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 am so happy to have created this art today! I had the pleasure of getting to know this lovely mama, due with her 2nd child. She requested a tree with birds in it, and this design just came through.
I had fun incorporating several birds, including a mama bird & 2 baby birds. I love adding in all the details with henna, it's a medium that resonates so deeply with me. The adornment took nearly 2 hours, and I love the final result.
We walked down the hall to the photo studio and I snapped this lovely one...
Then we traveled outside, and walked for a few minutes. The trees are JUST starting to get their leaves (in March! in Colorado!) and it's a warm day. I adore this color green - fresh and new - spring in Colorado : paired with this lovely pregnant mama, glowing and gorgeous.
Check out this cloud in the sky - it looks like a bird... similar to the one on her belly.
Raising our eyes to the sky, embracing new life, new beginnings. I love celebrating pregnancy like this!
Contact me now to book your Spring Pregnancy Henna Pampering! SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com
One thing I love about my work is that it is year round! Pregnancy henna celebrations during the winter really brighten up my day, and the mama's day too! This lovely mama sat in my special tattoo chair and I loved creating a flowery design for her belly and hands. When first applied the henna paste is thick, and looks 3D. As it dries it flattens, and when it is removed later in the day a light stain has developed on the skin. Here I am painting and photographing Shay while her henna is fresh.
This sweet mama returned with her family a few days later and we started in photo studio where is was nice and warm. Her daughter was a glowing ball of energy dancing around the room, but we got some sweet photos of their connection.
Outdoors it was quite chilly, but everyone had coats one, except for the few moments when we took these photos. Colorado is so beautiful, in every season. I love the pale pastel colors of a winter sunset in Boulder. And look at this gorgeous family of 3 - soon to be 4!
It only seemed like the logical next step to create a magazine after doing over 6 volumes on honoring motherhood. With a magazine we could share more than just pregnancy and postpartum photos, we could share about breastfeeding, local authors and poets, as well as local mama's birth stories and tales of motherhood. The idea behind the magazine is to be an inspiration as well as a resource. Check out the free online version at www.artfullmother.com or order a print copy on blurb.
Above I am flipping through the Boulder issue, there is also a Denver issue!
I am always interested to hear the stories of motherhood - if you're local and you have a story or poem of bit of art to share, contact me.
I adorn women for many different reasons, including henna as a healing force. Henna crowns are a common request for those going through chemotherapy, and can take many forms beyond the traditional mandala. To carefully adorn the head can take about 2 hours and can be done in your home on in my home studio in Lafayette, Colorado.
Other women prefer to have a kind of healing henna party, where they invite their dearest friends and everyone partakes in henna. These gatherings can be really special and deepen friendships in a new way, bringing a lightness to an otherwise challenging time.
I also create henna tattoos that go over scars, especially for those women who have had mastectomies. It is an honor to hear a woman say, "I haven't loved my body since the surgery, but now that I have this gorgeous tattoo I'm loving my body again! Thank you!"
I did a variation on the lovely flower of life design....
This series of photos is incredible, how the ball of light circles around this gorgeous first time mama as she dances in a feild.
Something rare and beautiful!
Henna is temporary body art, lasting a week or two, so it's hard to know if the henna will be there for the birth - which has mysterious timing. Roughly 60% of women give birth within a week of their "due date".
I have been asked many time to adorn a woman for her birth, and about half the time we make it before labor starts! Here are some examples of birthed artwork I've been able to document over the years.
The photo above with deer in the design happened this last December! See more photos in the Winter Issue of Artfull Mother.
These gorgeous twins are our grandsons! Some times the timing just works out beautifully - we arrived 3 days before she gave birth (at 39 weeks!) and so I had time to adorn our lovely daughter Aleah, and Rob and I photographed her glowing in silky things.
Kala was actually the first mama to ever request henna for her birth, and we began her sessions 2 weeks before her due date. Every 4 days or so I would meet with her to retrace the design. She gave birth right around her due date.
I have taken all these photos, with the exception of this last one with Monet (below), who was photographed by Rebecca Walsh for her blessing and Jennifer Mason for her birth. Read her birth story and see more photos in our magazine, Artfull Mother.