Interview with Khadija of Henna Sooq

by Angela Purnell Having the opportunity to interview Khadija of Henna Sooq is an awesome opportunity for anyone, but the fact that the reason I’m here (loving henna, attending the Henna Intensive and Retreat, and blogging) is all thanks to her…   Khadija gave me my first henna tattoo! I have always admired the art, and many years ago,…

Planning a Henna Photoshoot- Perspectives from Two Artists

By Sarah Baxter-Arias A few years ago, I attended the Henna Intensive and Retreat as a volunteer/assistant/performer. One of my functions was to assist with scheduling and setting up photo shoots. Each year, HIR offers a wonderful opportunity for new and established henna artists to take photographs of their work with professional photographers.  I was delighted to work with the artists who chose to…

Why Henna Cones Are Smarter Than Me

Why Henna Cones are smarter than Me! By Leto Minowa Because henna cones are like roadrunners. Evasive, tricky, “meep-meeping”  twerps that outsmart you at every turn. At least, they are if you don’t know how to make the stinkers. After ten years of multiple methods and shortcuts and schemes, they are the bane of my…

The Importance of high-quality promo materials, an Interview with Lee Corkett

by Debi Varvi “I am a henna artist. Why do I need promotional shots? Doesn’t my work speak for itself?” You may have asked yourself and other henna artists these very questions. Many Henna artists have beautiful work, and while most rely on Portfolios (catalogues, look books etc.) from which clients can choose designs, not all artists have…

WHY ME?!

WHY ME?! by Leto Minowa We henna artistes are one diverse, beautiful mess of a tribe. Some of us are still a hot mess *raises hand* and haven’t exactly gotten the hang of immaculate mandalas *shrugs cavalierly* … …or draping *sheepishly grins* or … …making cones *lowers eyes.*  Or even making henna, for that matter! *Puts…

Pregnancy Henna and Henna “Belly Blessings”

Pregnancy Henna and Henna “Belly Blessings” As most henna enthusiasts know, Henna as an art form has been used by many cultures, religions and countries for millennia. The most common thread that binds such disparate elements together is that of celebration. Every imaginable group has at one time or another wanted to celebrate a particular persona or a rite…

GETTING TO CAMP!

DIRECTIONS TO THE CAMP – The moral of the story is DON’T use GPS     Hey guys! So, the cell reception as you get closer to the camp is going to go from worse to non-existent. Please please print out the directions to the camp and bring them with you, whether you are getting…

WHAT TO BRING!!!

What to Bring – HIR 2015 Here’s a great list of things that you will want to bring with you. The “What to Bring” list is a list of things you will need while at the camp. The “In addition” list are items that you might like to bring. As we think of more items,…

CLASSES, CLASSES and MORE CLASSES!!!

SO MANY CLASSES!!!! They all look so amazing! How will we ever choose??! We have so many classes being listed that I (your friendly neighborhood blogger) have almost run out of time to get them all individually listed! In order  to make sure you see ALL your class options, please go to this link to…

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT – Henna Retreat 2015!!

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT – Henna Retreat 2015!! I Have a Real One: The Intersection of Henna and Tattooing by Nic Tharpa Cartier Body art practices of all kinds are often grouped into two categories: permanent and temporary. Especially in Western cultures, these two ideas are often seen as being at odds with each other, as one…

Class Announcement! Henna: Teacher & Tool with Jennifer Henderson

Class Announcement: Teacher and Tool with Jennifer Henderson This “meta mehndi” class will examine how henna both mirrors powerful life lessons, and can be used as a tool for the introspective henna artist to elevate consciousness, leading to a more fulfilling artistic practice and day to day life experience. As artists we experience many parallels…