Creativity is on the cards

Kendal James (inset) and examples of her work.

Kendal James (inset) and examples of her work.

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Take the children along to Cumberland House Natural History Museum in Southsea to create some unique cards with artist Kendal James.

The ‘eye-candy cards’ session will start at 10am on Sunday.

Kendal, 25, says the workshop will be open to youngsters as well as adults.

She says: ‘In the sessions we use a huge variety of different materials, which means there’s something for any age group to work with and understand.’

Kendal says her crafts are influenced by her love of computer games.

‘The things I make are either pixelated or crochet and usually very colourful – a feast for the eyes,’ she says.

‘I’ve played role-playing computer games since the first Pokémon Gameboy games.

‘Computer games have always encouraged me to love stories and visual arts. I love seeing how they change and develop every year – technology is very exciting.’

Kendal studied art and design at City of Bristol College and moved to Portsmouth when she was 18 to study interior design at the University of Portsmouth.

She says she has been making things for as long as she can remember.

Kendal says: ‘It began with making dresses for my dolls as a child.

‘My mum is very creative so I copied her a lot when I was younger too.’

Kendal has been running cardmaking workshops for three years, since she became a member of Southsea Greenhouse, which is located behind 
the museum.

It costs £5 to take part and the workshop is free for over 50s and the unemployed.

Bookings are required, call 07530 913 211 or visit facebook.com/eyecandybykendaljames for more information.

Other upcoming workshops include ‘Recycle with Decoupage’, at which participants can learn to make attractive arts and crafts with recycled materials.

Led by Emma Harris, this workshop will take place on Sunday, February 8 at 10am at Cumberland House.

There will also be a ‘Barista’ workshop at the The Southsea Coffee Co on Monday, February 9 at 7pm, where you will be able to learn how to make pictures in your coffee.

For more details about workshops organised by Southsea Greenhouse visit southseagreenhouse.co.uk.

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