MEET THE MAKER - TELISA FROM HINT OF HENNA
Hi, I’m Telisa and I own Hint of Henna.
How long has your business been operating?
We’ve been operating for 6 years now.
What do you make and create?
I’m a henna artist, offering unique and whimsical body art and natural feather hair extensions.
Tell me about the person you are in everyday life?
I believe I am a walking, talking version of Hint of Henna haha! You’ll always find me covered in henna and hair feathers.
I like to wear flowy skirts or dresses that I can swish around. I’m very much influenced by 60s UK fashion and music. I like to think I’m a happy and bubbly type of person but that’s probably because I’m lost in my own kind of fairy tale most of the time haha!
Tell me about why you love to create your products or brand?
Henna brings out the creative side of the brain. My influences change but they are all centred around a whimsical vibe. I like the artwork to resemble something elegant, feminine and a little enchanting. Having customers who appreciate my art is so heart warming!
But deep down, my absolute favourite thing to henna are pregnancy bellies! They are incredibly hard to henna as the angle of the belly is not the norm and it can be extremely hard if the baby is constantly moving! I love the challenge and the photos we take afterwards are the best part!!
There’s something very special about feathers. No matter how many hours behind the scenes it takes to sanitize and dye each individual feather (a lot!!), it’s always worth it when we hold up the mirror and show our customer how amazing they look with their new feathers! It gives us such a high!!
Tell me about the space you work in to create your products?
I have a henna room for private appointments set up at both my home and parents home that is furnished and decorated almost exactly the same. There’s a beautiful champagne French Provincial couch in both rooms that I love hennaing on, there’s lots of fairy lights and feathers scattered around which gives a beautiful vibe.
When I’m working by myself I always have a British comedy playing in the background to keep me company.
Does your family help or have any input into what you do?
Hint of Henna wouldn’t exist without the help from family and friends!!
My beautiful mum is the Feather Guru at the markets while I’m hennaing. My patient husband helps us at all busy markets organising the wait list and helping customers choose their feathers or henna designs. There’s a special group of friends I have on rotation that are always willing to help us at the markets and behind the scenes. They are amazing!! Then there’s my lovely dad who stays home to look after our cats hahaha! We’re a fun group to work with altogether!!
What are your short term goals?
I actually don’t think I have any specific goals. We just love riding this wave and enjoying what comes our way. Hopefully I will be hennaing for another 10+ years!
Do you have an inspiring message or quote for man kind?
My dad has always said “People may not remember what you’ve said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” It is always in the back of my mind.
Why do you love being a part of the Mermaid Sorority Markets?
There’s just something awesome about being in a big room full of creative people! I always find it so inspiring! Chatting and working with people who spend insane amounts of time and energy doing what they absolutely love is fantastic to see! And we all understand how crazy our passion makes us haha!