Sara Karissa Shankar uses a henna cone filled with acrylic paint on this piece of pottery.

Eight years ago, Sara Karissa Shankar, a resident of Felicity, decided to pursue her passion and become a professional henna artist. With no formal training but by consistent practice and hard work, she was able branch off into henna-inspired pottery, rangoli designs and recently added henna-inspired face masks during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. She now offers both individual and group henna workshops for all ages.

“I have always had a passion for art and this was just another form of expressing myself and creating something I am proud of. I love that I’m able to showcase part of my Hindu culture while maintaining a certain level of creativity and individuality in my designs.”

The exact origins of henna tattooing aren’t clear, however the tradition dates back as far as Ancient Egypt. Natural henna stains normally last an average of two weeks before it starts to fade from the skin. Using acrylic paint to complete henna designs on pottery allows a level of permanence that would not be possible using natural henna.

For further information, Shankar can contacted at hennabykarissa on Facebook.