My Speciality is honoring motherhood with Henna Tattoos. I love to adorn pregnant and breastfeeding women with henna then make beautiful photos for them. I live in Lafayette, CO and travel the front range from Colorado Springs, Denver and as far North as Fort Collins to find my living works or art. I am also the creative director of Artfull Mother magazine - a local magazine devoted to the interests of mothers and the art that empowers them!
I first met Victoria in 2014 to celebrate her rite of passage into motherhood. I adorned her pregnant belly and photographed her in a field by our home. It was a glorious spring day and she was glowing.
It's been really wonderful to stay connected, to return to her home to adorn her postpartum & meet her baby girl. Through the wonders of social media I've had the pleasure of watching her little girl grow up. When I announced my Sacred Feminine art project, she responded and we set up an appointment. Since having her baby she'd undergone a surgery that resulted in a large scar on her belly, and she wanted to incorporate it into the henna design. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would make a beautiful trunk of a tree. There were a few other symbols to incorporate - a peacock for body love as well as a goddess symbol. It can be challenging to love a changing body and there are so many things we can do to see ourselves in a positive light again. Henna is definitely one of them! Sacred Feminine art like this often reminds women of how precious and beautiful they are.
This henna design combines the fierce energies of dragon with feminine strength & grace. I loved getting to know this amazing woman and hear her stories of body love.....
It has been really sweet to connect with a lot of women for this project that I first met when they were pregnant. A tree is a powerful symbol of life, of family, of being grounded. This mama picked the tree design for her pregnant belly and many years later, again for her back. Check out her twin belly from years ago in my first book, Blessed Belly Blessed Baby, Honoring Motherhood with Henna Tattoos, Volume 1 (http://www.blurb.com/user/SarahKate74?filter=bookstore&page=2&profile_preview=true). Below is one of the photos of her from this volume:
And the rest are from this summer's session!
This amazing woman came into my studio in Lafayette, Colorado and asked for a henna design with marigolds to honor her ex-husband's passing. We took a moment to set intentions and I knew she would be reminded of these every day as she looked at her design. Henna is soothing to the nerves and can be a wonderful treatment during a time of grief. Later she wrote: "Flower of life and death radiating energy of love, of remembrance. A focal point of transition and transformation, transmutation of source. A beautiful reminder to enjoy the beauty that is, right now, for everything is temporary. I am here now. I am alive. I am love."
This Westminster mama came to my studio with a request for an elephant, 3 birds and lotus flowers to celebrate her pregnancy. I love how they ended up flowing up her body....
The 10th issue of Artfull Mother is out! I am grateful to work with women like Samantha, who shares another story in her on going Bond Project. Download the whole magazine at artfullmother.com or simply flip to this article here.
It is wonderful to celebrate Samantha's pregnancy with henna after getting to know her & her story around fertility. Samantha is such a loving mama and I am so grateful to get to witness this new family member coming through soon! Henna design requests include lotus and dragonfly.
Previous henna session (below) was done early on and acknowledged Samantha's children with birds. We'll do one more in August and I'm so curious what design requests she'll have!