Sally Heinrich is an Australian children’s author and illustrator. As well as illustrating children’s books, her clients include Advertising Agencies, Design Studios and Government departments. She has illustrated more than 20 books. She has written and illustrated four picture books of her own as well as a junior novel and a series of information and activity books on different Asian countries.
She has lived in Singapore and Malaysia and travelled widely throughout South East Asia and the Indian sub-continent, developing a keen interest in the cultures, folklore and folk art of the region.
Much of her recent work has been influenced by living and travelling in Asia, and she hopes through her work to provide a way of bridging cultural boundaries, and to foster greater understanding between people from different cultures and backgrounds.
While living in Singapore she created, together with Suzanne Lauridsen, Come to the Party! A series of books exploring Singaporean Festivals for young children.
In 2006 she was commissioned to undertake a large illustration for the Singapore Zoo, which has been used as a mural in the Zoo shop, and also for packaging and merchandising. She recently completed a similar illustration for the Singapore Night Safari, which will be used in the same way.
Her love of detail, both decorative and literary, can also be found in her exquisite hand-painted children’s furniture. Produced on commission, these highly individual pieces interweave poetry and pattern, reflecting each child’s personality. She also makes lino-prints, and in 2006 received a High Commendation in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art prize, for a print titled Tree of Life.
Sally has two young children and is currently working on a number of projects, including more books on Asian themes.