SarahKate's Blog

Enjoy a magical trip through the imagination of SarahKate and the women she paints.


  • On Instagram I am @artfullmother

    I'm really not on social media much anymore, but I understand that's how a lot of women find my work! 

    I am passionate about creating art that empowers women!

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    If you are looking for more photos from the henna sessions above, you can scroll through my blog or take these short cuts:

    Pregnancy Henna with a Tutle, Otter and Snake

    Dancing with Purple

    Soon to be big brother

    Close up on Shoulder Henna

    Peacock henna for pregnancy

    3 birds

    Musical Henna

    Honoring Dancing Women

    Hummingbird Henna

    If you are looking for more photos from the henna sessions above, you can scroll through my blog or take these short cuts:

    3 Generations Henna - Maiden, Mother, Wise Woman

    Sunflower Pregnancy Henna

    Maternity Photoshoot in the hot Colorado Summer

    Pregnancy henna with Sun, Moon, Mountains, Forest, and Lotus

    Sacred Feminine Henna, full chest tattoo with mountains

    Henna that goes through Birth - Newborn baby!

    Wise Woman Henna

    Lotus flower Pregnancy Henna

    Nursing henna

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Mandala-ish Henna Belly Design

    Another mandala-ish design, flowing up the belly, for this first time mama.


    It was a hot summer day when we took these photos! With all the rain we've been getting, it's still so lovely and green. This mama was glowing during her photo shoot!

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Giant Sunflower Henna Belly Design


    I first met this young mother-to-be when she was pregnant with her first in November of 2016. She requested something including a mandala, and this is the art that came through. It was actually snowing the day of her appointment, and we stepped outside and photographed her with the snow.


    Her 2nd pregnancy found us in the heat of summer, with her requesting a sunflower as part of her design. I have had a bunch of ideas for sunflower that I finally got to put to use! It was a thrill to create such a large flower on her blossoming belly.
    Her little boy is just so adorable! He's going to be a great big brother. What a treat to see him on the outside after "meeting" him in the belly 2 years ago... 


    It was such a a warm day and this lovely mama picked yellow silky things to be photographed in, carrying that glowing energy of the Sunflower. 

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Henna for birth!


     This lovely mama was in my studio to celebrate her 3rd pregnancy - thus the 3 birds. Her design incorporated several large flowers and leaves, kind of like a mandala. So wonderful to connect with her and hear her stories of motherhood. 


      She gave birth with the henna before I could photograph her with peaking pregnancy henna. I was so happy to hear her birth had gone well and she welcomed my into her home in Lafayette for some belly and baby photos. How I love to see babies on the outside! He is both incredibly small and large... just adorable.

    As you can see, when henna goes through birth the design stays pretty intact. The belly does shrink after birth, but it is a slow process and the design slowly fades away - a sweet reminder of her celebration. We stepped outside in her darling backyard garden and snapped this photo just before another spring rainstorm. 

     See more of my pregnancy art that has gone through birth  here

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  • Breastfeeding Henna Art

     I am so grateful that my work puts me in touch with so many mamas! I love their company and I love hearing their stories.

    This young mama is such a sweet new mother. Her baby was pretty distracted by the lights flashing and me gazing down at her with a camera, but it was only a matter of time before she settled down and began to nurse. Capturing this fleeting time in a child's life feels so meaningful.

     

    This mama messaged me later and said, "I just wanted to thank you again for the other day! It was such an amazing and special experience, and I'm so happy that I will have these pictures to cherish and pass on to my daughter one day.

    The whole thing was empowering as a woman and made me realize how lucky I am to have been able to breastfeed in the first place. Talking to you also helped me ground myself and be more in the moment, and connect with myself again.

    I have started my bullet journal and I love it! Writing down my blessings everyday is a new goal I am working on, and I wouldn’t have thought to do that if it weren’t for you. Thank you so much!"

     

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

     

    Posted by   SarahKate



  • Part of my current art project, Honoring the Sacred Feminine, involves capturing 3 generations at once, showing Maiden, Mother and Wise Woman all in one photo. This amazing mama came to me to celebrate her pregnancy, which had been especially challenging for her. I was so happy to meet her baby on the outside for these photos! What an absolute doll! 


    When this mama sat in my chair she talked about incorporating a lotus flower into her design. I found myself getting lost in the swirls, thinking about how water runs around a lotus flower and how milk travels out a breast into the baby. She also requested a butterfly and that came near the end, floating above her breast. 


    When her mom, the baby's grandmother, came in for henna, we spent a long time talking about what symbols were important to her. The tree of life theme was explored and we found the perfect placement on her body. Three hearts, for the three of them, hang from the tree. At the base of the tree is a lovely flower garden. 


    The photo shoot lasted about an hour and this dear baby kept pausing her lunch to look up at me and smile.  We laughed and had fun changing outfits. It really melted my heart to take these photos and see such loving bonds between all three women. 

     

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate


  •   I first met this lovely mama at her mother's blessing in 2012. By this point I had probably been to at least 20 gatherings like this and hers was one of the largest, full of loving women so happy to celebrate with her! 
      I'll never forget the emails leading up the event, where she asked for design details like this: A pregnant goddess in the form of a tree, with a Z on her belly (child's name starts with Z). There was to be a river flowing past the tree, a monkey in the tree, and of course a big beautiful shining heart. 


      She returned for postpartum henna and photos and I loved seeing her sweet new baby - adorable! This little on is about 7 now! Hard to believe how time flies.

      This mama heard about my Sacred Feminine Art Project and had a unique idea I had to try once she explained it. A fierce dragon, flying and breathing fire, with it's wing tips on her shoulders. It's tail dipped down into a lovely bit of lower back henna jewelry. 

      After I finished with her photos, she shared them on social media and said: "It’s true. I agonized over whether to post these pictures. My good friend SarahKate put out a call for models for her Sacred Feminine art book and asked that we bring an image for her to convey in her tattooing.

    I am so devastated by the treatment of children in our country and the dangers they face. I am so furious at the way women’s bodies are being judged and categorized and punished. I am so disheartened by the civil unrest in our country as divisions grow and fester. I came to this session with a vision I brought from a dream of a huge, winged, fire-breathing dragon with a glowing heart.

    Posting a picture like this gets you several responses: appreciation from lovers of art, hating from people who find it “too much“ to post such a thing, and maybe some perverted comments. I challenge you to find your own spirit in these times of trouble. I have been a dancer for 40 years and a bodyworker for 20.

    I am my own artwork and my own product and my own cash machine. I slap these pictures down here as an invitation to duel, world of negativity or those who disempower. Rise and breathe fire and lead from your glowing heart. #fierce #dragonsareeverywhere#womanflying "

     

      Simply email me if you would like to set up a time to be adorned with henna & photographed.

      I have packages that include a henna session and finished, high resolution photos as well as a printed book!

      SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com

      And of course feel free to sign up for my newsletter - you can read my JULY 2019 ArtUpdate and sign up here! 

    Posted by   SarahKate

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