Let’s take a look at Texas based mehndi artist Samira’s outstanding designs!
Samira grew up in a multicultural family. She took up professional mehndi three years ago. And ever since then, Samira hasn’t looked back. Henna artistry is her passion. In her words- “I guess all the years of doodling in class paid off”. She completed a degree in nursing in 2010 and worked in the health care sector for a few years. But Samira’s fire burned greater for doing what she loves to do, which is mehndi designing. She is known for doing diverse designs on the brides, be it contemporary, or featuring strong influences from Arabic, Moroccan, Indian, and Indo-Arabic fusions.
1. Tell us about yourself – when did you begin doing this and how did u think of getting into this line?
I picked up my first henna cone 3 years ago. We had an eighty person party and the main entertainment was providing henna for the guests. Two days before the party the henna artist cancelled. Since I am the most artistically inclined person in my family, hence, my relatives vouched for me to buy a couple of cones and figure out how to do simple flower and paisley designs. I practiced 5 to 8 hours a day those 2 days. When it came to the party, the guests were really pleased with my work and every weekend after that, someone knew someone who wanted me to provide henna for their party.
2. What are your top favorite mehndi designs?
Right now my absolute favorite is a Indo-slight Arabic Fusion done on a recent bride. It is full of bold motifs with tiny thin lined detail complementing it all around. Another design that I love a lot is a non tradition one. Its contemporary and almost looks like a piece of jewellery. It also has a tribal feel to it because of strong geometric representation. Another design that will stay special to me forever is the finalist photo that made an entry in the “Maharani Weddings E-Magazine Mehndi Contest 2015”. I grabbed 1st place for the same. I did a lot of research to see which pictures were more photogenic and trendy at the same time. It happened to be those pieces that not just had clean detailing but also incorporated beautiful negative space at the same time. I got inspired by Bharati Sanghani’s work to learn how to incorporate amazing detailing with very prominent and eye pleasing negative spaces.