April to September from 6-9 pm, the streets of downtown Chico, California close to vehicles and open to the local community for the Thursday Night Market. Chico is known for it’s passion for localvore habits and the market is a great place to see what is coming into season, foodwise and artistically as many musicians and performing artists occupy stages, local artisans abound, as well as community groups. I have been providing henna there since 2009, and it has been a great blessing. I have met and connected with many people, and have seen many return year after year, week after week for henna.
Henna truly is amazing. What a natural gift.
Thank you Chico! See you at the market!
You can find me on Broadway between 3rd and 4th street in Chico, California April-September 6-9pm for natural henna, exclusively local produce, handcrafted food, wares, jewelry, and food trucks
Floral cuff henna for her birthday at the market.
Henna design inspired by Arabian Penninsula by Liz Ging at the Thursday Night Market, henna by Kristy McCurry.
naturalista for life. Purely natural henna imparts temporal and beautifully rich earthy designs upon your skin. Ask your henna artists what is in their paste to ensure an authentic henna experience, the paste should smell clean and earthy.
Henna $10.00 special at the Thursday Night Market Chico, California. April to September 6-9pm.
Today by my west window, working on my leather amulet necklaces for my etsy shop with a fresh henna stain, just newly oxidizing.
By tomorrow morning it will become richer and darker. Stop back in to see how it turns out!
Tonight you can find me on Broadway Street, bewtween 3rd and 4th street for natural henna with myself and Fatima’s Jewled Henna from 6-9 pm in Chico, California. We’d love to see you!
An early afternoon in Bidwell Park, the jewel of my city. I saw only one piece of litter to be contained and crews of volunteers cutting back and digging the blackberry plants which are wildly proliferate in our area. We sat under the trees around the Nature Center to celebrate natural life in Bidwell Park. A happy day.
One fine day in June I packed my henna cones, sketches and wooden stool into my bicycle basket and set off into Bidwell Park to journey to another side of Chico, California for Sara’s wedding henna appointment. It was a good day, I felt honored to be able to share the artistry of mehendi with her, a fellow artist. I knew working in such detail would be a challenge, and I was a little nervous, but the ride through the park relieved my worries and cleared my mind.
Earlier in the year we met for her bridal consultation to decide what design direction to take, as there are many styles of henna to choose from. She liked the idea of fine details to her elbows and little to no floral designs, Indian lace style mehendi came to my mind immediately. We set her henna appointment to be 3 days before her wedding, a day she would share with loved ones and a hen party.
I spent a few weeks seeking henna designs on flickr in her style and making little sketches of details I liked from other henna artists. I liked her style choice, and felt mandalas and half mandalas would be a great element to include in her henna. I tried to design each 4 parts of her wedding henna with different, yet cohesive designs. Her palms would have a design which came together when her palms were cupped upward. We would hide her groom’s name in the details.
Wedding henna this detailed takes time to apply skillfully and Sara was most patient. Let’s just say it took me more than 3 hours. We started in the afternoon, I find it is a great time to start wedding henna, as the light is perfect and there is plenty of time for the henna to seep into the topmost layers of your skin. This leaves you the option of removing your henna paste in the late evening and letting it oxidize while you sleep.
So this is her wedding henna part I, I’ll have the rest of her story next week.
Photography: Vinnie Johnson Are you inspired by the beauty of henna? I can help you fulfill your vision and connect you to the roots of natural beauty. Your skin is a perfect canvas. Contact me to make the ancient artistry of henna a realization for you.
Society6 and I are offering free shipping for a limited time in my newly created Our Folk Life online shop! I am loving the look of the dark wooden plank and turquoise toned mandala motif, decidedly rustic. Certainly bohemian…what device?
My art is all hand drawn, Society6 enables me to produce items I normally would not be able to offer at reasonable prices. Society6 is based out of San Francisco and so far I have been very pleased with their service and the environment they nurture. There are very many quality artists keeping shop, with new offerings daily. I upload my art image, they store it and print on demand. I’m so excited, so many opportunities, so many visions to come to life.
I would like to let my readers know I am blogging about my folk art on Our Folk Life. Henna Trails will continue to focus on henna body arts, culture and design. Join me if you like my folk art!