Our journey with henna began in 1996 traveling Morocco. We began adorning the public in 1999 and have continued developing our skills and deepening our appreciation for this multi-faceted path of stain.
Setting the standard over the past 20 years as a feature of Australia’s best music festivals through an evocative installation space, Henna Harem’s dedication has created an expectation of henna art at such events. High-level customer service and team-work are valued as much as immaculate design.
Familiar with the needs of private events, including adaptability, approachability, courtesy and flow, we’ve catered to a range of clients from celebrity musicians and actresses, popular beverage and pharmaceutical giants, fashion houses to law firms. Each occasion is catered to depending on theme, numbers and time-frame.
Founded in 1999 by Oriel Paterson (BA Art History & Anthropology), who successfully leads a team of henna artists at numerous corporate and cultural events. While it was a life-changing journey to Morocco in 1996 that set her path of henna fascination, Oriel’s childhood in East Africa and U.A.E created an appreciation of culturally diverse aesthetics and a deep intrigue in our human connection. Oriel’s resonance with the ritual use of this plant includes specialising in fresh-mixed, non-toxic henna paste, traditional application and hand-drawn design.
HH Headquarters and Studio is found in a small laneway in Brunswick Heads by the river. Private Bookings and Workshops can take place here or at your home or venue. Our delightful 1975 vintage York caravan is available to attend events, allowing space for a small performance stage, a bar, photo-booth, or high tea scenario. The caravan can be seen at the Byron and Bangalow Markets (1st and 4th Sundays), where she has many admirers.
As a culmination of our 20 years working with henna we look forward to our new project: Small Stories of Henna, to be undertaken in 2020. We’ll be interviewing people in different parts of the world focusing on the way this global plant is used, resulting in photographs, words, moving image & sound.