Re: Are you an artist...? OR just someone who does henna... my history on this.LONG

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Posted by Erika on July 8, 2002 at 13:18:41:

In reply to: Are you an artist...? OR just someone who does henna... my history on this.LONG posted by Veronica on July 6, 2002 at 18:47:22:

Okay, I posted a really long a senseless reply to this yesterday and
my reply didn't show up. I was trying to shut down the computer
quick because of a storm, so I probably forgot to hit
submit...duuhh...Fortunately, I remember most of what I said.

I keep getting these people asking me to draw things like panthers
and wolves, and they are astounded when I say that I'm not a tattoo
artist. I've trained myself to draw those butterflies, dolphins,
and Kanji that everyone seems to want, but really I try to stick to
the simpler traditional designs. That's why I got into Mehndi in
the first place. I love the mystique of this ancient art. So I
can't draw. Does that make me any less of an artist? I don't think
so. Anybody who knows me would say, "oh yeah, she's always been
artistic." I'm a poet. I make collages, tag art, and altered
books....things that make you say, "huh?" I love to
create "ambiance."
I think that being a mehndi artist is not just selling designs, but
sharing the mehndi experience. Many of you have spoken about
touching people's lives or at least changing their moods. This is a
package deal, and most of the value is in the intangible aspect of
it. I used to get bothered by my lines being squiggly and my
circles like ovals, but then I realized that you have to accept that
this is part of the human hand-made factor. Sometimes you see
designs that are so perfect that they look manufactured. Not that I
don't appreciate a totally gifted artist that can create those
perfect designs, it's just that I can be okay with my imperfect ones.
Can I draw? NO.
Am I an artist? Absolutely!


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