Aine, who comes from strong Irish (and German) roots, was introduced to threads of Eastern European culture through me. Through extended family, we were introduced to the Ukrainian art of pysanky eggs for Easter. Raw eggs are put through a process of scribing, waxing, and progressive dying, to produce intricate color and geometric patterns. The eggs made by grandmothers and great grandmothers still exist in our family today.
Although the art is dying (no pun intended) and it is getting harder to find the tools and knowledge, Aine was intrigued and wanted to carry on the tradition. Here is her third project (we won't talk about the second and the unfortunate brush with gravity), where she has fused Ukrainian technique with Celtic imagery:
This one was the first attempt. Laying the tiny wax lines takes practice. She was a little shaky at first (but still cool):
That's all for this year, but it was nice to add some fresh colors to the old tradition. As for the Easter egg hunt this year, we had some visitors to spice things up:
Seems like some Garter snakes have gone forth and multiplied.
For those who celebrated, we hope you had a nice holiday!