As we entered the season of Lent, several of us at St. Mark's met to consider what events might enhance our experiences of Lent and I offered to make Pysanky eggs and show anyone who would like, how to do it. However, as the planning went on, it became clear that I was just going to be returning from a three week trip to Belize and might not want to organize this. Instead, we invited, Jolanta Feliciano, a member of the New Mexico School of Sacred Arts and a Pysanky Egg Artist, to facilitate this class. We met on a Saturday at St. Mark's on the Mesa.
|Jolanta Feliciano cleaning the inside of a student's egg.|
|Drawing the Design onto the egg.|
I decided to brush up my skills and attend the class as a student. What a gift this time was. In the company of other very creative people (most of them artists themselves) we laughed and learned and shared ideas. Jolanta was a terrific teacher and taught me many things that I had not discovered on my own. The most important...BUY AND ELECTRIC KISTKA! A steady temperature and no wax leaking out in blobs made it a joy to work all afternoon and not ruin a single egg.
|All plugged in!|
|Annelise saving the white on her design. The wooden lath helps keep your lines straight. You can also use rubber bands to divide the egg into even spaces.|
|Her grandmother, Emily starting her design.|
|Pat's deep rich gold is her second color.|
|Lin Marksbury goes graphic.|
Annelise likes the purple on top of her turquoise. Wondering where to get the great egg dipper? An oriental food market! Mine is from Talin Market
|Egg is completely dyed, now to remove the wax!|
|After drilling a hole in the bottom with a dremel, Jolanta removes the insides by pumping water into the shell which forces the egg out.|
Some finished eggs...none of which are mine...will show you those later.
If you are one of my Albuquerque readers, you can sign up to take a class. Jolanta will be offering a class at San Gabriel Mission church in Corrales on March 24. Call her at 505-507-7840 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you want to order supplies and learn by trial and error, like I did initially, here is a link to a great supplier The Ukrainian Gift Shop. Happy Dyeing and have a blessed Lent.