Pysanky: Batik Egg Decorating Workshop

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Headquarters Library - Raritan Township - Route 12
Meeting Room

Event Details

Come celebrate the spring with this unique opportunity to learn an ancient art and folk tradition. Pysanky, also known as Ukrainian eggs, are created using a process similar to batik. Patterns are drawn on the egg with hot beeswax, which then protects the covered areas from the dye that is applied. By repeating this process with different colors of dye, a multi-colored pattern is built up. Finally, the wax is removed to reveal the colors that were covered up at each stage. All skill levels and ages can create an original pysanka.

This workshop will cover the history and traditions surrounding Pysanky, demonstration, and an independent practice session. The instructor will provide a variety of organic eggs, many traditional and non- traditional colored dyes, and all supplies.

The instructor, Jenny Santa Maria, is a batik egg artist who lives in Farmingdale, New Jersey. Her approach to this medium is untraditional in that she explores and experiments with mathematical concepts (self similarity, tessellation, golden ratio, etc.) in her work and enjoys the therapeutic and soulful process of creating intricate designs on eggs with melted beeswax. Though associated with the spring, she practices the art all year round with wax from her own beehives and eggs from her own happy hens.

Event Type(s): Craft Program, Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Presenter: Jenny Santa Maria, Flame Tip Studio LLC
Chelsea Rizzolo
(908) 788-1434

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