. The Story of Aurora - Zara Wood a.k.a Woody

Zara Wood a.k.a Woody

The Story of Aurora

The Story of Aurora

Commissioned by YSP - Yorkshire Sculpture Park - to create an exclusive artwork to adorn their dramatic concourse windows, Woody was inspired by the historical grounds of the museum.

The Bretton Estate was designed over 200 years ago as a private pleasure ground. One of its owners, Sir Thomas Wentworth, re-designed the natural landscape by introducing small islands surrounded by man-made lakes. These islands housed exotic animal menageries while a life-sized ship called the Aurora sailed on the lakes. Woody re-imagines this narrative and depicts the Aurora returning home, carrying characters from distant lands. 

Woody's drawings and hand-written text are freed from the page and translated in to a large‐scale vinyl installation across YSP’s 25m long by 5m high concourse windows. An ever‐changing natural landscape became the backdrop of this enlarged illustration and sunlight added another dimension with moving shadows.  

The commission accompanied a 3-month solo show Mirror Mime.  Studio Woody designed all the exhibition merchandise and worked closely with Unlimited on directional signage and promotional materials.

The Story of Aurora
The Story of Aurora
The Story of Aurora
The Story of Aurora
The Story of Aurora

The Studio

creative direction + illustration
face-to-face + online event design + curation

Get in touch about a new project: creative@zarawood.com 

Woody's Studio collaborates on a diverse mix of creative projects, from super graphics that adorn hospital walls to creating sell-out fashion collections.  The studio also curates and delivers online events for the education and arts sectors.

Woody, also known as Zara Wood, creates, curates and educates.
A co-founder of The Enquiry Desk project and Brighton's PechaKucha producer for several years, she is an award-winning senior lecturer + part of the International Association of Illustration Academics forum.  



One-off artworks to buy online

Launching later in 2024

 Original artwork by Woody, including the lastest Little Treasures
- original miniatures framed in vintage jewellery.


Sociable Woody

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Interviewing & hosting - Podcasts + Talks:

Rave About Illustration Podcast
Time for some illumination on illustration. Illustration is everywhere and yet you may not be familiar with what an illustrator does. Rave About Illustration sheds light on the creative world of visual translation.