Nocciola The Drawer (Hazel Oakes) is an artist and designer from the UK. She has lived in 8 different countries, visited almost 40 countries between 5 continents. She’s hiked the peaks of the Balkans, completed half marathons and the Athen’s marathon.
Hazel is military trained and has a joy for life, for sharing and inspiring other women to become more adventurous.
Hazel has a nomadic spirit and feels her sense of community with women anywhere in the world.
She specialises in bright, colourful, bold artwork that combines female characters with lively patterns. All with the aim to uplift, inspire, empower and celebrate women.
She is inspired by the seasons, women, childlike imagination, travel, making the most of the moment, street art and graffiti. She spends her time illustrating, creating large murals and drawing on anything (paper, canvas, plates, walls).
Nocciola The Drawer is spreading her joy of life one splash of colour at a time!
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Who is Hazel
Being based in Italy at the moment
Her aims and goals
Spreading her joy for life - one splash of colour at a time!
Wanting to move her body and to follow her passions
Being a creative explorer
Where her passion for art and adventure came from
Getting her creative side from her mum
Getting her adventurous side from her dad
Doing all the dance classes from a young age
Her teenage years - and the pressure to get a normal job
Loving art at school
Wanting to learn about fashion design
Joining the Officer Training Core OTC
Following both of her passions
The next step in her career
Deciding to do a Masters course at Kingston University
Working with brides and helping them to feel comfortable in their bodies
Wanting more adventure and booking a one way ticket to Australia
The different pathways and journeys that can be taken
Spending time in Australia!
Loving to travel and spending time in Canada and Italy
What does Adventure mean to Hazel
The why and the how of challenge
The power of taking small steps
Don’t compare yourself to how other people have done it
Living a nomadic lifestyle
Taking advantage of the travel opportunities that become available
Getting to know a new place
Her love for walking and exploring
Peaks of the Balkans
Working as a trip manger in Italy
Taking on new challenges every few years
Dealing with the heat
Why Nocciola? What it means
Being a full time artist…
Tips for being more creative
Curiosity and amazement
The Tough Girl Mural and how it came about
Follow Hazel on line
Future plans for 2022
Top tips and advice to motivate and inspire you
Youtube: Nocciola The Drawer
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