In the enchanting world of Mehendi artistry, where intricate designs weave tales of tradition and culture, we delve into the creative journey of a budding Mehendi artist. This interview captures the essence of a passionate individual whose hands transform into magical canvases, adorning others with the timeless beauty of henna.
From the origins of this ancient art form to the modern interpretations that resonate with diverse audiences, our conversation with the talented Henna artist Badriya, unravels the secrets behind the delicate strokes and patterns that bring joy and celebration to countless occasions. Join us as we explore the evolving landscape of Mehendi art through the eyes and hands of a rising star in the craft.
What inspired you to become a Mehendi artist, and how did your journey in this creative field begin?
Badriya: I have been a henna artist since my childhood. When I was a little girl, I used to doodle a lot. My whole family is into the henna business and when my sister used to teach mehndi to her students, I would doodle and explore Mehndi designs with the leftover cones. So, that is the secret behind my artistry. From there on, I kept practicing. With social media these days, you have huge exposure to improve your designs and create using your own imagination as well.
Are there specific customs or traditions that you find particularly inspiring or challenging when creating Mehendi designs?
Badriya: Henna is traditionally used for special occasions like holidays,Henna Art birthdays and weddings in Africa, Pakistan, India, and the Middle East. The most popular of the traditions is the Mehndi (henna) Night where the bride, her family, relatives and friends get together to celebrate the wedding to come. During this, the bride gets extensive henna patterns done on her hands and feet that go to her elbows and sometimes, knees. The bridal patterns can take hours and are often done by multiple henna artists.
How would you describe your signature style, and what aspects of your personality or background do you think influence your unique approach to Mehendi art?
Badriya: Having a signature style as an artist in conceptual or contemporary art can be important for several reasons. It can help you stand out in a crowded art world, make your work easily recognizable, and build a strong brand for yourself. However, it’s also important to balance this with the freedom to explore and experiment with different styles and techniques. Many successful artists have evolved their style over time while still maintaining a recognizable thread throughout their work. Ultimately, the importance of a signature style can vary for each artist and their specific goals and vision.
What challenges do you encounter in your work as a Mehendi artist?
Badriya: PRICE NEGOTIATIONS- Most henna artists maybe a little lenient with price charges, but even then they’re not at all pleased. Henna artists only make money out of the appointments they’re making, so cutting into that automatically means cutting into their income.
FREQUENT BREAKS- For large or bridal designs, frequent breaks usually interrupts the artist’s flow. While we totally understand you’re only human, we often advise that you eat or go to the bathroom before your appointment. This will be especially frustrating to you if you’re paying your artist by the hour, which would only accumulate to your final charge.
In the age of social media and evolving fashion trends, how do you stay inspired and keep your Mehendi designs fresh and relevant?
Badriya: Social media has altered how the fashion industry operates by giving people a public forum to discuss and advertise fashion trends. Customers now have an easier time locating brands and fashions that suit their unique preferences and values due to the shift towards more consumer choice.
It is also considered a Shagun (a sign of good luck). It also signifies the love and affection between the couple and their families.
Can you share a memorable experience of collaborating with a client where the final design held special significance for them?
Badriya: Yes I had a chance to collaborate with a cine artist who is working on a big commercial TV show from the Tamil industry. I had a great experience and she just loved my work she asked for theme mehendi which went well and gave good results. The client was super happy and also she booked me for her wedding!
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