Hazel Nicholls

Artist and Printmaker, Brockley, South East London

Hazel Nicholls left Northern Ireland 13 years ago to do her degree in graphic design and illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. She now lives in Catford with her fiancé Lee and their two goldfish Vic & Bob. She loves Real Ale, the seaside, ten-pin bowling and of course a good pun. Hazel’s work is mostly influenced by a longstanding love of cross-stitch and an interest in old phrases. This is largely due to her mother’s keen ability with needlepoint. Hazel grew up surrounded by beautifully detailed, softly coloured cross-stitched pictures displaying comforting homely messages.

Hazel has continued to develop her artwork through screen print and this process now forms the body of her work. She prefers to use a fine 90 mesh, which allows for crisp and detailed work. She is possibly best known for her series of bold Russian Doll prints, which state the familiar phrase ‘It’s What’s Inside That Counts’.

“I love the process of screen printing and to this day I still regard each print as a little piece of magic. It's only been six years since I learnt how to print so I'm still learning & experimenting lots.”

Hazel’s designs usually end up as limited edition prints, but they have also appeared on cosmetics packaging for Laqa & Co, ceramics, homewares, textiles and a giant fiber glass egg (as part of the Faberge Big Egg Hunt, 2012). More recently, Hazel has been her own range of hand printed greetings cards.

To see Hazel's prints click here