Sorry it has been over a month since I posted last! I have realized I fell off the blog earth right after I finished by final exams at UBC. The next morning I jumped on a flight to Oahu to go spend a month volunteering for a non-profit organization called Surfing the Nations and a week later flew out to visit family in Denver. After experiencing an adventurous start to a beautiful four month summer (I love University), here I am now, back in Vancouver, working at the garden store and as of yesterday launched kendal designs!
I have always been slightly obsessed with the concept of creating and having people love my designs enough they admire them (or purchase them!). Having gone to a visual arts school for high school, admiring the art work of other students in my class was a common practice (many of whom are still pursuing the arts at schools such as Emily Carr). I was fortunate to be inspired by some pretty talented students back in high school and have always wanted to continue to create.
Since I can remember, I have always been drawn to both art and nature and a conversation with the head of my high school arts program has always haunted me. When I was in grade 11 I made the decision to drop the film class I was taking to take biology 11 (I was stoked because bio 11 was focused on plants and animals). The head of my program was choked that I was replacing a heavily art based course with an science course. The conversation basically entailed that I was making a mistake choosing the “academic” science path as opposed to the visual arts design path he envisioned me following. This conversation has surprisingly haunted me because I felt as though it was a choice between visual arts and studying science/art at UBC. This was shattered a few days ago when I got accepted to the forestry program at UBC I have been dreaming about and launched kendal designs!
This day to me truly symbolized the mixing of two worlds that in reality where never separate. Having a passion and flair for the arts only benefits any area you explore and/or work in and vice versa. I could not be more ecstatic about my little local design company that so far is all about creating terrariums and the fact that I can finally chant “wood is good” at UBC and take countless conservation and forestry courses!
Here are a few photos of my new creations for kendal designs! Instagram: kendaldesigns