Illustrator / designer / ebook app developer /
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 her observations of moments in time and experience. Her work is insightful, charming and often tongue-in-cheek and playful. Aura Parker's expertise in e-learning, design and illustration, combined with her interest in the digital landscape, led to the development of her first ebook for the App Store. 'Nine Months on the Inside' is a beautifully illustrated and animated ebook app for the iPad, that is a refreshing and funny look at pregnancy.
Aura Parker is the co-founder of Studio Bonnie, a successful collaboration between two designers creating inventive, handmade and stylish pieces for the home, including screen-printed art and textiles. Aura's role focuses on drawing and design, through to product development, as well as all facets of the business.
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. 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 at SVA and Enmore Design Centre, she worked in Sydney as a motion graphic designer. After gaining her initial experience, she travelled to the UK to work for the esteemed BBC London. Arriving back in Sydney in 2000, initially working on corporate branding, e-learning projects and interface design she went freelance. Her drawing skill was what set her apart from other designers, and she later branched out to work with publishers on illustrations and book covers. Her work is diverse, and ranges from whimsical and colourful designs for children to more serious application icons and scientific illustrations.
Aura's enduring interest in the expression of colour and fiber art, and her fascination with repeat patterns, led to the creation of her own original collection of bright contemporary prints in 2010. Aura exhibited at 'Designing with Fabric' at the Watch House Gallery in Balmain, which received a great response from critics and the public alike. Following the success of the exhibition, she made new work for 'Designing with Fabric II'. With the art and fabrics proving to be popular again, and what was originally a passion, has since flourished into a business. In 2012 she started working in collaboration with her sister-in-law, highly creative interior designer Marena Von Behr under the label Studio Bonnie, which launched a successful range of screen printed art and homewares in 2012. Studio Bonnie has since exhibited in Sydney and in Melbourne for Spring Fashion Week. The designs are now available through stockists and online shops. Aura is now busy in the studio with Marena developing new work for 2013, which is proving to be a very exciting year. For more info see www.studiobonnie.com
Aura also manages Onaventure and publishes quality independent ebook apps. Her first book, Nine Months on the Inside, became available for the iPad and iPhone in July 2012 and has enjoyed a steady stream of downloads worldwide.