SarahKate's Blog

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

  • Mama Henna Mama Yoga

    Hi everyone, I am very happy with my latest art project: Mama Henna * Mama Yoga.  The projected started as a conversation at the mama'hood talking about how beautiful a whole class of pregnant mamas doing yoga, covered in henna would be.  There was a false start before we found the right ladies and the right leader...  When we found the right teacher, the rest fell into place, Faith Davis was that teacher.   A couple of days before the class, all 5 beauituful mamas made their way to my studio, each had something unique for this pregnancy, represented in their design. 5 yoginis, seemed like the right number, but in the two days while hte henna was darkening, before the photoshoot,  2 of the mamas went into labor, so we had 3 mamas for the actual yoga project.  

    But what a trio!  Rob and I worked as a team photographing these lovely mamas-to-be, in what ammounted to a prenatal yoga class, with Faith (a yoga teacher at mama'hood) leading these women through an hour class.  

    ."And as we stretch up we are making space in our bodies for our babies and also in our lives..." It was such a gorgeous flow to witness.

    I was moved by the experience, witnessing the inner strength of these women, being able to really look at them, their dillagence, their love for their babies... As an artist seeing is so important, and the opportunity to witness the living art of henna in the flow of yoga was a dream come true.

    We did the yoga and photos at the Boulder Mama'hood, which has a ton of great classes and groups for pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding. 

    If you haven't yet been to either of the Mama'hood locations Boulder or Denver, I hightly recomend you make the time to visit! In addition to classes,
    clothing and other great stuff, there are great people!!  The women at the Mama'hood alone will make you glad you came.  

     I would like to give Faith a special thanks, she really helped make this happen, and her class was heavenly, what a beautifully calming, wise woman!


    Thank you Failth!!!



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  • New Volume of Art Released!

    A labor of love!  I am very excited to share this work with you again this year.  Blessed Belly, Blessed Baby: Honoring Motherhood with Henna Tattoos Volume 6!

    It feels very special just to have completed yet another of these volumes of love, this one has something I would have never even dreamed about when I started this project, my daughter being our cover model!  She is so strong and sweet, with pregnant with TWINS at 39 weeks!  We drove through the night, leaving a couple of days early because she still hadn't given birth.  It was a dream come true to be able to paint her rather large Twin Belly and give birth with her henna so dark adn beautiful!

    If Aleah's appearance wasn't enough, this sixth book in this series of artistic table top books, features a bright and beautiful crop of new beautiful pregnant / new mothers, showing off my (SarahKate Butterworth’s) inspired henna designs.

    This year I was blessed with 72 stunning new mothers for their 2015 celebration of birth and motherhood.  The honest, glowing mamas exude, "the pregnant goddesses" spirit in color, nature  and a closeness to the Mother which births us all.

    See more pages in the preview:

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  • Snowy Pregnancy

    Sara asked for a henna design incorporating a willow tree, a river and a lotus. I loved what we came up with! When this Thornton mama came back for photos, it was just finishing up snowing! It was coming down so lightly that we went ahead with the photos. I absolutely love how peaceful everything is when covered in snow. March is the snowiest month in Colorado, after all. Sara stayed warm with her coat between shots. Because we had a river in the henna design, we made sure to photograph her next to Boulder Creek as well! 



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  • Breastfeeding body art

      The whole family came while this mama was being adorned, with her husband minding her two girls while I adorned her with flowing flowers and leaves. Mama returned with her girls a couple days later for nursing photos. Her little girl LOVED dressing up and was just vibrating with joy in her purple costume. Such an honor to witness sweet family bonds.... 

    We also went outdoors! It was a beautiful, warm spring day. 


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  • Breastfeeding Body Art

    I am continuing to work on my breastfeeding body art project, which has taken several years and involved over 60 women. I happily plan to publish a book with this collection this year!

    This beautiful mama drove in from Denver and requested a henna design with a theme of moons and her daughter's name: Zoe. I put in several moons, on her shoulder and hands... see if you can find them all! The henna application took about 2 hours. Lindsey returned in a few days with her daughter for nursing photos, and surprised me with an enchanting collection of delicate flower crowns for her baby girl! She looks so adorable in them.... What a joy to capture this loving bond between a mother and her child.


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  • Winter Pregnancy Celebrations

    This sweet Louisville mama came in for a huge henna tree design that starts on her belly and goes all the way up. She is welcoming in family member #4, so we did 4 tree trunks intertwined. Her daughter also got a little henna on her hands! 

    We met outside at sunrise a few days later for these snowy photos. Here I am below, helping her out of her coat. We got there just in time to see the mountains turn pink. Just gorgeous! 


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  • All natural body art

    As an artist, I adorn women for all kinds of reasons - including the kind that's just for fun: body art for a vacation on the beach! Henna is 100% sunblock, so I wonder if this mama will get a reverse tattoo? So fun to creat this for her. 


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