Illustrator / Designer / Storyteller /
Studio Bonnie co-founder / Sydney based creative
Aura Parker's bodies of work are constantly evolving. She often draws on themes of nature, humanity and childhood. Her work is insightful, charming and often tongue-in-cheek and playful.
When it comes to her individual style, Aura's artwork is often very bright and highly patterned. She likes to use curly organic lines, inspired by Art Nouveau, Japanese woodblock prints and geometric designs. She often works in watercolour and coloured pencil with digital enhancements. Aura's work is whimsical and quirky, yet personal too. She is passionate about art, design and children's literature. She lives in Sydney with her family and three children, who she tries to read and draw with as much as she can.
Aura has a background in web design, motion graphics and brand creation with over 15 years' experience as a graphic designer and illustrator. After studying Multimedia, TV production, animation at SVA and Enmore Design Centre, she worked in Sydney as a motion graphic designer and in the UK for the BBC London. She has experience in corporate branding, e-learning, interface design and also works with publishers on illustrations and book covers. Her work is diverse, and ranges from whimsical and colourful designs for children to logos and scientific illustrations.
Aura's enduring interest in the expression of colour and her fascination with repeat patterns, led to the creation of her own original collection of bright contemporary prints in 2010, and she regularly exhibits illustrations and textiles. In 2012 she started working in collaboration with her sister-in-law, interior designer Marena Von Behr under the label Studio Bonnie which has flourished into a creative business designing screen printed art and textiles. Studio Bonnie has exhibited in Sydney at the Design Institute's Interwoven exhibition at the Damien Minton Gallery, DesignEX and in Melbourne for Spring Fashion Week. Studio Bonnie can also be found at art and design markets like the Finders Keepers and at Gallery Lane Cove. Aura is now busy in the studio with Marena developing new work for 2015. For more info see www.studiobonnie.com
Aura Parker's expertise in e-learning design, graphic design and illustration, combined with her interest in the digital landscape, led to the development of her first ebook app. 'Nine Months on the Inside' is a beautifully illustrated and animated story in a diary format that is a refreshing and funny look at pregnancy. It became available for the iPad and iPhone in July 2012 and has since enjoyed a steady stream of downloads worldwide.