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!
Honoring rites of passage with body art is an age old tradition that I absolutely love to recreate in my own way as an artist! I love hearing about the journey, the plans, and of course the visions for the art to celebrate it. In this case, dandelions were woven into the design.
This session was earlier in the year - in July - and this sweet mama was just glowing! She had recently moved to our town of Lafayette in Colorado, and so we photographed her on some of our favorite local trails. There's something unique about the kind of photos we take - we always take them no matter what the weather is doing, because the henna is only peaking in color for 48 hours or so. It is a kind of magical practice to see what shows up and capture it with our cameras (my husband and I work together as a team to photograph). What flowers are blooming? What clouds are in the sky? How does the mama glow standing here, or there?
Rob (my husband) took this photo of me photographing this lovely mama-to-be.
I am so happy to announce to release of the Fall Issue of Artfull Mother Magazine! As always, download/read it for free on our website: http://www.artfullmother.com/
At the center of the Fall Issue is a piece on “Tandem Nursing” with an awesome mama, Astrid, and her 2 beautiful children. It’s a piece about being strong and having the courage to do what we feel is right for our children, in spite of what that voice our heads says or that disapproving voice coming from another person. When I first decided to write this piece, I didn’t l know where it would go, but I knew there were challenges and rewards with tandem nursing that I was interested in hearing about. When I found Astrid, strong and wise, I knew I had found the mama for whom I was looking. What I really took away from this story was the personal freedom she was determined to hold onto [for the cause as much as herself] and how this situation built closeness, communication and connection with her and her tiny children.
Flip right to this page: https://issuu.com/artfullmother/docs/artfull_mother_magazine-fall_2017/20
Henna changes color as it dries - it starts out looking greenish brown and dries into a dark brown. This paste flattens as it dries and the natural dye molecule seeps into the layers of skin for several hours. The photo below shows the art in progress, I still have a lot of spots to fill in.
And here is the completed henna design, a kind of bouquet that similar to the zentangle style.
I love to see families celebrating together like this! This sweet little boy is just 16 months old. Henna stains everyone's skin a little differently, and I love the shade it got to in this image.
It was really neat to adorn Sanjana and hear about how she had grown up playing with henna in Inida. She requested a mandala but with creative expression radiating out. I loved how the art came through!
She returned after her baby was born and I got to hear about how she managed with 2 little boys. Read the article on http://www.artfullmother.com/ in the current (Fall 2017) issue.
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.....