My Speciality is honoring motherhood with Henna Tattoos. I love to adorn pregnant and breastfeeding women with henna then make beautiful photos for them. I live in Lafayette, CO and travel the front range from Colorado Springs, Denver and as far North as Fort Collins to find my living works or art. I am also the creative director of Artfull Mother magazine - a local magazine devoted to the interests of mothers and the art that empowers them!
One of the things I'm most grateful for are our daughters - Aleah (32), Laurel (17) and Ella (14). 12 years ago they came bubbling into the room I was in with a ring and asked, Would you be our Momma? Rob walked in right after with his own proposal. It was one of the happiest days of my life! Last month marked 11 years of marriage and I'm thankful that as time passes our love for each other deepens. Our oldest has married and moved away, so this photo is with just our youngest daughters.
When I read about pregnancy traditions and how they honor a woman as she rises in status to mother, I felt empowered to acknowledge my rise into Motherhood with body art. Each year on Mother's Day I adorn myself with henna and think about my intentions to grow as a mother this year. My design started with my index finger and a little lotus - a reminder to surrender to the flow, the life in service to family. A bonding symbol reminds me of my deep connection with my husband Rob, and how we are stronger together. From there, the design flows out as a flowery doodle, a type of zentangle meditation. For those of you who enjoy(ed) doodling, check out the Zentangle Movement online. I found their ideas to be inspiring and love blending them into my henna work as well as my own doodles.
My art has lead me on a journey of a lifetime, and I'm so happy about the magazine that Rob and I have created - Artfull Mother. It's a place to share art, poems, and stories of motherhood. A resource for local mamas! Read or download for free at ArtfullMother.com Buy print copies here.
Is this the last summer that your baby might be nursing? If so, it's time to capture this special time in your life before it passes! I have been adorning and photographing breastfeeding moms for many years now and I really have a LOVE of this deep bond between a mother and her child. A session begins with a solo henna appointment, with mom relaxing in a comfy chair in my Lafayette, Colorado studio. Henna application takes 2 to 3 hours and can include any design elements that have meaning to you! This lovely mama included hearts (especially the concept of a heart within a heart), two owls, and moon, sun and stars.
She returned a couple days later when her henna tattoo was peaking in color with her young daughter, just 3 years old, and we began with some fun dress up in the studio. These sessions go beyond just nursing photos, we also do mother-daughter photos as well as just photographing her daughter. Doesn't she look like a little goddess in that dress!? I have so many fun little silky things that will fit any size person.
Then we headed outside to a path by a local stream. What a gorgeous location! Now that it's nearly summer it feels so WARM and these sessions are such a delight. My amazing husband Rob comes along to help light these outdoor scenes and make the little ones laugh. Truly, he keeps the mood light.
We'll set up and capture a wide variety of shots from every angel! Each Breastfeeding Body Art Session includes 20 finished photos in your private gallery, 10 of which you may download as high resolution print-ready images. I will also print out a book with all 20 images included. It's a keepsake that you'll love to page through, especially after you are done nursing.
Contact me to set up an appointment this spring/summer! SKB@SarahKateButterworth.com
Girls love body art! Throughout my 13+ years as a henna artist, I have painted hundreds of young women for all kinds of reasons, including birthday parties, coming of age, and graduation to name a few.
Sometimes I come to their home and paint them & their friends, sometimes they come to my studio for a more quiet, personal experience. Body art is a wonderful way to honor the rite of passage that a young woman is going through. I have been invited to many ceremonies to honor this rite, doing henna inside a teepee in the forest, in a lodge filled with girls and a lovely woman leading the event with songs, as well as in a warm cozy living room with the fire blazing and mom and daughter laughing and chatting while I adorn them both. I have driven deep into the mountains and all over the Denver area for events like this, they are such a delight to behold.
I have painted my own daughters many, many times and love photographing them in henna as the color peaks (after 2 or 3 days). I've adorned grandmother, mother and daughter for Generational Henna, which was a blast!
Recently I had a mom I'd adorned for pregnancy ask me to give her daughter special birthday henna to celebrate turning 12. Nina spent 90 minutes sitting in my special henna chair and we created this design (below) based on her interests.
She returned a few days later and we photographed her glowing in henna. Just beautiful! It is a real treat for young women to experience this and have the photos as a keep sake.
I'd met this mama at a birthworkers gathering and it was wonderful to get to adorn her for her next pregnancy. Her henna design request for a mama bird and two baby birds in a nest, which I loved creating for her! The henna painting took about 1 1/2 hours, and then we took some photos in the studio.
She returned a few days later with her 3 year old daughter, who was quite amusing! Throughout the moments of silly play we captured some sweet moments.... In the studio and in our backyard as well.
I am so happy to be collaborating with A Moms Space in Lafayette! What a nurturing place for mothers to come and be supported. They offer all kinds of classes to find peace and self connection, opportunities to connect with other mamas, as well as professional services for healing and support.
Please come by and check out my gallery on display as well as the window art I created. 424 East Simpson St in Lafayette! http://amomspace.com/
I am happy to be offering a whole new line of services, digitizing my art into web-practical applications! Check them out!
I draw strength from my feminine side and flow with the visions that are shared with me, bringing light and form to my client’s heartfelt desires. I am a prolific artist and delight in creating not only body art but also graphics, logos, and murals. I work with my outstanding husband Rob as a team to create websites as well as professional portrait and product photography.
Today I had the pleasure of spending a morning drawing in Eats and Sweets in Old Town Lafayette!
I lost myself in this doodle for a couple hours and then Rob came to photograph the final additions.
I am excited to be exploring the world of murals and I look forward to my next endeavor! See more about all the kinds of art I do on:
Adorning Laura every month of her pregnancy starting at 5 weeks was an adventure! Read all about it in our magazine, Artfull Mother:
The video below as taken by Laura during her last pregnancy henna session in December - her baby would arrive 2 weeks later.
And here is a video showing the progression of Laura's pregnancy and her design growing! The last henna in December was split up into two sessions, of about 3 hours each sitting!