This life we's strange, painful at times, but oh so beautiful.

I am a fusion dance artist and teacher, a fire dancer, and a visual artist. I draw inspiration from nature, music, and the amazing people that come into my life. I am also a conservationist who makes jewelry and found object multimedia craft type art in my spare time (when I'm not reading, writing, or lighting things on fire and dancing around with them). I love to dance barefoot on the beach, watch the stars move inexorably across the heavens, and to laugh with the people that I love. I am currently based in Greenville SC, working with Discordia Arts to provide unique and exciting entertainment to the Upstate.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Upcoming Shows Oct, Nov 2012

Jaidra will be performing as part of Discordia Arts with Wasted Wine at the Velo Fellow on Oct 31. Be on the lookout for something different!
Next, look out for Wasted Wine and Discordia Arts with Los Meesfits at Little Kings Shuffle Club in Athens, GA on Nov 3. Discordia Arts are breaking out the theatrical dance spectacular for your viewing pleasure.

A short break will be followed by an appearance at the Handlebar as part of Outsider Arts' Holiday Market on Nov 17.

Favorite Nature Photos

I hike as often as work, gigs, and life allow me to, and I love to take pictures of what I see. Here are a few recent favorites.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Nature Silk

This one has a home already (I painted it for my Father)

 I started with this beautiful garden spider on a background of white oak leaves.
 Then I added a ruby throated hummingbird. I took some liberties with the vine: kind of a cross between bignonia and jessamine, but I think it's beautiful.
 The far left side finished up with a dragonfly on a background of sycamore leaves and water oak leaves as a final framing piece, since I wasn't going to paint the full size of the silk. I used water and jaquard green label silk dye directly on the fabric with water to move the dye.
Finished nature silk painting
I finished with a mottled background in 4 washed of dark blue. The pictures don't do the silk justice, but I think that it turned out lovely. I am always in love with and inspired by nature.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Abstract silk paintings for Feb 2012

Winter showed up late, but it showed, and I've been cold and filled with dark emotions.

I mixed washes of grey and black with my colors to develop gradients, and I used water and salt to add texture.

I think that these abstract paintings are evocative of what I'm feeling these days. More of this style will be coming.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Multi-month update brought to you by the letter J

The letter "J" for Jaidra and for Job: as in, Jaidra's full time Job takes up all of the time that was once spent on taking and editing photos, updating websites, networking, etc.

I am still making art and dancing! It just occurs at odd times, and is in no way consistent. So, for brevity, here's the bullet point update.

  • Uniq by Jaidra silk art is available at Artizan Gallery in Columbia, SC. They have been fabulous to me, so if you're in the area, go by and check them out!
  • Uniq by Jaidra silk art and jewelry is available at Raspberry Moon Skin Care studio in Greenville, SC. Nicole is amazing and will help make your skin Fabulous, so definitely check her out!
  • The Uniq by Jaidra Etsy store is closed temporarily. It just takes too much time to maintain. But, I still take custom orders and I always have pieces for sale. Just contact me at
  • I am a featured artist at Dharma Trading company this month! I get all of my silk painting supplies through Dharma, and LOVE them! 
  • I am available for private henna body art appointments. Due to time constraints, I am limiting in house and travel appointments to a minimum of 50$ (a pretty large or detailed piece). Longer and larger appointments still run 75$ per hour. I do have a two hour minimum for parties, corporate events, and weddings.
  • Dance classes continue. I always wish that I could dance more, but there's only so much time in a week. Stay tuned. I will try to be more consistent with the updates!

Joy, art, shimmies!

Some Pics from the Past Few Months
Uniq by Jaidra: Art Fair Booth

Uniq by Jaidra: Art Fair Booth

Uniq by Jaidra: Art Fair Booth

Custom Belly Henna

Turkish Fusion Performance

Irises Silk Painting
Taking a life break: Hiking is my relaxation
I just love this picture: Mushrooms above a mountain stream.