Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Extraordinary Eggs for Easter

There’s a universal theme that runs through every civilization for Easter. The holiday is symbolic of rebirth, and the egg a symbol of life. I’m intrigued by the gorgeous Easter offerings of other cultures. Let’s take a look.

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It’s hard to believe this stunning creation was hand-drawn on a chicken’s egg. A pattern is etched in hot wax before the egg is bathed in a variation of dyes–the traditional Ukrainian process, known as pysanka–which create a vivid design and a tactile texture.

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Can you imagine an Alexander Lamont bowl filled with these beauties? Or perhaps a dried branch dripping with the shining varnished shells? Craft your own nest, below, for a stunning tribute to nature.

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You almost need to think backwards and upside-down when creating a pysanka egg, because it’s the lightest colors that are applied first leading to the darkest before the final design emerges. Check out this tutorial on making Ukrainian Easter eggs.

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You can find everything on Etsy, where eggs range in price from around 30 bucks for a ‘simple’ chicken egg, to $350 for a large rhea egg, below, that’s more than five inches long and signed and dated by its artist.

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Happy Easter, everyone.

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