Re: Snappy comebacks to clients who want to teach you henna

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Posted by Marina Waltz on August 24, 2002 at 02:29:10:

In reply to: Re: Snappy comebacks to clients who want to teach you henna posted by Kenzi on August 23, 2002 at 22:46:36:

I am enjoying seeing the different perspectives which are appearing
in this thread, and I'd like to add another. Maureen, I especially
enjoyed your very thoughtful insights.

A professional artist who is trying to earn money may (probably will)
have a completely opposing view to mine since I do not do henna for
any reason other than that I love it. Occasionally I henna someone
else but most of the time only myself, and I have never worked at
any type of fair or event, therefore I don't have to worry about
earning enough to at least cover my both fee, so splitting income
would not be a concern for me. I also don't have to worry about a
stranger's skill level or whether or not my clients would be pleased
with their work.

However, should I find myself doing henna in a public place and
being approached in this way, once I squashed my initial irritation
at having someone imply or infer that I have no knowledge of what I
am doing, (which I would most definitely feel), I would be delighted
to have someone from a traditionally henna-using culture offer to
work with me. Unless they were being truly obnoxious about it, I'd
love to see their artistry and would be delighted to swap stories
with them while we worked.

Since I was a young child I have always been interested in other
people and their languages and cultures, and I would welcome the
opportunity to discuss various ways of preparing paste, methods of
applying it, achieving & keeping good color, and pattern and design,
as well as any other information or stories they wished to share
with me. Even if neither of us learned anything new about henna it
could still be a very enjoyable experience for both of us. Who
knows, perhaps we'd each make a new friend.




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