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Chico Earthdance 2014

September 21, 2014

Earthdance is an annual Global Peace Party, music and dance events around our world. Social activism since 1997. In Chico, California, it was the 9th annual Chico Earthdance. Featuring performances from Alli Battaglia and the Musical Brewing Company, Los Caballitos de la Cancion, Soul Union, The Electrified Redemption Project, Lost in Outer Space, and Chico West African Drum and Dance, interactive painting, local artists and producers in Cedar Grove, Bidwell Park one Sunday afternoon. We artists circled at the edge of the oaks in Cedar Grove, one of my favorite festival spaces ever…this park is pure Chico magic.

It’s winter and the solstice has come, I love the winter light, so angular and low, it picks up details that get lost when the summer sun shines from above. To keep the cold away, we tend a fire in our ultra efficient wood stove and life slows down alot.

I like to take this time to practice henna, the designs I really crave, the designs all the rage worldwide, and concepts especially geared toward my upcoming market season. I recently joined instagram and it has been intensely inspiring for me, I really appreciate photography media sites. I am amazed at how our world uses henna, there seems to be endless creativity and expression.

I have admired khaleeji style henna for years, it’s a style I would most likely wear myself. Instagram has enabled me to view so many current khaleeji stye henna photos. I am practicing the designs so I may be able to go on and create my own designs in this style.  I tend to do alot of small or casual hennas, many designs I admire are too complex for my market, so I pick a few elements and combine them into something new.The designs at times appear to literally move across and bloom upon the hand, with so much grace and movement. I have tried to capture that grace for years, it always escaped me, my mind’s eye could not work with my hands and muscle memory. I engaged in a series of henna sessions using expired paste on paper, repetitions at first, moving on to hand templates later and seeing how, after a dozen pages of finished templates, certain elements flow more naturally. Henna breakthrough, epiphany, and the next series reflects that new muscle memory and I am so psyched. What feels like, and really is, years of study comes together.

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Making things happen in the quiet winter. 2013
Making things happen in the quiet winter. 2013

Your community radio

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! KZFR presents Touch of Chico 2013

Thursday Night Market Henna June 27, 2013

Thank you Chico for coming out in the heat for natural henna once again! I will be at the Chapman Market today on the end of Cleveland Ave by the community park. Saturday come join us and support the Wildflower Music Festival from 11am-11pm with Junior Toots!

I am currently preparing for California World Fest in Grass Valley, you can find my henna tent by the main stage. I am so excited to return to my family’s favorite festival!

My market schedule in Chico will resume July 18th 2013. See you then!

Paisley design from my henna pattern book, Arabic Trails.
Paisley design from my henna pattern book, Arabic Trails.
Modern tribal street henna in Chico, California. SUmmer 2013
Modern tribal street henna in Chico, California. SUmmer 2013
Purely natural henna with a dusting of cosmetic glitter at the Thursday Night Market in Chico, California
Purely natural henna with a dusting of cosmetic glitter at the Th

Purely natural henna paste

Ingredients in Henna Trails' henne paste, mixed fresh and in house.
Ingredients in Henna Trails’ henna paste, mixed fresh and in house.

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.

henna style

purely natural henna hands
purely natural henna hands

Purely natural henna style in California. Henna is made from the leaves of the henna plant, a small shrub grown throughout Southeast Asia for skin decoration. Skillfully applied by hand for best results. Always check your henna artists’ portfolio for consistent skill and style in her designs. This henna is at day 4, after plenty of chores and hard work.

open palms, open minds or something like that

A delicately henna’d palm allures like an ancient beauty. A rather discrete place for henna and also the absolute best place for deep and dark henna stains.

purely natural artful henna with Kristy McCurry of Henna Trails Chico, California
purely natural artful henna with Kristy McCurry of Henna Trails Chico, California
purely natural henna with Kristy McCurry of Henna Trails Chico, California
purely natural henna with Kristy McCurry of Henna Trails Chico, California

Happy New Year, now go find an excellent henna artist and try something new!

 

Rain Henna

It rained this week for the first time in maybe, 5-6 months. Deep and heavy rains, the earth smells fantastic now. After some adjusting, I don’t mind at all.

The season may be changing, however you can still indulge in henna for your self with a private appointment, with friends for a henna party, or consider your future wedding henna. Please contact us  for availability. Experience purely natural and artistic henna with Henna Trails.

Wedding Henna in Black and White

Last February, Jahlelah and I sat down one evening and began the meticulous application of her bridal mehendi. Months prior, we had consulted over her design possibilities. I presented her with Indian bridal mehendi books, and a few of my own henna designs, as well as links to portfolios of some very talented bridal artists in the US. Soon I had an idea of what designs  appealed to her and the length of her henna. We knew she liked the idea of the mehendi appearing as netted gloves, her henna would start below her elbow and down to her fingertips. Solid fingertips would be the most dramatic. We took a motif inspired by some lace she had, added a mandala motif from Asha Savla’s Vivaah mehndi book. Her heart palm was inspired by the work of Henna Lounge and the mandalas were added around that motif. A design this structured takes time to finish, as every part needs good symmetry between both hands. While it was meticulous work, I really enjoyed the particular meditation working on such a scale brings. 

Jahlelah and Lance’s wedding was a beautiful reflection of their community. Heartfelt, family oriented, and handmade.  Best wishes to the happy family!

Purely natural henna adornment for all brides in Chico California with Henna Trails. Artfully designed and applied mehendi using only the finest henna paste, mixed in house for rich stains. Bridal henna is priced by design complexity rather than hourly. Contact us to schedule your 30 minute bridal consultation.