Pysanky

Psyanky is a traditional Ukranian egg dying technique associated with spring and Easter. It's a wax resist dye process much like batik. You start with a whole raw egg and build up layers of bee's wax and dye using candle flame and kistka. Traditionally, the egg is covered in geometric patterns or symbols that represent the coming of spring or various themes from Christianity. 

My mother's birthday and her favorite holiday, Easter, are around the same time. I learned how to make pysanky as a gift for my mother and fell in love with the process.  I enjoy the vibrant dyes and the big reveal at the end when you take off the bee's wax. Every year, I choose a new theme for my designs and create a series of eggs while I teach classes during the season. I gravitate towards more contemporary designs but still practice the meditative process of covering an egg in geometric patterns.

Golden Wheat 2016

Golden Wheat 2016

Ukrainian Windmill 2015

Ukrainian Windmill 2015

Corn on the Cob 2015

Corn on the Cob 2015

Catfish River 2015

Catfish River 2015