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Meet the Maker Month: Angelica of BO•HENNA

My name is Angelica, everyone calls me Angie and I'm a henna artist born in Mexico and settled down in Montreal.

When did you start in the henna field? In 2016 but formally as a business in 2020

If you could travel back in time, what would you tell child Angie? That she is amazing, she has vibrant creativity and she has to believe it because is totally real and that I love her.

What does being a Maker mean to you? Create something that goes through a creative process. That maybe it comes from the most primitive part of the brain but it ends up in something great and cool

What motivates you to create? The joy of creating itself is the biggest motivation

How have you developed your skills? Practice, Practice, and more practice.

Where are you from and how does that influence your work? I'm Mexican and we are hardworking people and with a lot of creativity, we grew up between colors, music, and joy so that's the main influence.

How have your life experiences shaped your art? Emotions totally play a big part in this game and being open to meet people from different backgrounds has given me great experiences to share and listen to what others like and can give each person a special piece of art.

How has the pandemic impacted your creativity? I have a lot of restrictions because the service I provide is one on one, face to face. But honestly, the time at home has allowed me to practice more and more, in a more retrospective way so I can increase the quality of my services and get happier customers

What themes do you pursue in your work? Self-care joy and relaxation.

What is your favorite thing you've created and why? Any bridal henna, because it has brought joy to all the brides I've served and to their families too.

Tell us about your first sale The first time I charged for henna was very weird because I never charged before, but it felt also very good because I realized that my art is worth it and that people will actually pay to have this ephemeral art on their skin.

What is your dream project? To have my own henna boutique

What type of art do you like to consume? Handmade jewelry and natural products

Describe your creative process First, listen to what my client would like me to make for her and then get inspired from the environment around. It can be really spontaneous.

What steps are you taking to ensure your growth as a maker? Work every day like a little step on my road, internalize that is my own road and no one else's so I don't compare myself to others and always celebrate each little advance

What inspires you? Nature

What three adjectives would you use to describe your work? Feminine, special and ephemeral

Why are humans creative?

Because we need to "survive". It started just like that, like a survival instinct that has grown and grown to something amazing

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