. 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
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.
She is the co-founder of The Enquiry Desk, the PechaKucha producer for Brighton, UK and a senior lecturer in illustration for communication at Ravensbourne University in London.  



The Woody Shop

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

Got a question about one of our products or about buying online?
email: shop@thewoodyshop.com

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.

Rest assured that the highest standards of hygiene, in accordance with government guidance, are being carried out when your online orders are packed. 

Please check our Twitter feed @thisiswoody for the latest news on shipping days 


Open Days

Sometimes our Brighton studio
opens as a shop #woodyshopopen

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

* In accordance with government guidelines our studio will not be open as a shop and our click + collect service is currently unavailable *