Back in October, Jae from Lit and Scribbles pondered about a quote of Ray Bradbury’s, “If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.” and decided to start a “things i love” post. In order to share what she loves and fill herself with new experiences. She then challenged other bloggers to do the same.
In the mid-eighties I participated in something called “Super Saturdays”. It was a learning enrichment program that provided fun classes about science, food, music, and art. There were classes about folk music, baklava, creative writing, origami, etc. I usually chose the artistic classes and stayed away from science.
One of the Saturday classes I remember fondly taught the craft of making Ukrainian Easter eggs or pysanky. Just thinking about the craft evokes the scent of beeswax. (The beeswax is used for writing the designs on the egg, before the dye process.)
The intricate motifs are abstract representations of animals, objects, etc. For example roses represent love and curls, defense or protection. The rich colors used for the eggs are symbolic also.Black means eternity, red is happiness in life, and blue is the sky.
The beautiful eggs definitely draw a person’s attention.I love the rich colors used for the Ukrainian Easter eggs. They’re so different from the pale versions we make for Easter.And my creative energy wakes up, just by staring at the gorgeous eggs.
I also love how pysanky eggs, if traditionally designed, tell a story.
When I think back about the craft of Ukrainian Easter eggs or pysanky, it’s very similar to writing. Like writing, the process of crafting the egg requires forethought. Writers outline the steps of a story, with the words forming a pattern.The crafter must think about the egg design in layers, white must be covered by beeswax before dipping the egg in the yellow dye, etc. Both crafts require a certain amount of patience also. But either way the final results can be quite amazing!
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