Amy began her henna journey in 1999 when she had first begun studying Middle Eastern dance. This also was the era when celebrities such as Madonna and Gwen Stefani were making henna into a fashion statement. Her then-boyfriend gave her a book, Loretta Roome's seminal Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting, and said, "Go for it." And she did.
Her first "clients" were friends and family and anyone else who would sit still long enough to let her doodle. She did henna as a small side business until 2011 when she decided to take Blue Lotus Mehndi full time. She's had the privilege of decorating hundreds and hundreds of clients from virtually every walk of life. She's a regular at annual Diwali and Holi festivals at the popular Taj India restaurant, and you can catch her at major Birmingham cultural events such as Bare Hands Gallery's Day of the Dead festival and the Birmingham International Street Fair. She also regularly travels around the state for events in locations such as Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Huntsville, Montgomery and Troy.
Amy is well known for her in-depth knowledge of henna's traditions and history, her natural ease with clients and her professional approach to business. A native of Birmingham, she is also an enthusiastic home chef, writer, traveler, wife to husband Rich and fur-mom to her cats and dogs.
Also known as the "booth boy" and "Amy's right hand," Rich Miller is Amy's husband and indispensable business partner. Rich is often seen manning the front table at large events, answering customers' questions and serving as the cashier. After more than a decade of marriage, Rich knows almost as much about henna as Amy does.
When he's not talking to customers or schlepping equipment, Rich is fond of spending his extra hours in the forge and creating masterful works of art in steel and iron. He has his own business, Lost Viking Metalworks.
Born in California, Rich spent his growing-up years in the Midwest and Northeast before attending college in Virginia and eventually moving to Alabama in 2003. He's a software developer by day and also enjoys craft brewing, winemaking and meadery, building bonfires and studying the ways of the ancient Norse.