Winter is a time of hibernation, of stocking away provisions for the long haul, working on indoor projects and planning for the spring planting. The same is true for henna and henna artists. While we wait around for the Moroccan spring crop of henna to be harvested, Nic and I are taking stock, planning projects and looking forward to what will bloom once the weather warms up.
Our baby–our book–was born in June and unlike parents of human babies, our sleepless nights were before the birth, not after. We have been chilling since the book came out but always discussing where to go next in our devious plan for world domination via Moroccan henna. In August we taught the first Moor Moroccan Henna Master Class, in Seattle which was a lot of fun for us. People say that they like it, so I guess it would count as a success! Our next workshop was in NYC; it was great to teach close to home and share henna and NYC with our students. We get to meet a lot of new people through our workshop and expand the henna community.
This fall/winter I went for a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia. One of my stops was in Singapore to meet my longtime, online friend and fellow henna artist, Jewel. She organized another Moor workshop for the Singapore artists. I loved meeting all of them and I think they enjoyed the class. Meanwhile Nic was in LA teaching his own workshop to the henna peeps there. Technically speaking we can now say that we are teaching classes worldwide. We hope to spread our passion for Moroccan henna even more widely in the world. Right now we have some classes coming up in various venues in the US. We are hoping that we can do classes in Europe and maybe even father afield in the future. If you and the henna artists in your area would like a workshop taught by me and Nic, please email us or leave a comment. We’ll let you know how to make that happen.
After every workshop we usually get several participants making roughly the same comment as the following from Katy DeBra, who attended Nic’s lecture in LA:
It’s so clear now, so demystified. I used to painstakingly copy Moroccan designs and now I feel I can create them or alter them on the spot to suit my henna-ee, which is how I usually work, creating something custom on-the-spot.
I experienced the same revelation when I read Nic’s design manual in the book; I thought I knew Moroccan henna and how to do it, but learning how to create them according to certain guidelines was so helpful and, eventually, creatively liberating. We hope to spread this experience to as many people as possible so that we can all share the joy of doing Moroccan henna.
Nic and I are still researching Moroccan henna and collecting designs wherever we can find them. We hope that those of you who have joined us on this path are getting lots of practice and hennaing clients with Moroccan designs. Stay tuned here for future plans and all our new discoveries in the field of Moroccan henna.
Happy moor year to all!