Ayla Marika

Writer, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Visual Artist

Ayla Marika is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in the rural community of Collector, NSW, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) from Curtin University of Technology and an Advanced Diploma of Public Relations from Canberra Institute of Technology. For the past decade, she has worked in administration, marketing and advertising for the education sector. Her interests include permaculture, implementing self-sufficiency strategies on her small hobby farm, music, cooking, brewing, plant medicine and food activism.

In her debut graphic non-fiction book, Ayla Marika masterfully distils complex food science concepts and industry jargon into everyday language and eye-catching visuals. She transforms even the most brain-achingly complicated processes into something that is not only easy to understand, but also wildly entertaining. Thoroughly researched and fact-checked, her book How Food is Made is set to become a staple in your food library for now and years to come.

Ayla Marika has been the graphic designer for the Canberra Comedy Festival (Australia) since 2015, and has produced design, illustration and animation work for a range of music and comedy artists in the Canberra region. She specialises in hand-drawn illustration using ink pen, graphite and charcoal, and is excited by the artistic possibilities of books, marketing and public relations. Ayla believes that art should not be hidden away in museums and galleries, but rather be created for and placed in the hands of the people. Through her art, Ayla Marika aims to equip people with knowledge and awareness of world issues, thereby empowering individuals to take positive action in improving themselves and the state of the Earth.

Discover more of Ayla Marika’s work at her website: aylamarika.com