Oriel has been performing henna since 1999, after an exposure to this art whilst in Morocco just prior. As a professional henna artist, she specializes in hand-mixing her own paste to traditional recipes, applying designs with traditional flair and offering celebratory use of the art, as has always been the case for this ancient form of decorative stain. Through “Henna Harem”, she offers henna adornment at ceremonies, parties, openings, conferences and festivals.
With vivid childhood years in the Middle East and qualifications in Art History & Anthropology, a natural intrigue with henna and its contemporary symbolic use infuse Oriel’s life.
The concept of transforming the age-old practice of henna body adornment into a contemporary setting has long been one of her interests.