Shannon Mendes is an Ecological Landscape Designer, an Organic Master Gardener and a member of the Society of Urban Organic Land Care. She has a Certificate in Permaculture Design from the University of British Columbia, a Diploma in Organic Land Care from Gaia College, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and has over 15 years of experience running a small business in Vancouver, BC. Shannon believes that by making choices to become more sustainable, anyone can affect positive change for our future generations. With integrity and passion for observing the beauty and resilience of natural systems, Shannon will design a vibrant, healthy and low maintenance garden benefiting your family for years to come.
"Shannon's creative arts background combined with her passion for organic land care practice and ecosystem health made her an exceptional choice in designing our family a vibrant healthy garden."
Shannon's Arts Background
Shannon Mendes has been apart of Vancouver's visual arts community as a photographic artist since the late 90's; creating visual stories that explore the social manifestations that deepen communities. Her work includes one of Vancouver's first ever pop-up exhibits chronicling social life in Cuba, an installation exploring transit's ability to connect people through public social spaces, and a community engagement multi-media piece for the South Hill Neighbourhood.
In addition to her fine art work, Shannon's company of 15+ years, Shannon Mendes Photography, took her around the globe shooting editorial reportage for Canadian, American and European Publications. Shannon has shot and published over 150 portrait profiles of artists, musicians, activists, actors, educators and visionaries and over 250 larger scope projects including:
· The Dundas Collection: Together with Globe & Mail Writer, Sarah Milroy, travelled to Prince Rupert to document the story of the repatriation of Tsimshian artifacts for the book project Tsimshian Treasures: The Remarkable Journey of the Dundas Collection
· Colin Angus, Adventure Writer: After completing the first human powered circumnavigation of the globe, Colin Angus returned home for his first haircut in 3 years. The project documents the layers of emotion revealed at the barbershop.
· 40 Under 40 Report on Business, Global and Mail: Shoot took me to 7 cities in 16 days including an Inuit village in Northern Labrador where I had to skidoo on the frozen shores in a survival suit to get the shot.
· Fashion in El Salvador: two-week shoot in locations all over El Salvador with a team of over 40 talent and crew. Shannon was filmed and interviewed by CBC News World and Fashion File.