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Ukrainian Egg Workshop
January 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pmFee applies, see description
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Create an exquisite pysanka, an intricately decorated egg, using techniques of the traditional Ukrainian folk craft. Workshop Fee: $25 for RI members, $30/non-member. Ages 15 and up, limited to 10. For more information, call 717-762-0373 or email to [email protected].
Participants will learn to create an exquisite “pysanka,” an intricately decorated egg, using age-old techniques of the traditional Ukrainian folk craft.
Holly Olszewski will lead the workshop with hands-on guidance. Olszewski has taught the craft for many years after learning it from a friend in Connecticut.
“My friend Tamara asked me if I’d like to learn the traditional craft of making Ukrainian eggs,” Olszewski said. “The techniques she taught me had been passed down through her mother and grandmother. I like traditions, and making these eggs became a tradition in my family, too.”
The process requires pure beeswax and special dyes. Olszewski has samples of traditional design elements, but also encourages each person to create a unique design meaningful to them.
“I love these eggs because the elements used on them are full of symbolism,” Olszewski said. “Even the colors are symbolic.”
Eggs have been decorated for centuries in the Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe with intricate and brightly colored designs. Ancient motifs like the “tree of life” and Christian symbols are popular. In addition, images from nature, like plants, animals and insects are often featured.
With her husband, Jack, Olszewski operates Mother Earth’s Creations, buying and selling crystals, fossils, shark teeth, geodes and other semi-precious stones.
Parking is available behind the Visitor Center with additional parking in the lower lot off Welty Rd.