The ancient ritual of transforming an ordinary egg into a 'Pysanka' can be traced as far back as 5000BC. Seen as the embodiment of the renewal of life, they were a source of wonder and magic for primitive people. The egg continues its talismanic powers to this day as a spring tradition, now associated with Easter, as it is passed down from one generation to the next. I was taught this exquisite art form by my Ukrainian mother. I celebrate my cultural roots and am connected to my homeland, in my annual decoration of Pysanky.
Designs are drawn on the egg with melted beeswax which flows from a tool called a 'Kystka'. The eggs are then dipped in a series of dyes and the final pattern is revealed when the wax is removed.
I continue to proliferate this art form by teaching it in community halls, schools, universities and museums.