Day 26 | Henna artist, Joy White creates special tribute to the Isle of Man | #HomeIsWhereTheArtIsIOM
Joy has been working with natural henna for over 10 years. In January 2019 launching Joyful Henna Isle of Man as an official business and says she has been overwhelmed by the support from the island community.
“Over the last few weeks I have seen the people of the Isle of Man pull together like never before, and it has been truly inspiring. I am currently at home from my full-time job, giving me a lot more time to play with henna and learn new skills, and after recently taking an online masterclass on putting together city skylines I knew I wanted to do a design for the Isle of Man.
On the left side we have the Tower of Refuge, Lady Isabella and Tynwald Hill accompanied by the peregrine from our coat of arms and the Latin Quocunque Jeceris Stabit. To the right we have the hills, the cities and the people of Mann along with the raven and the Manx Traa Dy Liooar, Fella. Crossing both wrists is the ring chain pattern featured on the Kirk Michael Cross, and both palms are decorated with cushag blossoms and buds.
Finally, at the top, a paraphrasing of the island’s motto: Whichever way this throws us, we will stand together.
My design process starts with a rough sketch before moving on to a bride (or, in this case, my practice hands). First I sketch the boundaries of the design in very light henna, along with the placement of any major motifs. Then I begin to fill in the design in stages, checking for symmetry along the way. This design took just under 4 hours to place on the hands.”
Joy was born and raised on the Isle of Man and has always loved drawing. When she was younger Joy’s mum used to tell her off for drawing on herself with pens and markers, and she was absolutely delighted when Joy began my henna journey.
Stay tuned everyday of May to see a number of fantastic videos from creatives as part of our Home is Where The Art Is project.