Finding a way to still add beauty to the world since I can't do henna during the pandemic compelled me to expand my art to another freehand medium for my business to survive.
I dove into my Sicilian heritage and found inspiration in the art style the Mediterranean is renowned for - Maiolica - and coupled that with my decades of art + painting experience.
Maiolica [MY-yol-ick-a] (also spelled majolica) is tin-glazed terracotta with hand-painted motifs using only a handful of vibrant colors. To maintain authenticity, I stay within this color palette. Each painting is created freehand and can take several days to finish.
Traditionally, Maiolica is signed with the artist's last name + town. You'll see my work includes my Sicilian maiden name, Platania, and islandgirlhenna. I chose the business name Island Girl Henna in 2009 to signify being an islander who does henna body art. It just so happens that my family's from Henna on the island of Sicily, so "islandgirlhenna" is a serendipitous compliment to my signature.
Original maiolica painting by Jeanette Platania Harper.
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2 minute video of my "Lemon + Blossoms" painting (with happy Dean Martin music) showing the extensive time, patience and precision that goes into creating just one of my paintings.
Inspired by the many accents that are found within traditional maiolica paintings. These make great ornaments for the home, office, vehicle or the holiday tree. For those of us who can't resist reading an epic novel old-school style, they make great book marks too!
Designs available include Gold Grid, White Flower or Blue Vine. Each ornament is signed on the reverse side and adorned with a 100% pure silk ribbon in a coordinating color. Artist signed on reverse.
Since each is painted completely freehand slight variations are to be expected and should be considered the sign of uniqueness that's present in all handcrafted items.
21. Set of 3
Original or Print: This is an original painting. This is not a print.
Measurements: Almost 1" x 5" (excluding ribbon). Acrylic on 140 lb. artist's paper.
Watermarks: The gray watermarks in the photo are not on the actual painting.