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Henna Con

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Flavia and Jessica McQueen

 

 

HennaCon is largely a volunteer event. These instructors generously donate their time, energy, and expertise to support the community and help each and every guest grow as an artist and business person. Our team of instructors are some of the most influential and experienced henna artists in the industry! Listen, learn, observe and enjoy this amazing group of talent that has come together just for YOU! A special thank you to Jason Alan for designing the gorgeous graphic art for teacher bios.

2016 Teachers

Fatima Oulad Thami, Hand of Fatima
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Teaching: Designs inspired by North African Tattoo Art, Hand of Fatima Designs in Inverse, Fessi Heart of Henna, 50 Shades of Cultural Appropriation, Moroccan Syringe Work

Fatima is a Moroccan henna artist living and working in Holland who specializes in sharing the traditions of Fessi henna.

When Fatima began exploring henna, over 20 years ago, she knew only of the authentic Moroccan style of her homeland, called Fessi. Moroccan henna techniques are unusual in that the henna is applied with a glass syringe or a stick.

Fatima studied Fessi Henna and focused on learning the origin, meaning, and history. This henna style has an organized structure, layout and space allocation characterized by the geometry, clean lines and abstract symbols. Fessi became her specialty and passion. Come and learn the beautiful traditions of Moroccan henna arts with Fatima.

Michelle Schindler

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FaceFiesta & DenverHenna, Leah Reddell
Denver, Colorado

Teaching: Maternity Henna, The Eyes Have It!, Expanding Your Business

I have been a professional face and body artist since January 2003, based in the Boulder area and serving the entire Denver/Front Range community. I began exploring the art of henna in 2007, thanks to some lovely friends and artists, and it has been the best thing in the world for my business and for my own artistic expression.

 

I work multiple types of events, practicing both FAST and s.l.o.w. henna, and I absolutely love creating art in this medium — it’s a beautiful way to celebrate life!

Catherine Lent, Catherine Lent Design
Frenchtown, New Jersey

Teaching: What's with the Words?, Scrolls and Banners, Shapes and Fills: Finding Inspiration, Am I an Artist or a Therapist

I was about 8 years old when I was struck speechless by a photo in a National Geographic magazine: a full Indian wedding party in vibrant colors, intricate gold jewelry, and every guest displaying hands full of intricate mehndi.  I didn't know WHAT I was looking at, but I knew I would find out and make it a part of my life.  Around age 15, I encountered my first awful, metal tube of "shelf-life" henna in a local shop and was thrilled to try it out.   About 20 years ago, I got in the habit of getting some henna and playing around with it every summer, at the beach with friends and their kids, on my nieces and nephews....around 2008, I started offering henna at my art shows to pass the time while nobody bought my too-expensive-for-street-fairs calligraphy.  

 

I was raised with art as a family value: my father is a watercolor artist, and I had other relatives working in pen and ink, oils, and wood-carving.  Art supplies were always on hand...like every day on the kitchen table... and new supplies were always my favorite birthday and Christmas gifts.  While I spent my early adulthood teaching high school English, whenever I had any down time, it was time to MAKE stuff: stained glass windows, crocheting, pysanky, beading, drawing, folding...and when my daughter Stella was born, I turned to calligraphy (the perfect marriage of language and art!). I have been honored to be able to make a living in the past 13 years from all sorts of art-making: calligraphy originals and prints, graphic design, marbled paper, origami creations, and not least of all henna design, which has become an ever-increasing source of satisfaction and joy.  I live in a close-knit community of creative people on the Delaware River in NJ, and it is my profound pleasure to put all-natural mehndi on the bodies of my neighbors, both in festival/street settings and at private parties and events.

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Jen Schafer, HennaMuse
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Teaching: Children's Programming

Jen began learning about henna while working in the children’s department at the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green Oh in the late 90’s.

She was offered the opportunity to teach teens at the library about what she’d learned. Later she went on to present her henna related programing ideas at a conference of librarians from all over Northwestern OH, and encouraged them to offer such programing at their own libraries. They didn’t. They hired her instead! Slowly over the next few years Jen began to spend more time as a henna artist than as a librarian and she officially began Body Art by Jen, the first incarnation of her henna business, in 2001. Jen has taught about henna across the country and been featured on Arts IN focus on PBS.

Jen oversees The International Certification for Natural Henna Arts (ICNHA) which is a volunteer peer assessment for henna artists to certify they use only natural, chemical free henna and understand the cultural, traditional uses of henna. A study group will available at the conference.

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Connie Tu, Created by Connie
Bradford, England

Teaching: Seed of Life, Shading, Content Marketing with Carissa McQueen

Connie Tu is the co-founder of the Bradford, Englan-based community oriented #MonthlyMehndiMeet for new, hobbyist and professional henna artists alike. Connies goal is to nurture a supportive and professional, all natural henna community for all to enjoy. Sharing safety information and encouraging skill building are important to keep our community safe. 

Liza James, Liza James Photography
Portland, Oregon

Liza is a professional photographer and henna lover who will be joining us to help build your portfolio, take artist headshots and help us capture the amazing little moments that create HennaCon.

I’m inspired by your story. I’m interested in who you are. I love relationships. I love capturing little bits of who you are as a person, in a photograph. My goal is to empower and encourage you while capturing your personality in your images.

I’m a wife and my family consists of three rather large and perfect puppies and the best guy on the planet. I  wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

I love anything artistic. Photography is my voice and passion through images. I’m obsessed with creation, whether that be through photography, writing, calligraphy, or music. Just let me create and I’ll be a happy gal.

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Flavia McQueen, Henna Caravan
Camarillo, California

Teaching: Cone Rolling

Flavia (pronounced: Flay-vuh) is Henna Caravan’s fantastic manager! She offers superior site management and crowd organization while patiently explaining the henna process, answering questions, and keeping events running smoothly. 

During the week Flavia oversees the mail order and shipping of the Retail/Wholesale Product and Sales portion of Henna Caravan as well as Product Research and Development. Each October, Flavia’s main task is to organize this conference though it has grown to be a 10 month a year  prep as we've slowly grown!  

 

She is our gracious host and cone-rolling expert. She rolls thousands of  cones a year for the Henna Caravan team artists!

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Jessica McQueen, Henna Caravan
Camarillo, California

While earning her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from California College of Arts Jessica founded Henna Caravan in 1997. 

Jessica's journey with henna began when she stumbled on a vintage National Geographic with images of henna. It was exotic, beautiful, totally unknown and captivating. These were the infant days of the internet and information was hard to come by. She began researching henna and it led her down a path that would eventually become her career and passion.

Jessica focuses on henna for large events and henna during pregnancy. During the week Jessica manages the Retail/Wholesale Product and Sales portion of Henna Caravan and co-organizes Henna Con.

Carissa McQueen, Henna Caravan

Camarillo, California

Carissa began working with Henna Caravan at the age of 12. She is a fast festival artist who enjoys discovering new styles and creating contemporary bespoke pieces for private clients.

Carissa completed her Master's in Children's Literature in London, UK in 2014. Her internships with Corbis Entertainment, Random House Children's Books, and Penguin Books taught her essential marketing and publicity skills. Upon returning to California, Carissa applied her experience to a theatre arts non-profit as communications coordinator before returning full time to Henna Caravan and HennaCon. 

In 2010, she was featured on David Tutera's "My Fair Wedding", and in 2014 she was honored to travel to Cambodia with Neeta Sharma and Sumita Batra to help teach henna to local women.

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