Village People: Camilla Seddon, Illustrator
This month's Village Green maker is Camilla Seddon who is an Edinburgh based illustrator and creator of the tea towels and greetings cards that we stock.
Where’s your favourite coffee spot?
Howdah Tea and Coffee Co for loose leaf green tea, which I drink by the gallon in my studio.
Where’s your favourite place to go in East Lothian, Edinburgh or Scotland?
The coasts, beaches and harbours within an hours drive of Edinburgh.
How did you start doing what you now do?
Although I read art history at Edinburgh and I'd done an art foundation at Manchester I didn't know how to make a career surviving and prospering in art from the get go. I went to work in creative businesses in London. I learned a lot from the experienced entrepreneurs I worked for and we also travelled to India and Vietnam a lot to see and design products which was a wonderful experience.
What was the first product you ever made?
I started a somewhat Heath Robinson handmade bags endeavour while I was a student, it was a short lived enterprise.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Complete autonomy and hopefully to be able to use any creative talent I have and to build on it, it is very sustaining.
What’s your next project?
I am about to start work illustrating a children's picture book by writer Molly Arbuthnott.
What are you most proud of?
My son Rufus.
What have you been reading recently?
Something of His Art: Walking to Lubeck With J. S. Bach by Horatio Clare
Red Rag to a Bull by Jamie Blackett
English Pastoral by James Rebanks
Wilding by Isabella Tree
The Comfort of Saturdays by Alexander McCall Smith
Do you have any tv / film recommendations?
I'm completely lacking in any sense of zeitgeist when it comes to telly. Though I did love Call My Agent. My latest addiction is The Bureau which is a French spy thriller.
What's your favourite way to spend a day off?
In the outdoors with the family. Preferably by the coast or climbing a hill.
What song gets you on the dance floor?
Pressure Drop by Toots and the Maytals.
Do you have a claim to fame?
I danced with Carlos Acosta!
Camilla Seddon Products