Tan developed an interest in Mehndi during her early childhood thanks to her Nan who would carefully mix the natural henna powder with black tea, sieving, blending and folding the paste to achieve the perfect consistency, then letting it set over night in order to create a beautiful deep colour. Tan would watch her Nan apply Mehndi designs on her own palms very steadily using a toothpick.
For Tan applying mehndi was and still is a cultural norm within the household, as real tattoos are a no-go area, the temporary Mehndi tattoos are perfect to beautify the body with astonishing designs.
As an adolescent Tan had visited Punjab during the period of Eid festivities with her Nan and accidentally became the designated Mehndi artist for all the ‘aunties.’ Although it was such a daunting prospect, decorating hands for others at such a young age, the well received reaction from the adults was delightful. This significant event stayed with Tan and in the future inspired her to develop her skill creating Mehndi art.
On completion of her A Levels Tan took a gap year before studying at University and it was during this period where she finally decided to further develop her passion for Mehndi art, training with the internationally recognised artist, Joshiv Beauty in London, United kingdom, successfully completing advanced level studies. Tan assisted Joshiv at a Bridal booking and this spurred her passion to continue decorating brides and their families.
Following completion of the course Tan was supported by a dear friend, Anees Malik, a great inspiration and very talented man. He supported and mentored Tan, instilling confidence in her by introducing her to the world of a Professional Mehndi Artist. Attending multicultural wedding events, decorating brides, meeting so many wonderful people at Mehndi parties, travelling, it all spurred feelings of excitement, joy and great satisfaction. Tan loves meeting wonderful people through her art and creating beautiful designs not only to impress but to make others smile.