I can proudly say that I made Debi snort. I also tricked her into revealing her secret New Jersey accent. In all a really enjoyable interview and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. We talked and talked about so many things and then before we knew it 3 hours had flown by.
I am a huge fan of her work and really regret not having time to attend her classes at the Henna Intensive and Retreat last year. She will be teaching there again this year; you can find out more about the event here. Debi’s henna style is probably the most recognizable in the henna world; you can’t forget those life-like eyes peering at you amid a mass of flowers, her incredible juxtapositions of creatures and objects, the ubiquitous skull decked out in all its finery and so much flowy, flowery goodness that it will overwhelm you. Browsing through photos of her work will have you jumping and swaying; her henna designs are so full of life and rhythm and yet are precisely drawn masterworks.
What amazed me is that, in addition to being an incredible henna artist, she is also articulate about her creative process and the structure of her designs. For that mastery and wisdom she deserves the title Henna Crone.
I have been drawing since I first held a crayon. In fact, drawing and coloring are among my very first memories. Over the years, my passion for creative expression has found many outlets, painting, pen and ink, color pencil, clay sculpture, mask making, macrame, even a little jewelry making. When I discovered a book about henna, back in 1999, I began making marvelous messes with the powder and the paste, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Henna is a very ancient art form, it is folk art, an art of the people. The desire to adorn our bodies is as old as we are, the ability to fulfill that desire is immensely gratifying. Though I don’t think that one has to begin as an artist to become a henna artist, I do believe that bringing an artistic passion to this ancient form of adornment infuses every aspect of the henna experience with amazing energy, and results in designs that delight the heart!
As mentioned in the outro, the composer of the theme music for Caught Red-Handed, Shlomi Cohen, just released his debut album. You can find it on iTunes, Amazon and Google play; links to all these sites here: http://shlomicohen.com/upcoming-album/. Please support independent musicians, especially ones who create podcast music for free! Thanks!!