Alesha Van Beek intends to pursue a career in the arts. Ten years out from her 2015 graduation from BCSS she’d like to either be an art teacher or running her own business.
Alesha says art has been her passion since Grade 7 when she began braiding friendship bracelets. Since then her skill has increased and the designs she makes today reveal her talent in knot-work, macramé and braiding.
She also works in clay, painting, drawing, dream-catchers, necklaces and fabric. “And I can decorate fingernails like nobody’s business,” she says with a grin.
She may have to change her marketing plan though—to date she hasn’t actually sold any bracelets, thinking it friendlier if she simply gives them to others.
But Alesha says her artistic talents have flourished during her time at BCSS and she considers herself a professional artist.
During her secondary school years, Alesha has received multiple awards for attendance, effort and achievement.
She will be looking for work this summer, hoping to land something that will give her more experience in the arts world.
Alesha came to the Boundary from Abbottsford, and she is thinking of returning there after grad. “Back to where I know how to get around,” she said. “How to get to the library, get my life started.”