Mehendi Inspired Leaves - Woodcut & Gelli Print
Mehendi or henna originated in Egypt or possibly somewhere in Africa and moved across the middle east to India, where it is used today in ceremony for holidays and special occasions. It can be used on hair and skin and has the ability to relieve headaches, detoxify the body, improve nails, protect the skin, boost hair health, cool the body, reduce inflammation, and speed healing.
When I go to India, I love to have Mehendi put on my hands. For my wedding a few years ago, a family member made some very elaborate designs on my hands and feet! It was so beautiful! I loved how intricate the patterns were. Today, many people create all kinds of designs and patterns, but many of the traditional designs have symbolic meaning.
I was so inspired by the intricacy of the patterns, that I decided to create very intricate patterned leaves. Leaves typically symbolize happiness and prosperity. I carved up a wood plate with a delicate leaf design inspired by my mehendi.
A special thanks to Mani, who did my henna and inspired these leaves.