My Speciality is honoring motherhood with Henna Tattoos, but I adorn women and their daughters for all kinds of reasons - birthday parties, rites of passage, even weddings. 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 love my work! Creating art for pregnancy is just so much fun. This mama requested including hearts, so the henna design unfolded with several sweet little hearts and of course a big one on the belly. This was part of a 2 hour appointment in my home studio in Lafayette.... ah.... how I love to work from home doing what I love. I am so grateful.
I have been working with an amazing yoga teacher at the mama'hood in Denver -Sara Guenther. Together we create date nights for either mothers & daughters, or mothers & sons. These date nights include an hour of mother daughter/son yoga, light refreshments followed by a little henna adornment !
Check the calendar at mama'hood for the exact dates - there's often one or two a month!
Many people have asked me if I do art other than henna, and the answer is yes! I am a doodler from way back. As a kid, I doodled in the margins of my notebooks and of course the yellow pages. As I young adult I doodled in letters to friends or during other classes I took. As a parent, I doodled while waiting for my children's ballet class to end, or while they competed for gymnastics, or while waiting in the doctor's office. It calmed my mind and brought me peace. I recently started coloring in my doodles, which has been a lot of fun! Here are some recent examples (below). Here's some examples from my past!
Last year I created this "Meet the Artist" bit of art, I love it still.
Hi! Here's an in progress photo during today's henna session. I am putting the final touches on this lovely mama, and I am wearing henna for Mother's Day. Last night I sat at my desk and applied the thick paste, doodling my way up my arm. There is something liberating about giving yourself tattoos! After a little over an hour it felt complete, so I blow dried my hand and arm and settled into bed. The next morning I removed all the henna to reveal this light orange natural henna stain. I really love this color! I had adorned this sweet mama for her last pregnancy so it was great to catch up with her again. I'm really looking forward to this weekend, it's going to be a marathon of art celebrating mamas!
The request for this nursing henna involved paisley, and I incorporated several. It was really wonderful getting to know this Denver mama. She returned a few days later with her daughter for breastfeeding photos ... how I love to witness this sacred act of nourishment. Wishing this mama & child a bond that deepens with love through the years.
Breastfeeding body art is such a unique and tender form of art to create. This mama was feeling the moon energy, and this was the design that unfolded. It took about 2 hours and involved several layers of henna - the thinnest layers are the lightest orange/brown. She returned a few days later with her little daughter, and was feeling the color RED. I love how these things just come together so beautifully. I am in awe of the wonders of a woman's body - the ability to grow and nourish a dear one.
Pregnancy henna galore! This mama was open to having both her belly and breasts adorned as a celebration, and I spent about 2 hours covering her in flowers and leaves.
She returned with her family a few days later when the henna was peaking in color and we got some lovely shots with the first spring flowers in Colorado! I am so grateful that the weather is warming up.