Hi! I'm SarahKate, welcome to my Blog!

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!

  • Books

    Celebrating a DECADE of Honoring Pregnancy with Henna Tattoos!

    2008-2018 Volume 1 was published on Mother's Day 2011, and each year I published another volume of art, for a total of 6, with over 600 models.

    Page through each book on my website and buy a print copy if you wish! 

    Volume 1 (scroll down for photos, buy a print copy here)

    Volume 2   Volume 3   Volume 4   Volume 5   Volume 6

    Here's the first few pages of Volume 1!

     

    See the other volumes:

    Volume 2   Volume 3   Volume 4   Volume 5   Volume 6

    And check out our magazine Artfull Mother here

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  • Goddess

     In my journey as an artist, I have loved creating books. From the very first ones I created for the little girls I babysat, to the volumes of art I’ve created for pregnancy.

     

     Now that the magazine, Artfull Mother, has come to an end after 13 issues, I am feeling the call of my next book:

     

     Glimpses of the Goddess

     

     I’ve worked as a henna artist for almost 15 years now, with a growing focus on art that empowers women. I find that as I create this art, the goddess that is in each woman reveals herself. It is a magical thing to witness! Sometimes women already arrive fully embodied and we just have fun adding to her natural goddessness. Others are gently coaxed, they are shy or don’t ever express themselves as a goddess. As we talk and I adorn them, part of them opens up and even if it’s just shown in one photo, the goddess within is revealed.

     What do I mean by goddess? I mean an empowered woman, standing in both her natural beauty and her honest truth. It is her brightest future, her highest path, which of course is different for each woman.  

     The Sacred Feminine Project that I’ve been running for a while has been revealing more and more women who are goddesses.

     If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll hear about my model calls. Or, you can email me now and I can send out a email when I make the next call - there are a few each year. I’m not sure how long I will keep calling for models - the book itself will let me know when it’s complete (as usual). I am really seeking to represent the local community of women. I’m accepting all races, ages and sizes but I am especially looking for women over 50 as well as women of color.

     

     Sign up for my email list and hear about the progress!

     

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  • One thing I love about pregnancy henna is that it is different every time - each woman is unique in her requests and also her body shape. This mama-to-be simply requested incorporating a lizard (due to something her doula had told her about the lizard brain in each of us) and the rest of the design was up to me. However, when she came in, she saw one of my books with a pregnant mama on the front with a design incorporating a tree and the earth, which strongly appealed to her. The idea of a sun rising behind the tree was another important symbol she was drawn to after looking through more ideas I have printed & collected.

    This belly took a little over 2 hours to adorn and as I was finishing up the tree I asked her if there were any symbols that should be hanging from the tree, such as feathers. It turns out this mama is an avid reader and is looking forward to sharing many books with her child, so we included symbols for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, and also a moon. Her amazing husband asked if her could get in on the henna too, and join her in this body art celebration. Of course! He was drawn to a wolf with mountains and forests as part of it's body, howling up the moon and stars. I love it when couples come together! There was a lot of laughter during this session. 

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  • A decade of henna honoring motherhood

    In 2008 I began an art project to honor pregnancy with henna tattoos, and it ended up being so much more than an art project! I fell in love with this kind of art, and still to this day, 10 years later, it's the most meaningful artwork I create. Here's one of the first mamas I adorned in 2008 with her daughter! We incorporated a lot of spirit animals - Elephants, Bears, Turtles and Horse. It was wonderful to see Heather again and hear her journey of motherhood - the birth and how she's raised her beautiful daughter. And what fun to hear her daughter talk with passion about her love of horses. 

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  • Unicorn Pregnancy Henna

      Henna from last night, with a design request for Unicorns! Danielle is pregnant with her 2nd son and loves unicorns - they are happy to be unique. 
      Most of my mamas surprise me at the time of the appointment with their requests, which can be fun to be spontaneous with. Danielle sent me an email the night before her henna pampering that she wanted me to incorporate 2 Unicorns with flowers. I thought of several composition ideas and printed out a page of inspirational unicorns from the vast and colorful Internet.
      It took a little over 2 hours to paint, and then I took nearly 100 pictures afterward. It was a blast! Danielle brought her friend and together we laughed over some hilarious family stories and quirky family members. 
      I shared a story that happened for me last year at a Middle school graduation where 3 boys waited in line together to get Unicorn henna, with the words "Unicorn Boi" underneath it. Yes, that's boy spelled with an i.  They all though this was the funniest thing, to be the "Unicorn Bois"
      Ahhh... the life of an artist.. I love it! 

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  • Moon over mountains henna pregnancy

    This sweet mama came to my Lafayette, Colorado studio to celebrate her pregnancy. Design requests included mountains, moon, tree, and even a little girl - who hides in the flowers of this design (though she's not visible in these photos). She returned to my studio a couple days later with her little girl, who started out a little shy and warmed up. It's so fun to get to play dress up with both moms and their daughters, it always brings me back to the time when our girls were small... 

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  • I must admit, I find deep peace in my daily routines, which begin with early morning yoga. But not this morning - I woke and rushed off to (art)work right away. It was so special to create ART first thing this morning, with the rising sun, welcoming SPRING in Colorado. It is was refreshing outside, and see the beauty of Mother Nature at the start of the season, the first rays of light. 
      To join us this morning was this lovely young woman who is part of the sacred feminine art project I've been working on - I adorned her with henna a couple days ago. It is really an incredible experience to explore with each woman what her idea of sacred feminine is, whether with words, art, dress-up or simply feelings. In this case, she was reminded of this lovely velvet cloak she has her in closet but doesn't wear very often. Only occasionally. 
      Henna and photography present a *unique occasion* to dress up and also undress... many nude images will be in the book I create from this art. The sun rises and turns the clouds gold, orange, and pink, and the light of the new day falls upon this gorgeous woman, who is in her Maiden phase of life, glowing in the morning rays. 
      I absolutely love all the orange in this photo of her by the lake.
      Now, it's time for a nap, and there will be more photos to take this afternoon, more women and children to adorn this evening at a sold out event in Denver. I love my life as an artist. 

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