DIY Street Fair Artist Confidential: Jessica Land

By: Kurt Buesching | September 19, 2012

Henna is a flowering plant that produces an all natural ingredient used to dye various items from skin to wool. For Jessica Land, Henna is art.

“It is a great way to express yourself in a lovely and non-permanent way!” said Land. “Henna is used to decorate and adorn the body with beautiful and intricate designs.”

For quite a while now, Land has been passionate about henna. She has spent years researching and learning about the styles and traditions of henna, along with its rich history. Having the opportunity to share her passion with others has been very rewarding for Land.

“I started drawing, researching and learning about henna as young as 15 and started practicing professionally about 5 years ago,” noted Land.

In order to make her own paste, Land mixes a short list of key ingredients including henna powder, lemon juice and a few natural oils. She showcases her work throughout Metro Detroit and is available for private sessions, special events, festivals and henna parties. Her designs start at around $10 and go up in price depending on the size and intricacy of the design requested.

Along with her passion for henna, Land is a professional ballroom dance teacher and is also working with several different textiles from clothes to housewares to quilts.

Chances are some of you may not be familiar with the art of henna. I suggest you take a look at Land’s Facebook page, Happy Henna Designs, to see some of the beautiful and detailed designs she has created for several satisfied customers.

Land feels that henna is something anyone can enjoy. “It is temporary, lovely and can be tailored to fit any ones tastes and style, and I LOVE IT!” Land said.