For anyone who picks up a Sydney Festival brochure, browses the website, Facebook and blog, or catches a glimpse of a Festival banner on George Street – it’s all about Marcela Restrepo! Restrepo is responsible for all the beautiful illustrations of Sydney houses, parks, buildings, icons, and of course, those sulphur-crested cockatoos. A left-handed illustrator, Restrepo finds inspiration in the blend of nature and city that the Sydney landscape offers. But the main ingredient in her work is everyday life where ideas come from a trip to the shops, and seeing an antenna covered in a flock of native birds.
Restrepo started out in web and graphic design before a short course in illustration with Christopher Nielson opened up a new creative path. Introduced to the Festival by Saatchi Design (who have done the overall design and branding for the 2010 and 2011 Festivals), Colombian-born Restrepo is now based in Sydney’s inner west, and clearly loves a lot about Sydney. Restrepo’s work features many things that are intrinsic to Sydney, and is characterised by warmth, naiveté and freedom.