Zebarth has been a professional Henna artist for the past three years. She is hired, from her home base, which is in East Hampton, for corporate events, birthday parties, sweet sixteens, girls night out, bridal showers and of course
weddings. She offers a full range of services, from complex bridal patterns, to
quick, fun party designs. She also showcases her art at various festivals,
farmers markets and craft fairs throughout New England. Self taught, she has
spent the past six years immersed in learning about this antiquated art. With a
background in photography and graphic design, Zebarth calls on her creative
side to craft intricate, elaborate, traditional Henna designs, which she creates quickly and effortlessly.
“In addition to the actual art of Henna, I love the art of talking with people,” explains Zebarth. “It is a social experience, it kind of has to be; I am either holding your hand or working on your feet, we are close, so in most cases my clients will talk to me like they would talk to their hair dresser.” She adds, “I meet so many different people at different times in their lives it’s wonderful.
That is a big part of this job I enjoy, just as much as I enjoy being creative.”
In a matter of minutes, Zebarth and her tiny cone of hand mixed Henna paste, (which consists of Henna powder, lemon juice, lavender oil and cajuput,) transforms her clients’ skin into one of a kind works of art that will last anywhere from a couple of days up to three weeks. The Henna comes out in thin mocha colored lines of cool mud. The “mud” has to stay in place and undisturbed for at least an hour (ideally a little longer) so the Henna has a chance to dye the skin. Once the “mud” is washed or scraped off, a light orange stain is left. This stain then darkens or oxidizes over the next 36 hours to reveal the beautifully embellished Henna tattoo.
“Everything about Henna is an exercise in patience,” explains Zebrath. “You have to wait to have it applied to your skin, you have to wait for it to dry and then you have to wait for it to darken.”
The end justifies the means however, as the result is magnificent, fascinating, pieces of fleeting art. The Henna dyes the first two layers of skin, so has you shed or exfoliate the tattoo fades.
“It is a great way to be a little exotic for a while without having to commit to a “real” tattoo,” shares Zebarth who is often asked to create Henna tattoos on people who are thinking about getting a permanent one, so they can live with it for a while and see if they like it, without taking that final step. “I think another great aspect of Henna tattoos is that you can change them as often as you want, so they are always fun, exciting and different.”
With an immeasurable zeal about her creative vocation, Zebarth is happy to share her enthusiasm for everything Henna with others through programs at local libraries as well as other gatherings and events, such as the Seventh Annual Henna Gathering, which is being held in Cape Cod from March 22-24. Zebrath, who is the co-organizer of the three day event, will also be teaching several classes there.
“The gathering is for Henna artists of all levels as well as beginners, it’s always
a lot of fun and full of learning experiences for everyone,” says Zebarth. “I
take great pride in what I do and I love sharing it with others.”
Zebarth charges $100 an hour for a private event and travels throughout New England, for more information call 860-365-9542 or go to www.JamilahHennaCreations.com.
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