. 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

art | illustration | graphics | fashion |
product design | event design + management

Woody's Studio collaborates on a diverse mix of creative projects, from super graphics that adorn hospital walls to creating sell-out fashion collections.

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

Woody, also known as Zara Wood, creates, curates and lectures. She is the co-founder of The Enquiry Desk and the PechaKucha producer for Brighton, UK.


The Woody Shop


An online shop dedicated to fashion, homeware and stationery designed by Woody.

Our stationery range is made in the UK. Our other products are printed here too.

You can find info on how things are made, where they are made and all delivery costs on each product page.

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Woody, Workshop 3, 1st Floor Balcony, Brighton Open Market, BN1 4JU, UK

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