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Camilla Martin

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About me

I am a freelance artist and illustrator, open to commissions and collaborations. From 2014 - 2016 I was running my own illustrated greeting card business, Silly Moo. I developed this animal brand from vision to fully operational business, successfully selling cards across the UK, winning kickstarter funding and numerous creative business awards including Durham Creative Blueprint Award. Since 2016, I decided to take a step back from my animals to explore other mediums and art forms, and, amongst other things, have worked on large scale portrait commissions in clay and oils. I also work on illustration commissions. Currently I am illustrating the website for Cambridge University's Hughes Hall May Ball. Over the past few years I have illustrated wedding invites; I was commissioned to make a large Greco-Roman sculpture of a man's head; I completed two portrait commissions; was shortlisted for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and three times Columbia Threadneedle Prize. Currently I am illustrating for Cambridge University Hughes Hall May Ball website.

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Skills

  • Illustrator
  • Animal Illustration
  • Blog Illustration
  • 3D Illustration
  • Botanical Illustration
  • Childrens Illustration
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Food Illustration
  • Beauty Illustration
  • Commission Painting

Work history

Currently

Freelance Artist and Illustrator

Self-employed

Feb 2016
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Since 2016, I decided to take a step back from my animals to explore other mediums and art forms, and, amongst other things, have worked on large scale portrait commissions in clay and oils. I also work on illustration commissions. Currently I am designing for Cambridge University's Hughes Hall May Ball website.

2015

Digital Communications Officer

Dorset AONB

Oct 2014 - Apr 2015
  • Dorchester, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • - 6-month placement taken in conjunction with running Silly Mooo from home. - I made two films about Dorset's History. This included research, execution, filming, editing and presenting. - I re-wrote all the copy for the website. - I re-wrote the structure of the website to increase simplicity and usability. - I re-designed the basic layout of the website. - I maintained a social media presence. - I wrote a blog about my workplace, inspired by Greg McKeown's book 'Essentialism'​ - This blog won me a place at the CCSkills conference in London, 2015. At this event I was particularly inspired by the entrepreneur Nii Sackey's (founder of Bigga Fish) call to arms for more arts organisations to employ younger people. Efficiency is driven by critical, fresh thinking.

2015

CEO of Silly Moo

Silly Moo

Oct 2012 - Feb 2015
  • Durham, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Silly Mooo: I designed, edited, printed, advertised and distributed a range of whacky animal cards. We sold in numerous shops across the UK and successfully sold a Christmas range online using social media in December 2014. - In 2010 I won the creative section of Durham's Blueprint Business Competition, worth £500. - I was the only undergraduate at Durham to be entered into the Santander Business Competition. - I sold in 13 shops across the UK. - I was later awarded a further £500 in Kickstarter funding. - I developed Silly Mooo from an ambitious vision to a basic concept to a fully operational business, including financial set-up, website design and execution. - I created a business plan including financial forecasting. - I visited Harrogate trade fair April 2013 and Top Drawer Olympia 2013. - I was a graduate of the Ladder Club Seminars for start-up publishers. - I effectively marketed Silly Mooo using social media and trade magazines. - I managed the day-to-day business operations in parallel with my degree. - I took the decision in 2015 to close Silly Mooo in order to focus on other art projects.

Education

Currently

PGCE in Secondary Art and Design Education

Cambridge University

Sep 2017
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom

2014

BA (Hons) 1:1

Durham University

Oct 2010 - Jun 2014
  • Durham, United Kingdom
  • In my dissertation I explored the work of Polly Morgan and the changing nature of taxidermy through time. I also researched, filmed and presented my own programme about a Tibetan necklace, which resulted in the necklace being reclassified in Durham's Oriental Museum.

2010

Art Foundation

Central Saint Martins

Oct 2009 - Jun 2010
  • London, United Kingdom

Awards

2017

Columbia Threadneedle Prize

The Mall Galleries

  • Three of my paintings were shortlisted for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, 2017, Britain's biggest open exhibition for figurative art.

2016

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Royal Academy of Arts

  • My painting, 'You're All Invited' was shortlisted for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

2013

Creative Blueprint Competition

Durham University

  • My business plan and pitch for Silly Moo won me Durham's largest business award in the creative section, alongside two sets of kickstarter funding.