My name is Chele Eva Armstrong. Chele is short for Michele and pronounced “shell”. I have been an artist all my life, dabbling in various mediums including photography. I realized I wanted to study Henna artistry when one day, at a party, I was asked to chaperone some children with a Henna kit. Once I got a hold of that cone, those kids didn’t have a chance to use it but they all were pleasantly decorated. One saying, “You must have been a Henna artist in a past life”. I seemed to be a natural. This was what I had been missing. I fell in love and it soon became an obsession.
I feel beautiful and exotic when I wear it. I use the symbolism of the Henna designs to enrich, remind and teach and I enjoy helping others discover their special symbolism. I mix Henna ceremoniously. I capitalize the word ‘Henna’ as I do the word ‘Earth’ for I feel both are sacred. I show the Earth Mother my respect as best as I can by reusing and recycling when possible and keeping my waste to a minimum. I perform my service in an eco-friendly manner while still holding to high standards of hygiene.
While I will always feel there is more and more to learn about Henna, its traditions and design, I also enjoy teaching others the craft. I have been practicing Henna in the Northwest since 2006.