Happy Friday! I am quite pleased to introduce you to Kendra from GreenPost. I stumbled across Kendra’s line of plantable gift tags (tags made with wildflower seeds), and I just had to share them and her with you! Kendra’s line of eco paper is fun and earth friendly. She makes her goods out of recycled junk mail, bills, receipts, as well as scraps from etsy seller Crafterall. Kendra is also a painter – what talent! You can check out her paintings here.
What inspires you?
Trees. The natural world. Solitude. Color. Organization. Variety. Change.
Share with us a little about your creative process.
My creative process is dependent upon momentum. I find that all my ideas and future work develops from everything I do in the present moment. Thus, I allow myself to be fully present to my work and allow the future to show itself to me gradually through the natural course of things. Invention happens through awareness in the moment. Papermaking is very Zen to me; a meditation.
Also, I allow people to influence the work as I am trying to create something that is ultimately useful. I find that people are compelled to communicate with me about my paper, so I make myself available to their suggestions and enthusiasm. This work is for people and I appreciate that people want to participate in the process.
What do you find most challenging about your craft?
While papermaking is a simple craft, it is constant like a river. The entire process is continual and cyclical. Therefore, my greatest challenge is to remain disciplined and tend to my craft daily.
What do you find most rewarding about it?
I am rewarded by the many letters I receive from people who are excited by my work. The fact that so many people support my work makes me feel successful in creating something people need, can use and feel good using. People are my reward.
If you had an unlimited budget, what would you buy to further your craft?
I would love to buy a paper press and a printing press.
What is your most prized possession?
My husband is a Venetian-style Glassblower. So, my favorite possessions are all the beautiful sculptures, vases, drinking glasses that he has made. I am very fortunate to live with such beauty surrounding me each day!
Name a guilty pleasure… what do you do to treat yourself?
If money and time were not an issue, where would you travel and what would you do while you’re there?
I have always wanted to travel to Brazil. I want to float down the Amazon River and see the great Rain Forest and then end my trip in Rio de Janeiro and celebrate Carnivale.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned within the past year?
I have learned that MOST people care about the environment and are looking to buy well-designed Green products. It makes me feel very optimistic about the future of the planet, other people and my decision to start this business. This business began with a kernel of an idea, but taking action was the most important element. Everything else is sorting itself out.
How would you like to be remembered by future generations?
I would like to be remembered as someone who served the greater good and did so with passion and style!
Thank you Kendra for sharing a little about your craft and yourself! It’s been a delight getting to know you!
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