Small Wonders is set to transform Boxbird Gallery in to a museum of imagination this summer.
Fascinated by the natural world and century old expeditions, Zara has always been inspired by collections from the New York Natural History Museum and the Pitts Rivers in Oxford. A young Zara could often be found making up epic adventure stories in the garden, stroking bumble bees, climbing trees and adopting lost or stray animals. "Nature can be so fantastical in all its intricacies, it's the perfect context for drawing and letting your imagination run away with itself."
Using her trademark medium, Zara will be exhibiting new cardboard dioramas encased in delicately reclaimed display cases - reminiscent of museum collections. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to view and buy from Zara's exquisite collection of new limited edition screen-printed artworks on cardboard alongside new ink drawings and collage pieces.
Don't forget to visit the museum shop for limited edition postcards and rulers on your way out!
About Zara Wood aka Woody
The artist and illustrator, also known as Woody, relocated to Brighton in 2007 after being based in London and Melbourne. A prolific and versatile artist, Zara originally studied Fine Art and began illustrating in 2001. While in the capital, she was deemed as one of London's leading illustrators and produced work for advertising, editorial, publishing and fashion clients in Europe. While in Melbourne, Woody worked on collections for the likes of skate label Stussy and art product developers Third Drawer Down. Zara designs her own range of limited edition products stocked in gallery shops and museums including the V&A, London, The Barbican and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.
Woody's Star Gaze collection for Topshop has gained a very positive response since it 's UK unveiling in December 2008 - becoming the most successful artist range Topshop have ever launched. Now it is set for similar stardom across the Atlantic when it launches in the Topshop flagship store in New York later this year.
A second Topshop collaboration See Friends will also be launching this autumn. "This range is all about having fun, playing with your imagination and being social. It's been such a busy year so far, I feel I need to take up my own advice." giggles Woody, whose already exhibiting in two group exhibitions this year as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival - the Award winning Show Below and Boxbird Gallery's very own Cinemascope exhibition
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