lately, i’ve been looking for a henna artist. henna and i go a long way back. i remember being super intrigued by it in K2, and then excited when i got to try it in P2. but when it came to wedding planning, i was kinda half-hearted about it. i considered just going old skool and getting finger caps done, with a circle on each of my palm. lulz. then ingat want to improvise and do a heart shape instead.
buuut all the exposure to BTB blogs and some of the henna artists on IG got me influenced :p my first choice would be @ekasya. i read her interview on The Shawl Label and thought she seemed so lovely. the only problem is that she’s not open for 2015 bookings yet. although henna isn’t make or break and can probably wait, i don’t reaaally want to put this off for later when i can settle it now and get it out of the way.
which turns out to be a good idea, cos when I enquired with @isabella_heaven_henna, whose work I also love, she didn’t have any good slots left! the last was Fri 5pm, which mama kraken thinks isn’t a good idea cos “our house might be crowded”. even if that isn’t true, I’m thinking I probably want to kpo at my venue to see that the decor and set up are ok, in true bridezilla fashion.
so I went on to enquire with other artists. back in Jan when a gf got married, I took down the number of the freelance henna artist she got. the girl is her sister’s ex-student. she was pretty good… she made me realise that as long as your henna artist is good at copying down a design (which I’m sure most are, since they have to replicate designs for the left hand and right hand anyway), you just need to show her a good design (ahem, from IG) and it’ll turn out fine :p but I guess the real key differentiators are what kind of henna stains the artist uses, and the original designs that she has in her repertoire.
anyways I dropped her a message which she replied cheerily, but I was kinda disappointed when she didn’t stick to her promises to follow up by XX pm and show me her rates and sample designs 😦 she said she was busy with projects but still, you shouldn’t promise something you can’t deliver yah. I dunno if it’s cos she’s still young (still in poly I think) and thinks that she can say anything she wants and that the world will be forgiving and laugh off what you told them. maybe 10 years ago I might have had the same mindset.
AND THEN! I suddenly felt tergerak to double check with isabella_heaven_henna if she’s got Wed night slots…and the answer is yes! woohoo. cos anyway the plan is do a majlis khatam Quran on the Thu night so I can’t do my malam berinai then. (although I’m very behind my reading progress, whoops) the catch is that Wed is too early for a Sat morning nikah, so I have to leave the inai on overnight. by then I would probably have already gotten my new mattress so it’s going to be sliiightly tricky, but I told her I can live with it. anyway, no other choice pun, unless I want to render myself immobile during daytime. so yay, settled then! tak sempat pun nak compare with quotations by the other artists I approached.
below are two of my favourite recent designs from her. I’ve always like mandala designs but never had one henna-ed, and the leaf designs are pretty refreshing! 🙂
(photos from @isabella_heaven_henna)