Growing up in the city of Karachi in Pakistan, for a woman there were not many opportunities, however, my mother was a talented artist, using charcoal, water colours and oils on canvas. She mainly practiced as a hobby and watching her paint awakened my creativity at a young age. I spent many evenings with her learning to draw and paint.
I was only 12 years old when my eldest sister got married and I was given my first job doing henna tattoos. I remember how nervous I was thinking that I would mess up my sister's wedding if I got it wrong! Thankfully, with the support of my family, everything went well and her bridal henna was wonderful. From then on, every event that took place in the neighbourhood or in the family, I was always asked to do the henna designs and application.
My love for henna was born from seeing the happiness it brought and the fact that it had always represented a form of union, family, beauty and creativity in a single art form. Since moving to London, I have introduced henna tattoos to so many lovely people and the journey it has taken me on so far has been unbelievable. I have met such lovely families, couples, singles and people from all walks of life, all different backgrounds and cultures. To have henna unite all these differences is surely something to celebrate.
My journey has taught me a lot and I am forever learning, and I wish to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has helped me on this journey.