Henna is everywhere these days…online, at festivals, on Twitter, on hands and feet, on Facebook, on bald heads, on brides, but not on the digital airwaves…until now! Caught Red-Handed will have interviews with all your favorite henna artists from around the world, talking about henna, but straying as far as possible into other areas of interest and inspiration. I hope to add a new dimension to the artists I interview, giving my listeners new insights into how they came to be the artist they are now. I hope also to talk to people in other fields tangentially related to henna, like tattoo artists, bellydancers, jewelry designers etc. I’m open to suggestions of people you’d like to learn more about.
I’ve always loved podcasts and I associate them very closely with my artistic endeavors. I listen to podcasts while I work on my art; they keep my mind focused but allow my eyes to remain on my work. Podcasts also follow me on bike rides, long train trips, flights, my commute to work etc. You’ll see some links to my favorite podcasts, all of which have inspired me to create Caught Red-Handed. I hope that I can live up to even just 1/10 their awesomeness.
(aka Lisa Butterworth) traces her passion for henna to the time she spent living and working in Morocco. Her travels throughout Morocco and elsewhere in the world have instilled in her a deep curiosity and appreciation for cultures, arts, traditions, and history. A self-taught professional henna artist, Kenzi’s love of Moroccan design is reflected in her henna work, into which she also incorporates traditional and contemporary influences from other cultures. While Kenzi’s style is deeply rooted in tradition, it is also entirely modern, often referred to as “psychedelic amoeba.” Kenzi’s experience is as vast as her influences. Her work has been seen in films (Spike Lee’s The 25th Hour; Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate), on television (Erykah Badu’s MTV video “Love of my Life”), in magazines (a spread on Global Beauty for Brides Magazine), and on the runway. She works at large-scale corporate events and festivals (Bulgari, HBO, A&E TV, New York University, Whole Foods Market, Diabetes Research Institute, Committee to Support Rural Education for Girls in Morocco (“CSSF”)) as well as intimate weddings and parties. Kenzi also offers private consultations and teaches the art of henna in workshops throughout New York City. Her motto is “crisscrossing the NYC grid hennaing all bare skin.” Kenzi is the author, along with Nic Tharpa Cartier, of the first ever book on Moroccan henna, “Moor: A Henna Atlas of Morocco“
and is currently lecturing across the country and around the world on the subject of Moroccan henna. She and Nic are starting work on their next project.