About Zara Woody aka Woody: Mirror Mime

Brighton-based illustrator Zara Wood aka Woody brought her enchanting characters and imagined world to Yorkshire Sculpture Park with  Mirror Mime, a stunning exhibition featuring 20 new works and exclusive products. Taking inspiration from the estate’s design over 200 years ago as a private pleasure ground, infused with Renaissance imagery and 1920s style, Zara depicted a beguiling world where the boundaries blur between the imagined and the real.

Mirror Mime showcased original and limited edition framed works for sale, including intricate ink drawings and silkscreen prints. The Upper Space featured 11 original works complemented by boxed dioramas, vintage china with platinum hand-painted designs and a collection of Little Treasures – vintage jewellery pieces such as lockets and pocket watches framing miniature wearable originals by the artist. Zara’s distinctive creations also adorned the shop and 20-metre concourse windows, welcoming visitors with imagined scenes designed exclusively for YSP as her creatures and characters appeared to have travelled from distant lands to a decadent Gatsby-esque party.

The shop window featured a forest scene with characters emerging from silver birch branches laden with  Mirror Mime-inspired products. All these were available in theYSP Shop, including an exclusive limited edition print and Christmas card, letter-press cards, printed candles, block-foiled sketchbooks and tote bags featuring Zara’s inimitable designs.

With a background in Fine Art, Zara Wood aka Woody produces work for publishing and fashion clients in Europe and Australia. Her Star Gaze collection (2008) became the most successful artist range Topshop have ever launched. Zara also designs her own range of limited edition art products, stocked in galleries and museums including V&A and the Barbican in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Zara Wood aka Woody, Mirror Mime, 2010