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.
Amanda drove from Lakewood to my home studio in Boulder to be adorned for my breastfeeding body art project that I've been working on for several years. We talked about design and she requested an ocean scene, and I got to work painting seaweed, dolphins, mermaids, a turtle and lots of fish. Henna tattoos this large take about 2 hours to complete and with a hair blow dryer, they are dry in just a few minutes. We met a couple days later and Rob and I photographed her on a beautiful, warm September day. How sweet to witness the loving nursing bond. Beautiful ~
For Katie's henna belly design she really encouraged me to do whatever I felt like. I asked her: did she feel watery, flowery or more like a tree? And the answer was flowers ~ so away I went! I had a lot of fun and incorporated a lot of neat flower ideas I've been holding on to. Katie returned a few days later at sunrise for some photos by the lake, and I love how they came out. She is glowing! She gave birth 11 days later and asked if I would come to her home in Boulder for postpartum henna. YES! I want to encourage women to stay at home and rest for at least the first 2 weeks, so I'm happy to travel to them for both henna & photos. Her sweet boy was just 3 days old and so wise looking with his peach fuzz. At the time of painting, his exact name was unknown. I continued on with the flower theme from her pregnancy and painted up her arm while she nursed her baby boy. Both big sister and Dad were able to be in the photos we took just a couple days after that - when her son was just 5 days old. I love meeting families like this and celebrating with them.... it's such a special time in life.
Christina drove from her home in Denver to see me again to celebrate motherhood with henna body art. I've adorned her for postpartum, pregnancy and now breastfeeding... it is a joy to watch a mother bloom. Christina requested a design incorporating butterflies and flowers, and I created a bold flowing design. Photos were taken just a couple days later with both her beautiful little daughters. We met at the trail head and I pulled out some gorgeous silks to wrap everyone in. The sun set over the rocky mountains while this stunning mama nursed her baby girl ~ I love it!
This beautiful Aurora mama came to my studio in Boulder for some breastfeeding body art! It takes about 2 hours to apply this much henna, another few hours to set before the henna paste is removed. Undearneath is a gorgeous all natural henna stain! Tonya's henna design is full of flowers with 2 butterflies for her twins. She returned a few days later with her sweet twins (boy/girl) and we photographed her outside. I love how this all came out!
Tracy drove from Louisville to my home studio to be adorned with henna. She requested a mandala design and asked to incorporate 2 stars for personal reasons... I was touched to hear her story of motherhood. Here I am painting her belly, wearing henna myself - my birthday henna. Tracy returned a few days later for sunrise photos, thankfully it was a slightly warm summer morning. I love how the mountains are lit up during this time of day. Tracy you are glowing!
I am always struck at how powerful the rite of passage is into motherhood ~ this sweet mama-to-be is surrounded by her friends and family who hold her with such love & offer blessings ~ I love witnessing blessingways! This gathering was actually in my neighborhood in NE Boulder, with warm enough weather for us all to be outside. The lady of honor had a special soft red armchair under a tree with her baby's name strung in beautiful flags above her. As we discussed the design, there was a desire to represent the members as the family as an elephant & dragon, with this new being blossoming into existance as a lotus flower under moon & stars. After painting the mama-to-be, I knelt before each of her guests and offered a small henna design to commemorate this ritual. There were over 20 women gathered and it was a joy to meet each one and adorn her with the same henna paste we'd just blessed the belly with. Mama-to-be returned a few days later for sunset photos ~ just gorgeous!
It was great to see Morgan again! I met her in 2010 to celebrate her first pregnancy with her daughter, and again with her 2nd pregnancy with twins this year. Instead of postpartum henna (which is hard to do with twins!) she skipped ahead to breastfeeding henna when the girls were a few months older. For her henna design this beautful mama chose 3 birds. I love how they are each carring an offering! The photo session took place a few days later when the henna was peaking in color, and we started in the studio with lots of pink. I think it's so beautiful, this mama with her 3 amazing daughters, all in pink and purple... It melted my heart to see the bond of love between this mother and her daughters. It was a gorgeous summer day for photos, I love the sun sparkling off the water while she nurses and dear ones. So many blessings on this family ~