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!
Enjoy a magical trip through the imagination of SarahKate and the women she paints.
I first met this mama in 2015 when she came in for nursing henna and photos. It was great to catch up with her again and met her new baby! He is just 2 1/2 months old and so adorable.... more photos of him later!
The design started with a request for the tree of life, the Acacia tree. As I looked through my pile of inspiration she spied some giraffes and requested that they were included. And so the art began! 2 hours later I was blow drying her.
The nursing session was about a half hour, and we got a lot of GEMS! It is so powerful to witness the act of breastfeeding.
Today's snowy weather reminded me of a snowy January in 2016, when Jennifer came to our studio for her 2nd pregnancy. It was an especially fun henna since her sister Erika was present too.
Erika has been a long time supporter of the local mama community with her amazing birthing classes based on the philosophy Birthing from Within. She is one of Artfull Mother's Community Partners, read about her here.
There was fresh snow when Jennifer came to the studio and we bundled up to photograph her outside in the Colorado wild... near Walden Ponds in Boulder. There is something really special about fresh snow!
Today's henna art was a 2 hour chest piece, stretching from shoulder to shoulder. Design request included her totem animal, the wolf. This art is part of my project about Sacred Femininity and I was thinking about showing this aspect as I drew out the wolf with henna. What a powerful ally!
Many animals were discussed to potentially include, and in the end, I added 3 more birds, including crow. It feels so powerful to adorn women with their spirit animals and hear the stories behind why it's important to them.
This amazing woman has lived in Boulder for 20 years and we honored the love of Boulder and outdoors with a depiction of the Flatirons among the flowers. As is true with many people in Colorado, we both feel a strong tie to the ocean and I loved included waves of water in the design.
Recently this cute baby photo came up in my "memories" on Facebook and sent me on a journey of reflection! This image was taken 9 years ago when I was just starting to get serious about photography.
I was about 2 years into my art project honoring pregnancy with henna, and would later publish this photo and many others in my first book Blessed Belly Blessed Baby: Honoring Motherhood with Henna Tattoos. Volume 1. Here's a link to preview or purchase the book! [http://www.sarahkatebutterworth.com/blog/books]
This art project has brought my life such meaning! Even though I have completed that series (with 6 volumes) and created a magazine focused on motherhood with 13 issues (Artfull Mother) I know there is another pregnancy & baby book in my future.
Here's my first henna art for 2019! This shows the henna paste freshly applied, with the orange looking color being a very thin layer of henna. I love those little details....
The request included a large central flower and so I began with that. This sweet mama reclined a bit in the special chair in my home studio, and shared about her pregnancy as I adorned her. I love hearing each woman's unique story.
This is technically the last henna of 2018! This lovely mama came in for my Sacred Feminine Art Project and as we looked through ideas for art that felt right for her, she saw this lovely concept of foliage flowing over the shoulder and across the chest.
With this request in mind, I created a unique design using my current favorite way to draw leaves. We were both so happy with how it came out!
This henna looks black, but it just the color natural henna looks when it's dry. I only use my own hand mixed paste to create henna designs - henna powder, lemon juice, sugar, and essential oils.
I have met so many outstanding women in our local mom community and it's been wonderful to be embraced and encouraged.
Thanks to everyone who has scheduled time with me to get henna!
Thanks to everyone who follows and likes my art work!
It's because of you that I can live my dreams!
The Sacred Feminine Art Project continues, but I'm not ready to share my top 10 or really any of my favorites - since this project does involve a lot of nudity. However, here are some of my favorites that I've shared online in 2018.