Alchemy henna 'artist crushes'
While I'm a huge fan of 'trust your artist' - and embrace 'artists choice'... its true that lots of people come to the studio with images gleaned from Pinterest. And often they are the same images - who knows why the same art resonates with so many people (that's another post).
So I offer you four of my favorite crushes. Please check out the links attached to the photos and get lost for awhile down the feeds of these four artists. Each one has a distinctive artistic voice - and in the case of Mehndi Culture, an awesome mission.
Mehndi Culture is on a mission to empower women by teaching mad henna skills so the women have a source of income.
Please read through the posts of Hand of Fatima. She shares a LOT about her culture as a Moroccan-born woman living in Denmark and her perspective is particularly unique. Fatima even uses a tool common in Morocco - a blunt needled syringe - to create those stunning lines.
You'll defiately see the influences of Kristy McCurry of Henna Trails in my own art. Her approach to the body and the blend of sharp and soft motifs so capture my imagination.
And at the top left, Sabreena from Ritual by Design does these crazy intricate, but large form pieces on shoulders, backs and legs. She is a kind soul and writes about her own experience as a woman, an artist and how deeply she feels connected to her culture through henna.
So while, I LOVE to do the art that makes you happy if you pull an image off Pinterest - I really love to be pushed by artists like these four to grow. And I'd LOVE to be asked to integrate their art with my own.
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician