Catherine Cartwright-Jones
Catherine Cartwright-Jones

MLS from Kent State University, August 2006
Developing Guidelines on Henna: A Geographical Approach
Master's Essay

Currently completing PhD dissertation on henna at Kent State University

Catherine Cartwright-Jones runs TapDancing Lizard LLC and the Henna Page site group, and is constantly  renovating, rewriting, and expanding the sites to better serve the henna community and explore the diversity of henna history, traditions, art and science.  Catherine is the owner, and does most of the the writing, photography, webmastering, and business management, assisted by a team of workers.

Catherine Cartwright-Jones began seriously studying henna in 1990. She has been a professional artist since 1970, and holds a pictorial arts degree from UCLA.  She has a Masters of Liberal Studies degree from Kent State Univerisity, where she focused her master's work on henna.  She is presently enrolled in the Geography PhD program of Kent State University, completing her doctoral dissertation on henna.

Catherine has gone overseas the last several summers for research projects on henna's history and traditions, most recently on a research grant from the Iranian Heritage Foundation.  She has lectured on henna at colleges, universities and museums, been a consultant on henna to the National Botanical gardens in Washington DC and the Royal Botanical Gardens in London.  She has worked with Discovery Channel, Fox,  BBC,  Better Homes and Gardens, and National Geographic, as well as provided expert testimony on copyright law for henna artists in two USA federal court cases.

If you'd like to contact Catherine for media interviews, magazine or acacemic articles,  lectures, consultancy, to provide expert legal testimony on henna ... or to henna you ... email her for her CV and references.

Catherine has written and published books and academic papers on henna.  Some people believe her to be the worlds foremost scholar and researcher on  henna, and she frequently appears on tv and in print as a henna expert. Fortunately, no one in her family, certainly not herself, takes her anywhere near this seriously, otherwise she'd quickly become a tedious old cow. 

Otherwise, Catherine is "60-something",  has been with her husband since 1968, and has two adult children, 4 cats and two pug dogs.  She likes to cook but maintains a voluntary ineptitude for housekeeping.