About the host

This year we've commissioned children's book author/illustrator and Big Design Market exhibitor Megan McKean to design a colourful mural and creative activities for our inner-city garden themed play area. 

Megan's illustration work is characterised by the use of bright colour palettes, strong line work and 'Easter egg' details hidden within each piece, encouraging the viewer to go back for another look to see what they may have missed. Focused primarily on travel and iconic locations from around the world, Megan's distinctive illustration style can be seen on McKean Studio's silk souvenir scarves, cheerful enamel pins, fine letterpress prints, and books.

Megan has authored, designed and illustrated several children's books – 'Hello, Sydney!' (2016), 'Hello, Melbourne!' (2017) and ‘Hello, Australia!’ (2018) which have been received with great success. Her books have been shortlisted for several awards, including an Australian Book Industry Award (Best Small Publishers Children's Book of the Year, 2018), and the Australian Book Designers Association Award (Best Designed Childrens/YA Series, 2018). The ‘Hello…!’ series is published in Australia by Thames & Hudson.