I can’t believe how quickly this winter is flying by! I’m already starting to plan for the busy spring and summer season, and really excited for all the great events that come around once a year!
In March, I’ll be teaching 2 classes at the 6th annual Henna Gathering, in Providence RI. The event runs from March 30th to April 1st, you can find more details about the event and registration here: hennagathering.org — For now, my workshop titles and descriptions are:
Advanced Techniques in Moroccan Henna – This course will build upon your existing knowledge of Moroccan design, with a focus on technique. We’ll cover a lot of topics including working with speed and precision, how to build effortless design vocabulary, Moroccan designs on-the-fly, and tips and tricks for making even simple designs look intricate and impressive. This class will rely heavily on demonstrations and will be taught in a conversational format, so that together we can get right to the points that you’re most interested in learning about. Though this is an advanced level course, artists of all levels are very welcome, and there will be something useful here for all.
Quick and Dirty Mauritanian Henna – Mauritanian and Sahraoui henna designs are starting to become popular among Western artists, and are
known for their knockout geometry and precision. This course will include a quick overview of traditional techniques like tape resist, but we’ll concentrate on reproducing these amazing designs with the tools we’re all comfortable with. We’ll take a close look at how the designs are constructed and broken down, with a focus on incorporating them into your own design vocabulary. Course attendees will receive a sample of Nic’s yet unpublished Mauritanian and Sahraoui pattern book.
In May, you know where to find me… Tribal Fest 12! With the fantastical Henna Crone and Blume Bauer. Five days of THE best bellydance, costuming, shopping, and henna you have ever seen! May 16-20 at the Sebastopol Community Center in lovely Sebastopol CA, not far north of San Francisco. We will be vending all 5 days as usual, and I can’t believe it’s already my 4th year running! Can’t wait to see all you lovely dancers and friends.
In June the Henna Crone and I will be tearing it up at MECDA’s Cairo Caravan aboard the sumptuously glamorous Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Come experience some high style and spooks as we unceremoniously dump glitter and bellydancers all over one of the most haunted sites in the USA! This is how SoCal throws a party, and you will spend the weekend feeling like an Egyptian goddess! We’re vending from June 1st to 3rd in the Luxor level.
And there will surely be more! I’ll post with updates as the season gets underway.