Henna Tattoos

Body, space, design, fragility, temporality, lightness, beauty, metamorphosis.

The body as a space. A space in which to give shape from what is already there, the body’s geometry and lines of force. A space to search for harmony and beauty.

The body as a white page to be written.


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Ancient Egyptians and many indigenous people around the world believed that the naturally derived red substances had qualities that improved human awareness of the earth’s energies.

It was therefore applied to help people keep in touch with their spirituality.

Indian mehndi involves fine, thin lines for lacy, floral patterns with lines and dots; dense patterns covering entire hands, forearms, feet and shins.

African henna patterns, usually simple, bold, large geometric shapes and designs with abstract symbols.

Arabic henna designs are abstract and less dense with designs featuring graceful, usually large, Floral and vine patterns on the hands and feet.

About paesaggisensibili

Architect and senior fellow of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of Toronto University, I'm a member of the board of directors of the Italian National Institute of Architecture (IN/ARCH) in Rome, where since 2003 I am in charge of the Institute Master Programs. My studies are rooted in the fields of architecture and philosophy of science with a special interest in biology and anthropology. Key words for my research are: Man, Space, Nature, Technique, Webness, Ecology, Relations, Interactions, Resources, Energy, Landscape, Footprint, Past and Future. My goal is to build critical understanding of the present to suggest useful strategies to build the future.

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