So many ages and phases we go through in life, and it's fascinating to bear witness to women in all places: maiden, mother, grandmother. I especially love adorning grandmothers, there is a wisdom that comes with the years and a unique experience. I love to see the beauty in all women, covering them with roaming flowers and vines, doing my best to hear the vision they have and filling their skin with this artistic idea. Spontaneously, one flower after another, without really a plan in mind, just letting it unfold and unwind... pouring out of my henna applicator... and the natural henna paste has a wonderful smell, so earthy and relaxing. Line after line, swirl after swirl, incorporating this idea, that idea, winding up the arm, across the chest.
This is my modern recreation of the sacred Red Tent, in my own way creating a commitment to do it often and lovingly. The process of applying natural henna paste over the course of 1 to 2 to sometimes 3 hours... unfolding, unwinding, relaxing into the flow, feeling it out, is it done, what needs more attention? I can find it and bring it out, I can balance it and bring that out, the art, the vision, feeling it in my fingers, in my bones in my heart, in my womb ~ that call ~
To answer it is so satisfying.
And then the photos when the henna is peaking are lovely, to take some time, to just enjoy being a woman, to be, to lay out head propped up by our hand, lounging, and have rose petals tossed over you... this is a really fun part of the process... and one that many women have never had before. I don't know what it is about roses, but there is some kind of internal state I can feel that shifts in the presence of rose and that is fascinating to me, to be in touch with the feminine, the goddess, she exists within each woman.
This art project is bringing me into circles of connection that I have never really ever been, that I wish I could go more often... I will be having another model call for the Sacred Feminine At Project, probably later in the spring, we'll see (follow me on Facebook to find out about it), and I'm excited to see what comes through.
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