Artful Henna exhibition in Seattle!

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Today I’m finishing a new, one of a kind tattooed doll for the Artful Henna group exhibition at the “Art Not Terminal” gallery in Seattle, USA. The Opening night gala is on Saturday, August 7th. The show is centered around the theme of henna motif and I’m very excited to be a part of it, amongst the many talented and renowned artists who work in this highly decorative genre.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the opening night due to a scheduling conflict and will have to go to Seattle at a later time to see the exhibition.

This is an up close shot of a work in progress henna tattoo on the left hand. This is the most intricate tattooing I’ve done up to date and I’m very pleased with how much detail I was able to fit into the tiny hands and feet of the doll. It wasn’t easy and my own fingers ached from the tremendous strain of engraving on such a small scale. I’m very anxious to see it completed, as it’s been a year since I’ve done my last henna tattooed doll. I simply love the aesthetic and the diversity of henna and wish I could make many more dolls with it, but the complexity of engraving it takes a lot out of me. That’s why I have to space out my henna projects quite a bit.

I’ll be posting another shot of henna close up tomorrow and pictures of a completed doll, along with the purchasing information on Sunday.

26 Responses

  1. Annina says:

    how cool, a new henna doll, looking forward to see her! :)

  2. terribysea says:

    So lovely! Can’t wait to see the finished doll!

    You know I love henna.

  3. noxy says:

    Wow, these hands look gorgeous. I imagine the rest of her will just blow us away.please be careful with your own hands. Can’t have you hurting yourself. *hugs*

  4. The Old Maid says:

    Pretty tattoo! Can’t wait to see the whole doll!

  5. Astera says:

    This is once again marvelous…I am wondering what mold you’ll use for this doll…:)

  6. Marina says:

    You’ll see…you’ll see…

  7. It’s so deceptive seeing them this close up! The fact you got this much intricate detail in so perfectly is quite a thing to behold.
    I imagine the final doll will be quite something.

  8. Linda says:

    Ohh Marina…..

    Does she have henna on her head? I am so happy you are doing this show! You and the other artist are exceptional in your fields! I look forward to seeing you…..please give us notice when you are coming!


  9. ziggytaku says:

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEh you coming in Seattle i am so there (hop hop hop)
    i hope i will see you in person ^^ and we can talk a little ^^ OMG one more week eeeeek >.<!!!

  10. Orangey says:

    I’m dying to see the finished piece! I love your henna and tattooed dolls, I really do. I am so looking forward to seeing her.

  11. Jon Songserm says:

    Wow! so amazing details, I’m so excited to see the new henna doll!

    best regards,


  12. Annarchy says:

    So very, very cool! Kia is one of my very favorite dolls because of her gorgeous henna work, and now you’re making someone new with even more elaborate mendhi! I’m almost beside myself wanting to see more of this new girl! Please say there will be more photos- even teasers!- soon!!!

  13. MissLK says:

    Dear Marina,

    Lavanya and I are anxiously waiting :)

    I LOVE henna EDs!!!

  14. Eiko says:

    Those hands look very lovely. I can’t wait to see the rest of the doll.

    Whilst I know that you’re incredibly busy, I was wondering if there had been any update on the prizes from the birthday contest. I haven’t heard anything yet about my prize.

  15. Jayne says:

    Amazing! Marina, you always manage to do everything with a touch of suspense :)
    Now, I have to keep checking your blog incessantly!
    Which mold? What colouring? How much henna? Nude or costumed? The list goes on…..
    I LOVE IT!

  16. jslord says:

    Oh, Marina, I remember about this exhibit now. You got your own wonderful henna design on your hands from an artist, and I think You planned to get it done again for this exhibition. Are you still planning to do that, even though you won’t be able to make the opening? I hope we get to see pictures if you do. Also, I hope to see pictures of you at the show (please).
    You must have some super magnifier to do this intricate work!

  17. karen Garcia says:

    can’t wait
    take care <3

  18. Cyriaque-L says:

    That’s a so perfect work ! I love henna and what you did is wonderful and amazing. I am looking forward to having a look on the doll when finished.

  19. Fiona says:

    I truly admire your work, Marina. The hands and feet are really tiny to be painted! don’t stop presenting us such beautiful work! love u.

  20. Silvano says:

    Your list is quite wunoerfdl and there are some names I mysel am not familiar with, which is always a good thing. I still think there are some artists you have not mentioned who have impacted the way the very business of art and illustration has gone. Donato Giancola is a modern day oil oil master, merging principles of abstraction, romanticized figures and fantasy into beautiful paintings. Dan Dos Santos was actually his first studio assistant. Brian Froud gave us fairies and Dark Crystal. Alan Lee and John Howe along with the Hildebrandt brothers have singlehandedly made the Lord of the Rings a visual realization for generations of fans. Jack Kirby is the father of almost all of Marvel Comics iconic characters. my list goes on, but these are just the few bigger names who deserve a place in any top list of artists.

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