Going back to Preeti's diary today and this beautiful capture of me working on her custom diary with the infamous fireball flowers I designed for her. Thank you @nizamphotography for this photo.
As a henna artist, starting out our go to patterns are the spirals and vines that seem to engulf us in our artistic zone. One that may seem easy to create, took on a very possessive and cringe inducing practice of repeats. Tomorrow is @bell_letstalk day and I'd like to take a moment to sit here with all of you and start a conversation on the comfort of the practices we take part in.
The spiral: the shape that infinitely connects us to the roots of life, mathematically aligned to nature's very own design and possibly the way we see water go down the drain every day. This act of spinning; clockwise and counter clockwise has me thinking of the very lines and movement that I started my henna journey in..with those very spirals. The consistent practice to make each rim separate from the other while maintaining the perfect space. Why, well because it was a set example. It was the standard repeat and it had to be done because time was short for a hesitant bride and a labour intensive design would take hours.
The hill: the bump is a shape that would assist this very spiral by giving it life in the form of petals or hills as they'd be seen. Repeated just like the spiral, it was a calming shape but there would be no growth. Look at it this way, one side of you goes up and the other side of you comes down. Repeat repeat repeat.
How is this all related to mental health you ask? Why be common if you have the power and creative energy to be greater? I'm glad that these shapes have pushed a handful of artists in the world to push boundaries but everyone else is common because they're simply comfortable. Share your responses below and let's talk about growth in the henna industry. I was comfortable and made my repeats long ago. I have been myself for 4 years now, creating my own favourable paths and I've never been happier. Choose your own unique voice.. let's talk about your work and step out of anxiety and into a world of spontaneity.
#bellletstalk #mentalhealth #healing #toronto