on our tours, and we also regularly promote artists, galleries and exhibitions through our social media. Our blog is yet another great place to visit to get info on some of our favourite street artists as we interview them in our featured artists blog series. For our first featured artist we interviewed the amazing Melbourne based miniature diorama installing street artist, Tinky.

If you have ever wandered through the back lanes of Melbourne’s CBD you may well have walked unknowingly by some of our featured artists’ installations. Tinky’s tiny dioramas maybe hard to find, but with a good eye, and possibly some help from her Instagram account, you will discover the wonderful miniature world known as Tinkyville.

Tinky is not your regular street artist with that rebellious teenage angst story that led them into graffiti, then later to street art. She is originally from the Mornington Peninsular where as a child she was given the nickname Tinky, a reference to her obsession with Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. After she inevitably grew up, Tinky became a journalist for The Age and now finds herself working in Fundraising and Communication for a charity in Glen Waverley.

One Sunday morning back in 2015 Tinky awoke from her slumber with a feeling of doing something silly with her day. She had a strange desire to find some toy soldiers and place them somewhere in Collingwood. After roping in her husband for company, she set off for a trash and treasure market in Frankston. As luck would have it, the first stall Tinky set her eyes on was selling vintage toy soldiers and after some more scavenging, she came across the perfect accompanying figurine, a Big Bird with his hands held up. She headed off to Collingwood and found the perfect spot for her first installation in the laneway leading to Backwoods Gallery.

Since her first installation Tinky has created many tiny alternative worlds in the heart of the usually grey urban jungle much to the unknowing of the general public. She enjoys knowing that a passerby who coincidently finds one of her tiny installations may feel surprise, delight and happiness from their discovery. Her work is often placed in off the beaten track locations like Presgrave Lane, Guildford Lane, Flanigan Lane and McClean Alley. But unfortunately, like many street art pieces, they often only exist for a short time.

Tinky’s inspiration is drawn from many places including from her peers both here in Australia and abroad. Some of her favourite local Melbourne artists including N2o, Gigi, Gnashing Teeth and Barek, and internationally she loves the work of fellow miniaturist Isaac Cordal from Spain. She, like many, has fears of the walls of Melbourne being whitewashed and filled up with advertisements, but at the same time says the local scene is very strong and creative.

Tinky recently showcased her work in an exhibition entitled ‘Tinkyville: Land of Folly‘ at Off the Kerb gallery in Collingwood. The exhibition was a great success, but Tinky’s eyes quickly moved towards the future where she hopes to grow as an artist and maybe one day showcase her work on the former high rail line turned public garden High Line in New York City.

As Tinky gave us such amazingly detailed and interesting responses to the questions we asked, we have added the full transcript of our interview that can be read here. Thanks so much to Tinky for giving us an amazing insight into you, your inspirations, history and your work, and we hope you get that High Line showcase soon!


  • Louisa John-Krol
    Posted at 09:37h, 20 January Reply

    Thanks for posting these. I’m a fan of Tinky’s quirky, whimsical street art. So far I’ve viewed it via photos only, but hope to discover it, perchance, in Melbourne’s laneways soon! (It’s in the book ‘Burn City’, too.) I particularly love her play on spatial dimensions / relative perception, and her witty captions.

    • Liam Gook
      Posted at 12:39h, 21 January Reply

      You’re in luck! Many of the pieces in the photo’s above still do actually exist… albeit hidden down laneways. So keep your eyes peeled when you are wandering around!

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