Ivana Švarcová – Baba Jagua

east west mehndi meet, Ivana Svarcova, jaguateacher, hennaconference, hennaclassesI did art from the very time I could keep a pencil in my hand (my mom says I’ve been painting and drawing since I was 2 years old). I graduated at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Prague, I did a few creative jobs, but I have been pushed further. I began to work as a tourist guide in Morocco, which I loved and where I first met a henna tattoo. I started working with henna in 2006, two years later I discovered another material – the jagua from the Amazon forest. Since then, I have been fascinated by the endless possibilities of using these natural skin dyes. Nowadays, besides of painting on people, I paint on stoneware and porcelain and make illustrations. I live and work and raise my son in Prague, Czech republic.

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