Hannah Jelstrom sits under a canopy of trees on the UCF campus creating free henna designs for passers-by every Thursday afternoon.
Jelstrom, a senior business management major, reworked her Cornerstone project to utilize her creative skills.
The objective was to raise $1,000 for Junior Achievement, an organization whose mission is “to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy,” according to Junior Achievement of Central Florida’s website.
Jelstrom said she raised about $175 in donations in one week working her henna booth.
“I like the idea of tattoos because they are a great form of expression and remembrance, but the permanence of real tattoos is not for me,” Jelstrom said. “I like that the tattoos serve as a beautiful reminder for a week or two, and my hope is that they retain those thoughts long after the henna stain fades.”
Henna is created from the leaves of the Lawsonia inermis plant. The leaves are crushed into a paste to create the dye that is used to adorn the hands and feet with creative and intricate designs. The art of henna has been documented as a part of Islamic culture for more than 5,000 years in parts of North Africa and Asia, according to the Journal of Ethnopharmacology and the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia.