Nina Cosford Illustration - Tate Britain, London map

Tate Britain

In late 2019, Nina was asked by Tate Britain to illustrate a giant map of London for their walls.   This was to accompany Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen's Year 3 exhibition whereby he invited every Year 3 pupil in London to have their photograph taken.   The Map was printed on vinyl and installed in the Grand Salon and other activity-led spaces in the building where the visiting school children could learn more about the city in which they live. ...

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Nina Cosford Illustration - frida Kahlo life portraits

Life Portraits

A series of illustrated biographies of four iconic women in art and literature: Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Coco Chanel and Frida Kahlo.   Each book explores these trailblazers' legacies through looking not just at their careers and accomplishments, but at the daily details of their lives and what made them real people.   Written by Zena Alkayat and published by Frances Lincoln.   Also published in the US by Chronicle Books under the series title Libraries of Luminaries.   Thanks to Maria Popova at Brain Pickings for the studio book shots....

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Nina Cosford Illustration - v&a introduces: queen Victoria

V&A Introduces: Queen Victoria

Cover and interior illustrations for the book, V&A Introduces: Queen Victoria made with The Victoria and Albert Museum and Penguin Random House.   A mini-hardback which celebrates the reign of one of Britain's most iconic rulers, this book explores the lasting legacy that Victoria and her devoted husband, Prince Albert, had on the world through photographs, documents and illustrations.   Available here. ...

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Nina Cosford Illustration - walker books, panorama pops

Panorama Pops

A fun series of pop-up books (Panorama Pops) by Walker Books, each one featuring 12 spreads that explore a particular place or theme.   Nina illustrated 8 of the titles: Royal Palaces of London Tower of London Lake District and Cumbria Edinburgh Versailles Shakespeare Dublin Prague...

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Nina Cosford Illustration - my name is girl

My Name is Girl

In 2016, Nina was approached by Hardie Grant Publishing and asked to write and illustrate her own book!   Based on her plethora of self-initiated pieces, My Name is Girl explores the themes of identity, self-image and the various ups and downs of being a young female in the 21st century.   Venture forth (if you dare) into the hazardous territory that is the girl brain! From the dreaded doom of bra-shopping to the delights and disasters of modern living, this book offers a revealing, humorous and relatable exploration of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. Enter at your peril….  ...

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Nina Cosford Illustration - Livingston Manor NY map


Various maps that Nina has illustrated over the years.   America Ground & White Rock Map for Hastings Borough Council. Amsterdam Map for Marie Claire Magazine. Livingston Manor Town Map for Livingston Manor Fly Fishing Club. London Map for Tate Britain. Brighton Map for S-E-T Studienriesen. Oxfordshire Map for Soho Farmhouse. Berlin Map for Marie Claire Magazine. Kings Cross Map for House of Illustration. Spooky Britain Map for Visit Britain. The Ale Explorer's Guide to Britain for Waitrose....

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Nina Cosford Illustration - Kalpana Chawla, Franklin planner, Herstory

Franklin Planner

Nina created the illustrations and hand-lettering for Herstory by Franklin Planner.   This year planner celebrates the lives and achievements of 12 iconic women throughout history (one for each month) and includes inspirational quotes from each.   Featuring Marie Curie, Kalpana Chawla, Shirley Chisholm, Teresa Carreño, Simone de Beauvoir, Efua Sutherland, Fanny Durack, Corrie Ten Boom, Keiko Fukuda, Ada Lovelace, Rosario Castellanos and Josefa Llanes-Escoda....

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Nina Cosford Illustration - hush homeward


A collaboration with homewear fashion brand Hush to celebrate the launch of their Spring 2021 collection.   Nina illustrated characters wearing various items from the new range which featured in both the Life etc magazine lookbook and also in a promotional colouring book.   You can download the colouring book here! ...

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Nina Cosford Illustration - Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark

Nina worked with the chief curator and educational team at Cutty Sark to create a brand new family activity trail for visitors to the iconic tea clipper in Greenwich.    Featuring four illustrated characters associated with Cutty Sark's history, visitors are guided around the ship via fun activities, fascinating trivia and a quest to find all of the stamps on board during their trip.   The artwork from the trail was also applied to the ship's official merchandise range available in the gift shop and online.   Read an interview with Nina about the project here!...

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