Zebarth has been a professional Henna artist for the past three years. She is hired, from her home base, which is in East Hampton, for corporate events, birthday parties, sweet sixteens, girls night out, bridal showers and of course
weddings. She offers a full range of services, from complex bridal patterns, to
quick, fun party designs. She also showcases her art at various festivals,
farmers markets and craft fairs throughout New England. Self taught, she has
spent the past six years immersed in learning about this antiquated art. With a
background in photography and graphic design, Zebarth calls on her creative
side to craft intricate, elaborate, traditional Henna designs, which she creates quickly and effortlessly.
“In addition to the actual art of Henna, I love the art of talking with people,” explains Zebarth. “It is a social experience, it kind of has to be; I am either holding your hand or working on your feet, we are close, so in most cases my clients will talk to me like they would talk to their hair dresser.” She adds, “I meet so many different people at different times in their lives it’s wonderful.
That is a big part of this job I enjoy, just as much as I enjoy being creative.”
In a matter of minutes, Zebarth and her tiny cone of hand mixed Henna paste, (which consists of Henna powder, lemon juice, lavender oil and cajuput,) transforms her clients’ skin into one of a kind works of art that will last anywhere from a couple of days up to three weeks. The Henna comes out in thin mocha colored lines of cool mud. The “mud” has to stay in place and undisturbed for at least an hour (ideally a little longer) so the Henna has a chance to dye the skin. Once the “mud” is washed or scraped off, a light orange stain is left. This stain then darkens or oxidizes over the next 36 hours to reveal the beautifully embellished Henna tattoo.