The Touch of Chico was sadly postponed due to bad weather back in September… but good news we have a NEW date & a NEW location! Bodyworkers from various healing techniques will gather at the Living Light Studio on Park avenue to offer their special touches and energies to all attendees. Live music, food, henna, artisans, a raffle and more!
Let’s not forget the purely natural henna artistry with yours truly, Kristy!
Sunday October 20, 2013 noon-5 pm at Living Light Studio 2155 Park Avenue Chico, California
Please join me in support of your community radio this Sunday! KZFR 90.1 FM presents the 12th annual Touch of Chico at Chico Creek Nature Center.
Under the canopy of trees you will find Reikki, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Massage, Sound Healing, Integrated Therapies for Wellness, Henna Trails, Live music, Chico Chai, Healthful Food and Drink, Handmade Wares as well as a Raffle. All proceeds to support community radio, KZFR 90.1 FM in beautiful Chico, California. Bring your friends!
Henna Trails is heading up into the cool Sierra Nevada foothills for 4 days of authentic world music at the California Worldfest in Grass Valley! Find my tent by the main stage where the henna always is. I’m excited to hear new music I’ve never heard, and music I’ve loved for years. See you there!
classic music festival henna design, see you on the green!
This summer you can find me with my purely natural henna designs in Chico, California;
Thursday Night Market, every Thursday 6-9 pm * Broadway Street between 3rd & 4th St
Chapman Farmer’s Market every Friday 2-7 pm * Cleveland Avenue, by the park
The Thursday Night Market is bustling with energy and larger crowds, a nice selection of artisans, food trucks, fresh local produce and fresh food items with live bands on the streets and plaza of downtown.
The Chapman Farmer’s Market is a small and fairly new market situated against the community park on Martin Luther King Jr Parkway. You can find fresh local produce, artisans, plants, music and small crowds.
I hope to see you soon for some summer henna!
Chapmantown Farmer’s Market summer 2013
Henna special, artists choice at the Thursday Night Market summer 2013
Henna at the Thursday Night Market Chico, California summer 2013
fresh and locally grown flower bouquets at the Thursday Night Market spring 2013
Henna with a dash of purple toned cosmetic glitter at the Thursday Night Market
fresh and locally grown artichokes at the Thursday Night Market spring 2013
A new henna season and new shapes and forms emerge in the henna designs. Design elements added to muscle memory, new patterns and concepts inspire new work and spins on some older work. Henna downtown, on the street for the Thursday Night Market, 6-9 pm Chico, California.
Arabic styled modern henna pattern from my henna sketchbooks
$15.00 artist’s choice henna design inspired by Indian mehndi party designs for guests. No two designs are alike.
Some say the madala represents the cosmos, alot of people simply like the circular form. I just think they’re beautiful and enjoy creating them in the moment.
Henna pattern inspired from “Flowers of Marakkesh” by Nic Tharpa Cartier
Henna artistry Kristy McCurry
A new selection inthe henna pattern sketchbook. Geometrics are all the rage and I’m pretty happy about that.
Henna pattern inspired form “Arabian Peninsula” by Liz Ging
henna artistry 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.
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.
Intricate wedding henna mehendi requires mindful time for the henna artist and bride.
intricate lace like Indian mehndi
henna and family days before the wedding
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.