Henna is all natural, temporary, and safe for most individuals. Growing best in hot, arid regions with a good rainy season, the henna plant is a shrub with fragrant flowers. The henna leaves are harvested, dried, and ground to a superfine powder in preparation for becoming henna paste.
Henna is a tradition both ancient and modern. Henna traditions have roots wherever henna will grow, from as far west as Morocco, to as far east as India. Henna itself is no more sacred than mascara or blush in most cultures, but there are sacred ceremonies and traditions that involve henna. This art form can be found in many transitional ceremonies. most commonly known for marriage ceremonies, henna can also be found In birth and death traditions, and many in between.
Henna in America is embraced for its traditions and also as a method of self expression, loved by adults and children alike. Henna is a fun way to try something new without a long term commitment.
Shirley is the owner and main henna artist for Arachne’s Muse. Henna has been her passion for more than 18 years and her business for 5 years. She is completely self taught, and because of this her style is inspired by many henna traditions, as well as other body art traditions from around the world. She believes henna transcends boundaries and can be used in many forms of expression, from sacred to silly. She has also branched out into glitter body art. Not satisfied with stencils, she creates glitter body art with the same freehand methods that she uses for henna body art. She delights in the opportunities that colorful glitter provides and thinks it can be just as gorgeous and sophisticated as traditional henna art. As an artist, she is constantly striving to improve and expand her skills. She is passionate about this journey and excited to share her art with you.