A full circle (with thanks!!) (long)

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Posted by Lauren  on June 11, 2002 at 19:19:05:

You all may have noticed I'm not posting any pictures since Sirius
NYC. I had thought I was pretty good, impressing the locals anyway,
then when I saw the designs the other "pros" were knocking out, I was
almost ashamed I had been charging for it. After getting home and
looking at my old pictures again, I realized I wasn't as bad as I had
thought at the time, but I did sit down to think about why I wasn't
better. I especially thought about Heather's design. I'd never
before seen something so intricate and gorgeous, not to mention she
covered up a design I thought couldn't be done. I thought a lot
about this. I've been doing henna on myself for ten years and people
who have been doing it for half as long are doing stuff that's hugely
better than me. I knew I would have to make a change, but I didn't
know what until just now.
On a whim, I rolled a cone like Heather showed us at Sirius NYC and
started doodling. I had a decent design on the back of my hand, but
I was going to be working at an Indian restaurant and I needed to be
impressive, which the back of the hand wasn't to people who are used
to bridal mehndi. WOW. The result was the picture posted above.
This is far and away the best work I've ever done. I'm remembering
that I started out using a rolled cone and doing lovely work, of
course nothing like this! I took the cones to an event and did some
terrific designs that I know would not have turned out so well done
by any other means. I finally feel like I'm doing the art I always
knew I could. The link below has both the pictures from Sirius that
inspired me and some other pics I took this weekend. There's also a
picture of Max and Quinn, for those of you who wanted to see them.
Thank you so much to everyone here who has been such a great help and
inspiration!! Also thanks to Alissa for her help with the page.


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