SarahKate's Blog

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

  • Excited to be a big sister (again) !

    Today in my photo studio: 

    Someone is very excited to be a big sister! This little girl had a wonderful time in my studio and OF COURSE she requested PINK. I love to bring out my silky pink things. 

    I asked if she wanted to dress up too and she smiled yes. She is wearing one of the wrap skirts from my collection - they are the kind of skirt that can be tied around in a dozen different ways. So fun to dress up in! 

    Many years ago, my 2 youngest daughters melted my heart to the color pink and encouraged me to dress up the pregnant women coming to our home for photos. It began a wonderful journey of combining henna art and fashion photography!

    Posted by   SarahKate

  • The blessing of falling snow

    I love meeting so many amazing pregnant mamas through the years! This week I had an appointment with this lovely Colorado native who told me a story about how there was snow falling when her husband proposed to her, as well as the the first snow of the year on their wedding. There was even snow at the birth of her first child! 

    A tree of life had been requested to celebrate this pregnancy and after showing her many ways this could take shape, she felt it was best represented by two trees bending together. Roots flowing down was also part of the request, and I love to show this aspect of trees, above and below. 

     And flowers ... because ... flowers are beautiful! My art does not have to be realistic and I'm grateful for that liberty. 

    A full moon shines at the top of the tree because this dear baby is due soon, and the full moon is on Friday!  I've been loving watching it get bigger in the cold night sky.

    As I rested my hand against this belly to paint I felt the little one inside me push against me and such a sweet way, it's like being touched by an angel.

    I give thanks that this is my work in the world! 

    Posted by   SarahKate

  • Prenatal Henna Adornment

    A lotus was part of the design request and the rest just came flowing out. 

    The process of applying the henna took about 2 hours, and then it was time to photograph. I have lights in my studio so we can capture the art right away! 

    I love it when women bring special things to wear for photos - in this case the mama brought 2 skirts and we found some things from my collection of silky things that went with it. I especially loved her green tie dye skirt!

    Afterwards we stepped outside and caught some of the freshly fallen leaves. Autumn in Colorado is so beautiful! 

    Posted by   SarahKate

  • Some details from a henna session a few days ago, celebrating breastfeeding. Design requests were casual, so a flowery doodle came through.

    This may be the last baby she breastfeeds.... the henna is temporary but the photos will remind her of this sweet bond forever.

    #nursing #henna #breastfeedingsession #breastfeedingart #motherhoodart#boulderhenna #denverhenna #adornment #denvercolorado #coloradomom#freehand #zentangle #babyboy #7monthsold

    Posted by   SarahKate

  • Sacred Feminie Art in all seasons

    It's a chilly November in Colorado, but it's never to cold to create art! This lovely maiden bared her belly to the autumn winds as part of the Sacred Feminine Art Project I'm working on.

     I love being with women in nature, and just seeing how things *flow* as we photograph. Sometimes I am drawn to photograph outside, sometimes sessions are indoors only. 

    Posted by   SarahKate

  • Testimonial

    "I love my body, but absolutely struggle with self-consciousness sometimes just like the next person does. I often find myself coming up against the cultural beliefs and expectations about body image (lack) over my own inner beliefs and values (abundance and self-love).

    "But thanks to SarahKate Butterworth, I had the opportunity (again!) to not only embrace, but LOVE the parts of my body I struggle the most with - because we adorned them with henna and then photographed them! So vulnerable! And empowering!"

    Posted by   SarahKate

  • Testimonial

    One mama wrote about her baby blessing ceremony: "Yesterday was beautiful. One of my beautiful mama friends organized a baby blessing way ceremony for me and the twins. They washed and massaged my feet with rose oil and petals, shared beautiful songs and shred some very touching and sweet words of wisdom and love. They all wished met he strength and courage to reach out when I need help; which is something I know is always really hard for me and I appreciate the loving reminders truly. 

    "I noticed the struggle within me to receive and accept someone else organizing something for me, taking care of everything, and sitting in a chair being adorned with henna whilst the women in the circle pampered me and made me feel so incredibly loved in many ways. I managed to surrender and soak it all in fully; feeling humbled and deeply grateful for the beatitude community and all the love and support they nourish me with. 

    "@ArtfullMother is a legend in the Boulder area, for her beautiful henna work adorning pregnant bellies and making women feel special and beautiful. Her soft and sweet presence added such a beautiful element to the gathering, I wish for every woman to one day get adorned by her!"

    Posted by   SarahKate