April 1st, 2023 from 11am - 1pm
Ages 15+ (we will be using fire & hot wax, and the craft requires steady concentration)
Join us as we welcome Spring at our Pysanka Egg Dyeing Workshop!
Ukrainian pysanka involves drawing on an egg with a special tool, using fire and wax, dipping the egg into multiple dyes, and building up patterns and layers. The word pysanka is derived from the Ukrainian verb pysaty ‘to write;' we ‘write’ designs on the eggs. Nearly all Slavic peoples and those in the eastern Mediterranean area practiced this art in ancient times using beeswax and dyes to create tiny masterpieces of art but Ukrainian Easter Eggs from the more modern Christian era seem to be the ones best known. The symbols used in pysanka design are a blend of ancient pagan motifs with Christian elements.
A special tool called a kistka is used to melt the beeswax and write on the eggs. The kistka is the pen and the beeswax is the ink. Each successive color is waxed and dyed until the entire design is created on the surface of the egg. The wax is then removed, and your masterpiece is revealed!
Kingston local, Kate Urcioli will lead the workshop, sharing the tradition which has been long passed through her family.
Each participant will be guided through the process, receiving 6 eggs to work with, and their own kitska and beeswax to take home for continued practice.
Sliding Scale $25-$50
All proceeds will go to World Central Kitchen's Ukraine Efforts. The material value of your take-home craft supplies is $15, so please consider that when choosing your donation amount.