We gathered for two days in a well lit room with ample space to hear talks about the science and chemistry of mixing, the mechanics of drawing, the particulars of artists' style, and even how to properly letter. We learned from one another by drawing henna designs on skin and watching other artist's approaches to using the tool as well as design aesthetic, and hearing about their experience during the process.
There were a wide variety of seasoned pros to youngsters recently bitten by the henna bug, and everyone in between, local and distant home bases, so many stories! The henna provided by Jen was smooth and lovely to work with, and the stains have been gorgeous and dark.
I loved meeting Catherine, Rachel, Genevieve, Darlene, Misk, and Elisa, and spending time with artists whom I had already met and admired and consider friends.
The opportunities for growth as an artist, chemist, business person, and for networking and friendship are abundant at henna conferences, and I recommend the Windy City Mehndi Meet in April in Chicago annually as a good one.
I am based in MN and there are two larger conferences per year here, one in November, and one coming up at the end of this month. The Polar Spring henna meetup will be on April 29, 30 and 31, and it will be a good one as well. Think about joining us and click here for the Facebook event page and details. I'll be waiting for you there with a cone in hand :)