My weekend: Kendal James

Kendal James
Kendal James
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Kendal James, 25, is a self-employed designer. She lives in Southsea with her boyfriend.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

We had four three-day breaks in August last year. We went to Edinburgh to see our friend perform at the Fringe festival. Then it was Bristol for the Harbourside festival, that’s where I’m from. We also went canal boating with family in Warwick and Rome.

What was the last gig/concert you went to?

I tend to get my music fix from festivals so it was Victorious last year, where I was running lots of free workshops for children. I went to Blissfields festival last year too, as lots of Southsea groups go.

The last book you read? Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrel. It’s a dark and magical story about English wizards 200 years ago.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

By playing computer games if I get the chance, otherwise I crochet while watching a film or a TV series. At the moment it’s the Sopranos – I love Italian mobster films and TV.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

There are quite a few people I’d love to meet, but I’ve idolised Doris Day since I can remember, so it would have to be her.

Where do you eat out?

I love a Greek meze so I’m a big fan of the Turkish and Greek restaurants on Osborne Road – The Agora, Steki and Istanbul Grill.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

Brewhouse & Kitchen or the King Street Tavern, which is where I run an event called Doodle Club on the first Thursday of each month.

And what about a day trip further afield?

Winchester. You’ll find lovely walks off in all directions which are each filled with interesting buildings and shops. I love Wine Utopia, which is an independent wine shop on St Thomas Street. For a really interesting and historical hour-long thing to do, get a tour of the cathedral. They take you all the way up into the roof and then outside to look over the whole city.

Do you have any hobbies? I’m fortunate enough to be using my hobbies to make money these days. Most of my design work is derived from hobbies. It includes pixelated projects using hama beads, crochet toy making and digital illustration which I do to create posters and branding for other small businesses. I’ve been dressmaking since I was a child but that’s mostly just for myself. My online shop is at