I was introduced to the lovely Camilla Hind towards the end of last year when she and I worked on a fun Christmas styling collaboration with two other bloggers. You know how you sometimes meet a person and you know instantly that you’re going to like them? Well, Camilla is one of those people – aside of simply being delightful to be around, she is one super-talented-multi-tasking-mama of two. For our collaboration project, she played the role of photographer, but Camilla is also an amazing artist who loves to make, share and inspire through colourful, whimsical, imaginary and personalised illustrations. Oh, and she’s a blogger too – check out the awesome blog she co-writes with her sister.
After seeing some of Camilla’s exquisite work, I fell in love with her tiny, detailed drawings and watercolours, and it wasn’t long before I asked her to make a personalised gift for a treasured friend who was about to leave Dubai. Our children had grown up together and I wanted her to have something sentimental, that the whole family could appreciate and enjoy, and most importantly, something that would bring back fond memories of their time in the UAE.
What Camilla produced was absolute perfection for me. She captured each of the children so beautifully and I can safely say that emotions about Jacqui’s imminent departure were running high because I burst into floods of tears the first time I saw it. And needless to say, it’s new owner had the same reaction.
Camilla’s background is not only in art, but she is also an experienced childcare professional. She grew up – in her own words – ‘with three layers of wool in snowy Norway’, studied Illustration at university in the UK, travelled to Turkey, Greece and Sweden where she worked with children, and now resides in Dubai with her hubby and two adorable kids, happily having ditched all the layers of wool and wellies.
Camilla’s artwork ranges from small, simplistic and fresh watercolour and fine pen illustrations, to large acrylic canvas paintings. If you’re as inspired with her creativity as I am, feel free to stalk her on Instagram where you’ll see many beautiful things in the making.
Before I sign off, I wanted to share this fitting quote from an email I received from Camilla, She said, “There is a huge, non-comparable, extraordinary rush that comes from handing over a finished piece of artwork to someone. If I’ve made them smile, or moved them somehow; It’s priceless. These are some of my very favourite moments.”