This month I collaborated with H.Mares on her blog, A Fashion Statement for a little beautiful Halloween Henna photo shoot. PLease click on over to browse the gallery and snatch up a coupon for my Etsy shop, Our Folk Life. Happy Halloween friends!
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!
Sometimes, it is the smallest henna designs which capture my eye. Henna is so very flexible that even the smallest design charms. A little henna design inspired from the pattern book “Moor on the Spot” found on Henna Tribe. http://hennatribe.org/ht_store.php
This paste was freshly mixed using certified organic Rajasthani henna powder, hibiscus flower/tamarind tea, and Aromatherapy grade essential oils for quality henna stains. Genuine natural adornment, used in ancient days, inspiring our modern age. Natural henna leaves behind a lush deep earthy red stain, your design will last anywhere from 7-14 days, depending on body placement, after care and chemistry.
I have become completely enamored by henna palms lately. I love the idea that the palms are rather personal. not everyone sees yourpalms, unless you like them to. Ah, excepting money, item transactions, the palms are usually out there at those times. So goes my theory…
Well, it is winter and the tops of my hands spend nearly all day covered in olive oil. Olive oil is good for henna stains, less so for henna paste.
This design was inspired by a video from Ash Kumar that I have been studying. I am drawn to his design work because it has so much movement. My clients tend to prefer the more Arabic styled mehndi, I have never had the opportunity to do traditional Indian bridal mehndi, so I go with what my current clientele likes…open flowing designs, also my personal favorite style. I wear henna for no other reason than as a natural beautification style.
My henna paste is made with 100% organic Rajasthani henna powder, tea, cajeput essential oil and sugars. I love the fact that henna is from a plant and has been used for thousands of years. Thousands. Love henna.
I have been buried under a heaping pile of henna powder, tea, essential oils and cones the past few weeks. I love it! The henna season is in full swing, despite unusual weather in my typically hot community. I am in my 9th week at the Thursday Night Market in downtown Chico, California. My tent has been busy with ladies of all ages loving henna culture. We have had a few local festivals which were great fun and all had a good turn out. My community is vibrant and loves festivals.
This spring my first henna art book was published by Jigna publishing and master mehendi artists, Justine Howland Goodwin of Magicalmehendi and Neeta Sharma of Mehndidesigner. I am honored to work with such talented ladies, who like my art! Big happy sighs from me. My design book is inspired by Northern California festivals and markets I participate in, as well as my love of Pan-Asian decorative folk arts. In my book you will NOT find any tattoo flash style art. What you will find is elegant heart motifs, swirling clouds, suns and moons, floral sweeps and lotuses to mention a few. Click my cover art to buy this e-book for instant download and printing. Place the design papers in protective sheets, print the gorgeous cover in color, and place it all in a binder to take with you to your next gig! PLease. If you have purchased my henna art book, please take a moment to leave a review on the payloadz site and let me know how you like it!
Thank you for supporting the arts♥
happy henna love,