California Worldfest 2014 was amazing as usual, I was there with my henna artistry. You can read all about it on my sister site, Our Folk Life.
One afternoon last January I took a ride downtown to the La Rocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room to provide henna artistry for a beautiful and intimate wedding. Henna, or mehendi as part of marriage rites is an enduring tradition, and mehendi is applied for many celebrations in India. Mandalas were chosen for their hands, a classic India style motif. Mandalas are sometimes thought to represent the universe or the cosmos, mandalas are also some of my favorite motifs for henna.
I love this wedding henna photo, the atmosphere is completely steeped in Chico, California! Life up here in Northern California is relaxed and casual, we’re all striving to live as one with nature, and that has a profound effect on our community. Purely natural henna is a marvelous compliment to our local lifestyle, even if the henna plant doesn’t grow here! I’m here to cultivate henna as adornment just for you, what inspires you?
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!
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!
Happy Earth Day, friends!
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.
Thank you for stopping by!
- Model: Emily Teague,
- MUA: Lindsey Deshler
- Henna: Kristy McCurry
- 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.
1. body art quality henna powder
2.aromatherapy grade essential oils; cajeput, cardamom, cedar and lavender oil
3.warm tamarind and hibiscus tea
4. jaggery or, raw sugar
Paste mixing day comes once a week, mixed smoothly and set aside to develop and release the dye contained within the leaf so we can all have stunning natural henna stains.