camillemedinadesigns

Fun greeting cards, art prints, stationery and zines

Leicester, England On Etsy since 2014

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camillemedinadesigns

Fun greeting cards, art prints, stationery and zines

Leicester, England | 160 Sales

Announcement    Hey you! Welcome to my shop! If there is anything you would like to know or if you want to check if a particular item is in stock don't hesitate to give me a shout!

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Last updated on 28 Dec, 2018

Hey you! Welcome to my shop! If there is anything you would like to know or if you want to check if a particular item is in stock don't hesitate to give me a shout!

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Camille Medina

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About camillemedinadesigns

Sales 160
On Etsy since 2014

"The noblest art is that of making others happy.” - P.T. Barnum

I’ve been a creative for as long as I can remember. As a little girl and young person I had always loved drawing, telling stories, inventing plays, writing poetry, and making things. At the time I didn't know that it was actually possible to make a living out of creativity. In fact when, at age 8, I announced that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, many well-meaning adults (not my parents though) started to tell me how unstable and difficult a career it was, how likely it was that I would end up penniless and they usually finished their speech with examples of artists – most of the time it was Van Gogh – who’d hardly sold any paintings during their lifetime. Those stories are very intimidating and discouraging when you are 8 years old. To be honest they are very intimidating and discouraging no matter how old you are. I didn’t want to be poor, nor did I want to drown in a spiral of sorrow and despair, go mad and die (not necessarily in that order). So I put my dreams of becoming an artist aside and carried on my creative activities only as a hobby for many years.

Fast forward fifteen years:
After completing a Master's degree in Business and Marketing I left France for the UK (this is a story for another time) and got myself a ‘serious’ office job. That job had two main advantages: 1) I wasn’t poor, and 2) I had a lot of time after work and at the weekends which I filled with drawing, knitting, making greeting cards for friends and family, and learning various creative skills. All this creative activity in my spare time eventually led to a collaboration nearly four years later that resulted in my first published children's picture book.

In the process of working on the book I realised that this was what I actually wanted to do in life and six months later I was leaving my office job to become a full-time illustrator. I opened my Etsy shop shortly after as a way to share my creations with the world.

Nowadays I work from my home studio (essentially, a desk in a corner of my living room at the moment) in Leicestershire where I juggle between illustration work for clients, my side job as a Brand Strategist and Brand Naming consultant, and creating new products for my Etsy shop.

Most of my illustrations are inspired by real life and a lot of my products can be traced back to a joke that I shared with my boyfriend, a note I wrote him or an illustration I drew for him. Each and every one of my designs is, as a result, very personal to me and I hope that they can bring you and your loved ones as much joy as they’ve brought us.

I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes, which is by P.T. Barnum. It goes like this: “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” This is very much what my work is all about.

Thanks for reading!

Shop members

  • Camille Medina

    Owner, Creator

    I am a French illustrator and surface pattern designer based in the UK. I love to draw funny things and to come up with short stories. I also get all excited when I go to stationery shops and to Ikea.

Production partners

  • a printing company

    Watford, England

    They print my zines.

  • a printing company

    London, England

    They print some of my greeting cards and postcards.

  • a printing company

    Cheltenham, England

    They made it all even more real by printing and binding the book.

  • a friendly printing company

    Stockton-on-Tees, England

    They print sticker sheets.

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Last updated on 18 May, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Are your cards blank inside?

Yes, all my cards are left blank inside for your own message.

Will I be able to track my order?

To keep the cost of shipping down orders do not include tracking as standard. Please message me if you would like to upgrade your order to tracked delivery and I will sort it out for you.

I need my order as soon as possible

I process your orders within 1 to 3 business days but if you need your order urgently, or by a specific date, please message me via Etsy and I can advise you.

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