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As the principal artist and designer, Nicole Onslow is your vehicle to the visual solutions of your creative ideas.
And if your ideas require manufacturing or talents and expertise outside of her own, Nicole draws upon her network of collaborators and suppliers from her 18 years of commercial work
to bring those ideas to life.

A mix of graphic sensibility and old school artistic flair has seen Nicole produce a portfolio as diverse as her clients.
With an understanding of composition and colour balance, and the versatility of producing work both digitally and traditionally, the exploration of ideas and artistic possibilities is uninhibited.
The diversity of the work is what she finds interesting. From a teen book cover to a luxury brand retail space, Nicole's adapability is proven, and she's ready as soon as you are for your next project.

WHY CHOOSE NICOLE ONSLOW

Let's chat about your ideas. If I'm not right for the job then there's a good chance I'll know the perfect practitioner for it.

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No two clients are the same, and so therefore each project is uniquely exciting.
Does my work have a recognisable handwriting? I'm not sure. Perhaps. I feel though it's important to tailor my skills to create work that best reflects your aspirations and objectives.
My work is commercial, so it doesn't always have to look like my unique signature. I work to satisfy my clients. And I indulge in other creative pursuits in my spare time for myself.

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    ALANNAH HILL EMPORIUM 2014
    Category: Fashion Date: Opening April 16th, 2014

    Collaborating with Travis Walton Architecture for Factory X, I was privileged to have the freedom to contribute to their latest interior, creating artwork for a space which is captivating, luxurious and aspirational.

    Hand painting each of the components I later finished the murals digitally, creating wallpaper and tiling on a grand scale. The result is a space that heralds 1950's Parisian glamour, enveloping the customer in an enchanting and timeless bouquet of romanticism.

    To see it for yourself, visit the Emporium boutique at 269 - 321 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Vic 3000.

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    2014 HOROSCOPE SERIES CALENDAR
    Category: Publishing Date: December 2013

    Riding the coat tails of the vintage poster popularity, I drew upon my love for the work of French graphic artist Bernard Villemot to inspire a horoscope series.

    Contact me if you'd like to purchase the 2014 calendar on sale now until stocks last for only AUD$25.00.

    Individual prints of each illustration are also available for purchase, which are printed on an archival grade cotton rag. Visit www.aija.com.au for pricing and size options.

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    DIANA FERRARI - IN STORE NOW
    Category: Textile design Date: Autumn/Winter 2014

    Beginning with their Spring/Summer range 2014, Diana Ferrari has continued to contract me to develop textile prints for their apparel ranges. Autumn/ Winter 2014 collections are now in store. Visit, or buy online at www.dianaferrari.com.au, and keep your eyes peeled for more of my prints hitting the stores for Spring/ Summer 2015 later in the year.

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    THE BOW - CATHERINE MAYO
    Category: Publishing Date: Launched February 2014

    Young adult author Catherine Mayo has written about Friendship vs Treachery set a decade before the Trojan War. 'The Bow' is the follow up to her first novel 'Murder at Mykenai', published in June 2013.

    I had the privilege to illustrate both covers and also designed her website, book marks and bookplates to compliment the look and feel of the cover artwork.

    For more information head to www.catherinemayoauthor.com

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    MAROONDAH ART TRAIL EXHIBITION
    Category: Illustration Date: May 1st - July 31st 2014

    Maroondah Art Trail is an exciting, new project bringing together the hospitality industry and artists, making art accessible to all.

    An initiative of Urban Life Community in conjunction with Maroondah City Council, it aims to support and encourage local emerging and professional artists through the creation of space within local cafes and restaurants.

    I'm honored to be exhibiting 12 framed prints, all for sale, in The Village Foodstore, Heathmont. With my art gracing their walls for 3 months, I hope you'll head down to enjoy a coffee or bite to eat in support of the initiative.

    For more information head to www.maroondaharttrail.org.au

ABOUT

"Nicole is a dream illustrator - creative, flexible, imaginative, generous, practical and really easy to communicate and work with.
Her cover illustrations for my two YA novels are brilliant, and she has created wonderful complimentary artwork for my author website and my promotional material - Catherine Mayo"

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SERVICES

Nicole Onslow Design provides its clients with artistic solutions that bring their creative vision to life and speak to their customers.

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ILLUSTRATION

Offering both pixel and paint, I have a client centric approach to illustration across a variety of genres, from children and animals to flora and fashion. My strength lies in a good understanding and artistic ability of proportion, realism, the form and movement of the human body and the clothes that drape around it. I love satisfying clients who are willing to see beyond the pages of my portfolio and trust themselves to push my boundaries to deliver artwork outside of what they have seen me achieve previously. With 18 years of commercial work in advertising, design, editorial, publishing and packaging I'd love to chat to you about how I can best help solve your communication needs through art.

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FASHION & TEXTILES

With a BA in Fashion Design from RMIT I have worked locally in product development and textile design. Armed with your seasonal direction and determined colour palette, I create yardage, engineered and placement prints, for both screen and digital print processes under your direction. If you require technical sketches, range boarding, lookbooks or key look illustrations to help sell your seasonal ranges I can help with these too. Ask me also about stock service prints that I have in work for you to purchase momentarily.

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GRAPHICS

I'm not formally trained as a graphic designer, however when applying for University I was fortunate to have a choice between Graphic and Fashion Design. I chose the latter, but I'm often told there is a graphic sensibility to my work. I have clarity for composition, proportion, balance and colour. And so my clients trust me not just with illustration but to use my aesthetic eye and creative approach to problem solving, to design company logos, environmental graphics, event material and stationary.

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INTERIORS

This is an area of great interest to me for future pursuits and expansion. I recently completed my commission of wallpaper and porcelain tiling design for the Alannah Hill Emporium in Lonsdale St, Melbourne, opening April 2014 which was fabulous to work on. Having already garnered private commissions for soft furnishings, and wall art which I'm still interested in, the commercial area offers exciting opportunity for future growth. I have particular interest in custom resin and porcelain tiling and wallpapers of either repeat pattern or mural in design for high impact in residential, commercial and retail spaces. Let's collaborate!

Clients

These are some of the people who have trusted me to come up with the goods.

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  • " WALKER BOOKS AUSTRALIA HAS WORKED WITH NICOLE SEVERAL TIMES AND HAS BEEN VERY IMPRESSED WITH HER PROFESSIONALISM AND CREATIVITY. SHE CONSISTENTLY MEETS DEADLINES AND ALWAYS BRINGS A VIBRANCY AND FLEXIBILITY TO PROJECTS. "


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  • " NICOLE IS A DREAM ILLUSTRATOR - CREATIVE, FLEXIBLE, IMAGINATIVE, GENEROUS, PRACTICAL AND REALLY EASY TO COMMUNICATE AND WORK WITH. HER COVER ILLUSTRATIONS FOR MY TWO YA NOVELS ARE BRILLIANT, AND SHE HAS CREATED WONDERFUL COMPLIMENTARY ARTWORK FOR MY AUTHOR WEBSITE AND MY PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL. "


    Catherine Mayo
    Author
  • " YOUR ABILITY TO INTERPRET A TECHNICAL BRIEF INTO A VISUAL MASTERPIECE IS UNSURPASSED. "


    Amanda McBurney
    RMIT University
  • " THANK YOU, NICOLE. I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!! YOU ARE A WONDERFUL ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR!.....I LOVE YOUR WORK AND WILL BE DELIGHTED TO RECOMMEND YOU TO ANYONE SEEKING AN ILLUSTRATOR. "


    Annette Corkhill
    Author
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Selected artworks to hopefully inspire and compel you to engage me for your next project, or collaboration.

AIJA STORE

I not only work commercially. I spend time creating artwork inspired by fashion and popular culture that I develop into beautiful products for you to enjoy in your everyday lives.
From art for your walls, tees, homewares and stationary, my label AIJA (ay-ya) launched in 2010 and sold online is where you will find great gift ideas or treats for yourself.
Stock service wallpaper designs will be coming soon to the store. A more artistic interior without any risk. Self-adhesive, easily removable. Enquire about it now.

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Contact Us

Call or write; I'd love to hear from you if I can somehow help, and otherwise stalk or follow; I'd love you to keep up to date with what I'm up to.

PO Box 515, Richmond, Vic, 3121
+61 0 414 224 407