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Episode 2 – Noam talks, I smile and nod

Posted in henna, history, jewish, morocco, traditions on June 10, 2013 by kenzilisa

Episode 2 – Noam talks, I smile and nod.

My favorite henna historian, Noam Sienna, is my guest on this episode of the Caught Red-Handed podcast. Enjoy via your earholes!

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Have your own Moroccan henna experience or give it as a gift

Posted in art, classes, culture, design, henna, history, morocco, traditions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2012 by kenzilisa

6282009095_2793513168_zNow that I don’t believe in Santa anymore and can buy stuff for myself my attitude about gifts has shifted. I love handmade gifts or things bought while travelling, but I especially like experiences. There are so many great sites now offering classes and tours, among other things, that are great for gifts. I’ve been shopping around these sites for myself and for other people. Then recently I was contacted by this really cool start-up called SideTour that organizes really cool experiences; they wanted me to do something related to Moroccan henna and I’m excited to tell you about it. You can see more information here: http://www.sidetour.com/experiences/experience-the-mystical-art-of-moroccan-henna-painting and also sign up for a spot. There are only 8 spots left so don’t miss out on this. If you have always wanted to have henna done this is a great way to do it: you’ll learn about henna, meet other people who share your passion for it and get henna done on you by an expert…me!

By the way, I liked this site so much that I got someone on my list a gift certificate and he said it was the best gift he got all year!

Le Moor c’est L’amour – Moroccan henna class in Montreal!

Posted in algeria, amazigh, art, classes, culture, design, henna, history, moor, the book, morocco, traditions, women, workshop on May 21, 2012 by kenzilisa

Lumanessence Henna Body Art is proud to host MOOR Henna Master Class, with renowned henna-artist and author Lisa Butterworth — aka Kenzi — who will be coming to Montreal at the end of July to teach this exclusive class on Moroccan henna art.

THE MASTER CLASS
During the workshop, you will learn about the history and culture of Moroccan henna, as well as an in depth look at how to break down designs, construct patterns, combine elements, and more.
• Jamila henna cones will be made available, but if you prefer working with your own, please feel free to bring them.
• In keeping with our Northern African theme, there will also be succulent Moroccan delicacies that will be served during the workshop.

THE BOOK
You will also have the opportunity to purchase the book Moor: a Henna Atlas of Morocco (which Kenzi co-authored with another accomplished henna-artist, Nic Tharpa Cartier), and have it autographed. Please let us know if you would prefer the book in hardcover or soft cover so that we can plan in the advance the exact amount of copies needed.

RESERVATION
Places are limited so to confirm your reservation, a non-refundable deposit of $30 is required before Thursday, June 28th.
Below you will find a button that will lead you directly to Kenzi’s Paypal account where you can make your secure online payment.
The balance amount is to be paid in cash the day of the class.

The Tuaregs: From African Nomads to Smugglers and Mercenaries

Posted in algeria, amazigh, culture, history, mauritania, morocco, people, politics, sahara, tuareg on February 4, 2012 by kenzilisa

 

ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images Tuaregs on camelback Sept. 25, 2010, during a festival in northern Niger

The Tuaregs, a nomadic tribe in North and West Africa, dominated the caravan trade through the Sahara Desert for thousands of years. Their entire way of life was disrupted, however, by the imposition of borders, natural desertification, urbanization and the rise of maritime trade. In their quest to survive, the Tuaregs have launched several revolts in Mali and Niger, fought as mercenaries in the Libyan civil war and used their expertise to smuggle illicit goods, which brought them into contact with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). It is the development of these skills and links to AQIM that have brought the Tuaregs to Western governments’ attention.  More here: The Tuaregs: From African Nomads to Smugglers and Mercenaries | STRATFOR.

New York City Moor Workshop – October 16th

Posted in amazigh, art, classes, culture, design, henna, history, morocco, traditions, women, workshop with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2011 by kenzilisa

At last and thanks to great demand, Nic and I will be doing another Moor Moroccan Henna Master class in NYC.  The class will be on Sunday, October 16th from Noon to 5 pm in Brooklyn, NY.

 

More info and registration here: http://tinyurl.com/moorclass

Metropolitan Museum’s Moroccan Courtyard Takes Shape – NYTimes.com

Posted in amazigh, art, ceramics, culture, design, history, morocco, traditions on March 20, 2011 by kenzilisa

Metropolitan Museum’s Moroccan Courtyard Takes Shape – NYTimes.com.  An excellent story about the creation of a Moroccan courtyard in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC by traditional craftsmen from Morocco.  I love this kind of mosaic and plasterwork, and this article says that this courtyard may be one of the best examples of this art.  It’s opening in the fall of 2011. I can’t wait to see it here on my home turf.

Moroccan zellij - photo by Jonathan Khoo

“The Moroccans, who are known for their restoration work on important mosques and other landmarks in the Middle East, are in essence living historians who have carried on patterns and designs preserved in practice for generations. But they have never attempted a job requiring this level of historical attention or artistry, one whose goal is to look as authentic to Moroccan eyes as to those of scholars.”

Happy Moor Year!

Posted in algeria, art, classes, culture, design, henna, history, moor, the book, morocco, traditions, workshop on January 3, 2011 by kenzilisa

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!