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Summer Workshop Series: Introduction to Henna Tattoos with Ashley Hinson Dhakal

Tuesday, July 14 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

EAC’s Summer Workshop Series continues with Ashley Hinson Dhakal’s Introduction to Henna, offered via Zoom on Tuesday, July 14 from 1-2 pm. Participants will learn about the history and traditional use of henna, as well as view different designs and learn their meanings. Each student will be provided with a tube of natural henna paste to be used on hands or feet to produce a vibrant henna tattoo (typically lasting one to two weeks). Instruction will include application techniques, various motifs to try out, and ways to make sure that the henna result is a deep, vibrant temporary tattoo. 

This workshop is for ages 12 and up; the $10 registration fee includes materials (a sliding fee scale is available by request). The henna paste will be available for pick up at Eastport Arts Center on Monday, July 13 from 10 am to 1 pm, unless the participant has a possible skin allergy. In that case, arrangements can be made with Alison to pick up the henna on Sunday, July 12. All Covid-19 precautions will be followed in the preparation of participants’ materials, and fees may be placed in the coffee can provided at pickup. (Certain people may have skin sensitivities and for that reason, we will provide directions to do a “patch test” in advance of the workshop. Note that people with the rare condition G6PD deficiency should not use henna).

PLEASE preregister by Saturday, July 11, by emailing registration name, phone number and address to alison@eastportartscenter.org. Funding for this workshop has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Ashley Hinson Dhakal grew up in Calais, and now lives there with her husband and two sons. She is a graphic designer and website developer that runs a business called AHD Design. Her husband is Nepali, and she lived in Nepal for three years before returning to Maine. During that time, she learned about Nepali culture, including the practice of applying henna (mehendi) on skin in advance of special occasions, including her own wedding (pictured below).

*If you aren’t local or wish for other reasons to provide your own materials, we hope that you can still join us for this Zoom workshop.  Please email Alison to indicate your interest, and to receive information about signing in to the class.  A registration donation is welcome, but not necessary if you are providing your own materials.

Info for Participants: 
You will receive your henna in advance of the workshop. You may keep the henna in the fridge until ready to use. At least 24 hours before the workshop, cut the very tip of the henna tube (smaller opening is better – you can always make it bigger later) and apply a very small amount to an inconspicuous patch of skin. Wait at least 15 minutes before removing.  If you experience any redness or swelling, do not apply additional henna. You may still attend the workshop to learn more and watch, but it would not be safe to apply the henna. 


The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.