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  • #0 - Pysanky Toronto 2020 - 4-Day Registration - June 11-14, 2020
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    Hosted by Ukrainian EggCessories, Pysanky Toronto offers a 4-day immersive retreat for pysanka enthusiasts. 

    Overview of the 4-Day registration option for Pysanky Toronto 2020:

    • 4 full day admission (Thursday June 11, 2020 @ 10am to Sunday June 14th, 2020 @ 3pm) 
    • the chance to write and celebrate the art of pysankarstvo
    • meet other artists
    • share and hear tips and techniques
    • experience presentations from guest speakers 
    • participate in small group demos
    • purchase pysanky supplies
    • participate in an egg exchange
    • includes meals & snacks
    • door prizes

    All levels welcome (basic knowledge highly recommended). This is the only pysanka retreat of its kind in Canada, and draws attendees from all over North America.

    Registration cost is: $250CAD ($221.24 + $28.76 HST 13%)

    Ukrainian EggCessories discount Codes will not be accepted on ticket prices. Thank-you.

    Accommodation is separate. 

    After you purchase your tickets, click here to join the Facebook group where we are discussing everything you need to know about where to stay and what to bring. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PysankyToronto2020/

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  • #01 Canola Yellow Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    This nice bright "Canola Yellow" pysanka dye covers well and does not have an oily feel. Canola Yellow is often the first dye colour used on a pysanka.  

    Yellow represents: sun, stars, moon, harvest, warmth, youth, & happiness.

    Found in the beautiful fields of the prairies, the canola flowers shine a magnificent yellow. With our Canola Yellow eggshell pysanka dye you will be able to capture the same magnificence on the surface of your pysanka.

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  • #02 Tofino Sunset Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Tofino Sunset (orange) dye covers the egg well and is a wonderful dye to follow Canola Yellow... however please note that our orange dye needs vinegar.  Because it uses vinegar, it is not recommended to use as a wash back dye.

    The colour orange represents: endurance, strength, & ambition.

    Tofino is a small town on the western coast of Vancouver Island, is the last part of Canada to see the sun shine everyday. Our Tofino Sunset dye brings the spirit of Tofino's magical beaches into your pysanka and allows you to capture the unwinding beauty of the setting sun across the Pacific Ocean.

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  • #03 Glowing Hearts Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Glowing Hearts is the new name for our Bright Red Pysanka Dye. It truly is a bright brilliant red that is a traditional colour for a Pysanka. Glowing Hearts can stand on it's own or follow Canola Yellow & Tofino Sunset as the third dipped dye. 

    Glowing Hearts tip:  this dye is a very powerful and strong red. It adheres to the eggshell fiercely. You may need to wash it back with ivory soap then dip in vinegar before putting into another darker dye. Even a quick "etch" in 10% vinegar or safe etch, will take the red off and get the shell ready to be dyed again.

    Glowing Hearts Red represents happiness, hope, passion & of course love.

    Heard during the Canadian national anthem, our "glowing hearts" are representative of our passion for our country and our strong Canadian spirit. The emotion and spirit of our national anthem has been embodied in our Glowing Hearts eggshell pysanka dye.

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  • #04 Orca Black Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Orca Black is often the last and final colour used on a pysanka designed eggshell. It allows all the other colours to "pop" and bring brilliance to your pysanka. It’s also beautiful as a one colour pysanka. Have fun using Orca Black.

    Orca Black Info: Canada's environmental laws don't allow Acid Black 1 powder dye (often used in pysanka dyes) to be used in our Canadian dye. Our water treatment plants cannot process the dye and so it makes it's way into our streams and waterways. Because of this, our Orca Black has a mixture of different black powder dyes that are easier on the environment.

    Orca Black Tip: Sometimes Orca Black needs a little help to cover strong and powerful. An egggshell either needs patience with a 20-25 minute dip, or a wash back of all previous colours before going into Orca Black. This can be achieved with soap and water or with a quick etch with ZEP toilet bowl cleaner or Safe Etch. Once all the previous dye colours are washed away, roll your egg in a vinegar bath (1/2 cup vinegar - 1/2 cup water) or straight vinegar for 30 seconds to prepare the eggshell to accept the Orca Black dye. Now your eggshell will take less than a 5 minute dip with a glorious velvet like coverage. 

    Black Represents: darkest time before dawn, eternity, respect for the dead and fear or ignorance.

    The Orca is one of the most menacing sea creatures in the Arctic Ocean and northern Pacific Ocean, and their apex predator status earns them the title of Killer Whale. Interestingly enough, Orcas are actually a type of dolphin, rather than whales, and it is actually the largest species of dolphin. To celebrate the orcas, we named our black after the most elegant and fearsome creature of the arctic.

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  • #05 Okanagan Wine Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Okanagan Wine is a stunning dark, rich red that works very well on a Pysanka egg design. Okanagan Wine works nicely as a darker red on your pysanka.  Borealis Green or Sweetgrass would be a nice complementary colour on any pysanka design. 

    Being in the Red family, Okanagan Wine represents life, love, passion and hope.

    The Okanagan Valley, located in the interior of British Columbia, is known for the wonderful wine they produce. The deep and powerful colour of their red wines has been encompassed in our Okanagan Wine pysanky dye. The bunches of wine grapes trailing on our dye envelopes will trick you into wanting to drink what's in this package but remember... it's not edible Okanagan Wine. ;) 

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  • #06 Niagara Blue Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Niagara Blue Eggshell Dye is our original Blue dye that has proven to be a strong blue for all your pysanky creations.  Because this pysanka dye colour has lasted the test of time, we gave it the new Canadian name of Niagara Blue.

    The colour blue represents the air and sky as well as good health. 

    The mighty Niagara Falls are one of Canada’s greatest natural achievements, artistically dividing Canada from the United States. Our Niagara Blue dye is our original blue dye from a dye recipe over 35 years old.  We think it contains the essence of this breathtaking beauty, taken directly from the relentlessly forceful falls themselves.

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  • #07 Cream Soda Pink Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Please note that when mixing, Cream Soda Pink DOES NOT use white vinegar.

    Cream Soda Pink is vibrant and powerful which is a surprise because it doesn't take vinegar to make it adhere to an eggshell. It goes against the grain of Pysanky artists to trust that the dye will work without vinegar but it does... and the colour is beyond beautiful. It's definitely worth a try.  

    Pink is a colour that represents youthful innocence, success, romance, calm and contentment.

    When Canadians think back to their childhoods, chances are there is a memory of soda in there somewhere. When it comes to Cream Soda, pink colouring and labelling is a uniquely Canadian concept, (it's clear everywhere else) and what better represents our youth and Canadian culture than the fun of pink Cream Soda.

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  • #08 Laurentian Green Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Laurentian Green is very similar to a Christmas Green.

    Laurentian Green Tip: This dye is best to paint on with a brush or a Qtip... it can be dipped if used as a last colour or if it's dipped to cover large areas, a wash back to white with ivory soap and then a quick dip in 10% vinegar will allow another colour to cover.

    Green often plays a small part in a pysanka's overall colour scheme but in some areas of Ukraine takes centre stage on the egg. Laurentian Green represents many things like spring, hope, freshness and renewal. It's also about health and recovery.

    The Laurentian Forest is a beautiful landscape full of life and colour that connects the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River together. Our Laurentian Green dye captures the elegant liveliness found throughout this magnificent city of trees.

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  • #09 Crown Purple Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Crown Purple eggshell dye is a strong stunning dye colour that is best used as a last colour dip for your pysanka design. Glacier Turquoise, Borealis Green or Sweetgrass as well as Yukon Gold or Tofino Sunset would all look wonderful beside Crown Purple. 

    Crown Purple Tip: This dye is strong and beautiful and best to paint on with a brush or a Qtip... it can be dipped if used as a last colour or if it's dipped to cover large areas, a wash back to white with ivory soap and then a quick dip in 10% vinegar will allow another colour to cover.

    Crown Purple represents royalty, luxury, & ambition but also peace, devotion, trust and faith.

    Throughout the history of Canada, and even beforehand, Britain has been a major part of our country’s heritage. In honour of one of the two countries that helped create the Canada we know and love, our Crown Purple dye concentrates the elegance and majesty of the monarchy into one powerful hue.

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  • #1 - demo 1 - Mar'yana Svarnyk - Thursday June 11, 7:30pm-8:30pm - Ancient Swirles & the Great Mother
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    Ancient Swirls and the Great Mother
    By Mar’yana Svarnyk
     

    Some of the most archaic looking patterns of traditional Ukrainian Pysanky, especially, but not exclusively from Podillya, are the ones where the fluid seemingly plant-based swirls and leaves often combined into S-shaped ornaments are said to symbolize the Great Goddess or the Primordial Mother.

    Most of these have the dark or black background, less frequently red. The main ornament is usually done in white with some additional decorations in yellow, and red. There are very few traditional samples with white background.

    We will look through several different versions of these patterns, take them apart and see how to place them on the egg.

    Bring your own egg and pencil. You will be able to sketch out the design of your choice on the egg to be completed later.

    Fee: $10

    About Mar'yana:

    Mar'yana Svarnyk was born and grew up in Ukraine, learned how to make common as well as drop-pull pysanky from her grandmother in the 1980s. Currently lives in Regina, SK, and is particularly interested in traditional pysanky patters, as well as in the use of natural dyes on eggs. 
    Has experimented, and continues to do so with both the traditionally used high quality natural dyes (dried and essences) and with the locally available fresh plants. Is very much fascinated by the history of dyes and their use and significance in different historic periods and different locations around the world. 
    In spare time is working on completing the PhD in the overlap of German philosophy and Canadian art, volunteers conducting free meditation classes and workshops, and is learning to play Indian classical music on the bamboo flute.

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  • #10 - demo 1 - Mar'yana Svarnyk - Natural Dyes: The Vibrant Reds - Saturday June 13, 9:30am-10:30pm
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    Natural Dyes: The Vibrant Reds

    By Mar’yana Svarnyk

    In this demo you will learn about the three main natural sources of lasting red color: madder, sappan wood, and cochineal.

    Each will be introduced with some of the historical background, you will be able to see/touch/smell these dyestuffs, learn about the different forms they come in, and also where to buy them.

    You will see the eggs that have been dyed with these dyes and will be able to compare the different shades achieved.

    There will be a handout containing a tested recipe for each dye.

    This is a seminar-style demo, not a hands-on workshop, the actual prepared dyes will not be available.

    Fee: $10

    About Mar'yana:

    Mar'yana Svarnyk was born and grew up in Ukraine, learned how to make common as well as drop-pull pysanky from her grandmother in the 1980s. Currently lives in Regina, SK, and is particularly interested in traditional pysanky patters, as well as in the use of natural dyes on eggs. 

    Has experimented, and continues to do so with both the traditionally used high quality natural dyes (dried and essences) and with the locally available fresh plants. Is very much fascinated by the history of dyes and their use and significance in different historic periods and different locations around the world. 

    In spare time is working on completing the PhD in the overlap of German philosophy and Canadian art, volunteers conducting free meditation classes and workshops, and is learning to play Indian classical music on the bamboo flute.

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  • #10 Glacier Turquoise Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Glacier Turquoise is a fabulous eggshell dye colour worth using. This is one of my favourite dye colours and I often use this as a one colour pysanka but the coolness of this colour would also look great with Canola Yellow, Okanagan Wine and Viking Violet to name just a few. 

    Glacier Turquoise represents calm, refreshness, communication, clarity, balance and loyalty.

    The great white north is known for its stark tundras and immense glaciers. The water that melts from these glaciers is cold, crisp and breathtakingly beautiful. The Glacier Turquoise Eggshell Pysanka dye embodies the majesty of the north’s majestic ice mountains.

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  • #11 - demo 1 - Mar'yana Svarnyk - Natural Dyes: The Shades of Yellow - Friday June 12, 2:30pm-3:30pm
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    Natural Dyes: The Shades of Yellow

    By Mar’yana Svarnyk

     In this demo I will introduce some of my favorite sources of natural yellow. I will choose three out of these four: the canary-yellow of elderflower, the intense Chinese yellow of gardenia, the orange- gold of coreopsis, or the brownish yellow of buckthorn.

     You will see the dyestuffs themselves as well as the eggs that have been dyed with these dyes and will be able to compare the different shades achieved, including, where applicable, with different mordants.

    There will be a handout containing a tested recipe for each dye.

    This is a seminar-style demo, not a hands-on workshop, the actual prepared dyes will not be available.

     Fee: $10

    About Mar'yana:

    Mar'yana Svarnyk was born and grew up in Ukraine, learned how to make common as well as drop-pull pysanky from her grandmother in the 1980s. Currently lives in Regina, SK, and is particularly interested in traditional pysanky patters, as well as in the use of natural dyes on eggs. 

    Has experimented, and continues to do so with both the traditionally used high quality natural dyes (dried and essences) and with the locally available fresh plants. Is very much fascinated by the history of dyes and their use and significance in different historic periods and different locations around the world. 

    In spare time is working on completing the PhD in the overlap of German philosophy and Canadian art, volunteers conducting free meditation classes and workshops, and is learning to play Indian classical music on the bamboo flute.

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  • #11 Magenta Fireweed Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    This strong vibrant dark pink works wonderful in a border or for flower designs on your pysanky. Magenta is the complementary color of green. These two colors have the highest contrast and the greatest harmony, which means they would work well on a pysanka design if you are looking for contrast.

    The colour Magenta Fireweed represents harmony and balance along with universal love, compassion, kindness & contentment.

    Fireweed, the provincial flower of Yukon, is named because of its ability to quickly regrow after a fire. It’s stunning colours perfectly capture the beauty of our Magenta Fireweed Eggshell Pysanky Dye. One fun fact about the colour Magenta, is that it was the first synthetic aniline dye made in 1856 and patented in 1859. Magenta began the aniline dye revolution with many dye colours stemming from this one colour. Today you'll also know that Magenta is one of the three colours used in ink printing.  

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  • #12 - Demo 1: Jordan Byrd - Ostrich and Rhea Pysanky - Go Big and Go Bold - Saturday June 13, 9:30am-10:30am
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    Ostrich and Rhea Pysanky – Go Big and Go Bold

    Jordan Byrd

    Learn how to tackle the larger of the egg varieties. In this demo we will discuss everything Ostrich and Rhea some of the highlights include…

    • How to choose a Ostrich or Rhea egg
    • How to prep the shell and your options
    • How to mark and divide such a large egg for your chosen divisions
    • Dye colors and troubleshooting when things don’t go as planned
    • Etching large eggs and your acid options
    • Display stands


    Please note this is a discussion/demo. Handouts will be provided and although this is not a formal workshop, please feel free to bring your large egg, I will stick around after the workshop to help you get started and answer any specific questions to the design you have in mind or have chosen.

    $10 CAD Per Person


    About me:
    Hi! I’m Jordan, mom to a lively 6 year old and creator and maker behind Inside the Byrds Nest. when I am not creating new eggshell jewelry or display eggs for my next show, you can find me baking, reading, dancing to the same song on repeat, or sneaking off to my studio to work on my next design.

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  • #12 - Demo 2: Jordan Byrd - Ostrich and Rhea Pysanky - Go Big and Go Bold - Saturday June 13, 11:30am-12:30pm
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    Ostrich and Rhea Pysanky – Go Big and Go Bold

    Jordan Byrd

    Learn how to tackle the larger of the egg varieties. In this demo we will discuss everything Ostrich and Rhea some of the highlights include…

    • How to choose a Ostrich or Rhea egg
    • How to prep the shell and your options
    • How to mark and divide such a large egg for your chosen divisions
    • Dye colors and troubleshooting when things don’t go as planned
    • Etching large eggs and your acid options
    • Display stands


    Please note this is a discussion/demo. Handouts will be provided and although this is not a formal workshop, please feel free to bring your large egg, I will stick around after the workshop to help you get started and answer any specific questions to the design you have in mind or have chosen.

    $10 CAD Per Person


    About me:
    Hi! I’m Jordan, mom to a lively 6 year old and creator and maker behind Inside the Byrds Nest. when I am not creating new eggshell jewelry or display eggs for my next show, you can find me baking, reading, dancing to the same song on repeat, or sneaking off to my studio to work on my next design.

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  • #12 Beaver Brown Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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    Beaver Brown is a neutral natural colour that is a must for trypillian designed pysanky. On a white or brown egg, Beaver Brown and Orca Black are wonderful combinations that's perfect for a trypillian pysanka. However, Beaver Brown doesn't get the attention it deserves. This is a colour that works for trypillian pysanky but is also a perfect complement to any of our pysanka dye colours. Try it, you'll love the look!

    Beaver Brown represents earth, harvest, wholesomeness, reliability, home, grounding, foundations, stability, warmth, and honesty. 

    Featured on the standard nickel of Canada, the beaver is an important Canadian symbol, as well as a part of our history. One of the reasons Canada exists today is because the beaver was hunted for the fur trade, causing North American settlement as a whole. Beavers are also known as the builders of nature, making them representative of Canada as a peacemaking and peacekeeping nation.

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  • #13 - Demo 1: Theresa Somerset -
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     “Penguin Ornaments” and Shading

    Theresa Somerset

    Penguin ornament: Theresa will show how to draw a penguin body starting with simple shapes, and adding what makes each species distinct, with a little bit of personality.

    Once our group understands the design motif, Theresa will show how to move that motif around through various egg divisions, creating a cohesive series. Then she’ll show how to shade and highlight snowy or icy landscape and do light shading on penguin body. Students will practice shading and highlighting snow on their own dyed egg.

     Homework for students will be to ”waddle” to their tables after demonstration and work up a sketch for an egg using a division that they are randomly given by instructor! (Grab bag style!) (Ha!)

    1. Instructor will provide: Pattern sheet and graph paper for drawing different penguins, and some brushes and shading tools, and painting trays.
    2. Student is asked to bring mechanical pencil for drawing and note taking, some cotton swabs/ makeup applicators and a dyed chicken egg (the lightest blue or aqua you can find!).
    3. cost: is $10 CAD per person.
    4. Minimum number of participants is 4. Maximum for demo is 10.


    About Theresa Somerset

    A graduate of Castleton State University with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Theresa is a Signature Member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, paints in acrylics, oils, mixed water media and builds assemblages. She has won a number of awards, as well as participated in juried shows. She is perhaps best known for the intricate Ukrainian/Batik Art Eggs that she decorates, and also incorporates into her still-life paintings.

    Theresa is currently a member of the International Egg Art Guild, The Ohio Egg Artist Guild, and the World Egg Artist Association, among other egg decorating organizations and has written for and has been featured in the “Linda Martin Egg Designs- Art of the Eggshell” publication, as well as “The Hatchery” egg decorating magazine. She has collaborated with the children’s Authors John and Jennifer Churchman on “The Easter Surprise” showcasing her egg art within the story. She has also collaborated with Food Author Carolyn Tillie and her egg art can be found in “A Feast for the Eyes- Edible Art from Apples to Zucchini”.

    Theresa is currently represented by four juried Vermont Galleries and her work is shown all year round. She is an instructor for the Pysanky USA Retreat in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and an attendee at the Pysanky Toronto Retreat, and has attended Pysanky in the Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She also teaches through her own studio in Essex Jct., Vermont. For more information, you may visit her website: www.precisionartstudio.com

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    • #13 - Demo 2: Theresa Somerset -
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       “Penguin Ornaments” and Shading

      Theresa Somerset

      Penguin ornament: Theresa will show how to draw a penguin body starting with simple shapes, and adding what makes each species distinct, with a little bit of personality.

      Once our group understands the design motif, Theresa will show how to move that motif around through various egg divisions, creating a cohesive series. Then she’ll show how to shade and highlight snowy or icy landscape and do light shading on penguin body. Students will practice shading and highlighting snow on their own dyed egg.

       Homework for students will be to ”waddle” to their tables after demonstration and work up a sketch for an egg using a division that they are randomly given by instructor! (Grab bag style!) (Ha!)

      1. Instructor will provide: Pattern sheet and graph paper for drawing different penguins, and some brushes and shading tools, and painting trays.
      2. Student is asked to bring mechanical pencil for drawing and note taking, some cotton swabs/ makeup applicators and a dyed chicken egg (the lightest blue or aqua you can find!).
      3. cost: is $10 CAD per person.
      4. Minimum number of participants is 4. Maximum for demo is 10.


      About Theresa Somerset

      A graduate of Castleton State University with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Theresa is a Signature Member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, paints in acrylics, oils, mixed water media and builds assemblages. She has won a number of awards, as well as participated in juried shows. She is perhaps best known for the intricate Ukrainian/Batik Art Eggs that she decorates, and also incorporates into her still-life paintings.

      Theresa is currently a member of the International Egg Art Guild, The Ohio Egg Artist Guild, and the World Egg Artist Association, among other egg decorating organizations and has written for and has been featured in the “Linda Martin Egg Designs- Art of the Eggshell” publication, as well as “The Hatchery” egg decorating magazine. She has collaborated with the children’s Authors John and Jennifer Churchman on “The Easter Surprise” showcasing her egg art within the story. She has also collaborated with Food Author Carolyn Tillie and her egg art can be found in “A Feast for the Eyes- Edible Art from Apples to Zucchini”.

      Theresa is currently represented by four juried Vermont Galleries and her work is shown all year round. She is an instructor for the Pysanky USA Retreat in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and an attendee at the Pysanky Toronto Retreat, and has attended Pysanky in the Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She also teaches through her own studio in Essex Jct., Vermont. For more information, you may visit her website: www.precisionartstudio.com

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      • #13 Yukon Gold Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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        Yukon Gold is a great first colour for your pysanka. It's a richer yellow than Canola Yellow and brings a true depth to your pysanky designs. Though it isn't a true gold, it looks like it has specks of gold in the dye bath. This dye tends to need a new mix every year but at $1.50 a package it's worth it's weight in gold. ;)

        The colour of Yukon Gold represents illumination, wisdom and spirituality as well as success, achievement, courage, and passion.

        In days of old, the Canadian world went wild for an incredible discovery in the Yukon. When a gold nugget was found in the Klondike River in 1896, prospectors from across the nation travelled to the Yukon in search of fortune. We have commemorated one of the greatest economically-charged migration in Canadian history by making the colour sought out by the brave and bold available to all.

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      • #14 - Demo 1: Jennifer E Kwong - Pentagon Division & Fillers - Saturday June 13, 11:30am-12:30pm
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        Pentagon Division and Fillers

        Jennifer E Kwong

        In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn:

        • divide an egg into twelve pentagons
        • tips for developping your own pentagon-shaped filler motifs

         Bring: a chicken egg (the rounder the better), mechanical pencil, blue pencil (optional) and a beanbag/work surface.

        A template and notes will be provided as a handout.

        cost: $10 CAD per person max/min: 10 participants required

         

         About me:
        I’m a graphic desginer and illustrator and creator of
        Happy Egging. Besides egging, I love cats, walking, ukulele, inkle weaving, cooking for friends, laughing, and true crime podcasts. I’m also working on my first egging book, to be released in Fall 2020.
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      • #14 - Demo 2: Jennifer E Kwong - Pentagon Division & Fillers - Saturday June 13, 2:30pm-3:30pm
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        Pentagon Division and Fillers

        Jennifer E Kwong

        In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn:

        • divide an egg into twelve pentagons
        • tips for developping your own pentagon-shaped filler motifs

         Bring: a chicken egg (the rounder the better), mechanical pencil, blue pencil (optional) and a beanbag/work surface.

        A template and notes will be provided as a handout.

        cost: $10 CAD per person max/min: 10 participants required

         

         About me:
        I’m a graphic desginer and illustrator and creator of
        Happy Egging. Besides egging, I love cats, walking, ukulele, inkle weaving, cooking for friends, laughing, and true crime podcasts. I’m also working on my first egging book, to be released in Fall 2020.
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      • #14 - Demo 3: Jennifer E Kwong - Pentagon Division & Fillers - Saturday June 13, 4:00pm-5:00pm
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        Pentagon Division and Fillers

        Jennifer E Kwong

        In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn:

        • divide an egg into twelve pentagons
        • tips for developping your own pentagon-shaped filler motifs

         Bring: a chicken egg (the rounder the better), mechanical pencil, blue pencil (optional) and a beanbag/work surface.

        A template and notes will be provided as a handout.

        cost: $10 CAD per person max/min: 10 participants required

         

         About me:
        I’m a graphic desginer and illustrator and creator of
        Happy Egging. Besides egging, I love cats, walking, ukulele, inkle weaving, cooking for friends, laughing, and true crime podcasts. I’m also working on my first egging book, to be released in Fall 2020.
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      • #14 Huron Blue Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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        Huron Blue is a new darker blue eggshell dye just introduced to Ukrainian EggCessories.  It can give you variations of blue depending on the length of your dye dip. Give it a quick dip for a lighter blue or leave it in for a deep rich last colour.

        Huron Blue Tip: This blue will eventually loose some of it's dark colour. Some pysanka enthusiasts will plan ahead to dye all their eggs at the same time with a fresh batch of Huron Blue Dye.  

        The colour Huron Blue is a dark blue that represents the sky and sea as well as depth & stability. It often symbolizes trust, loyalty, confidence, and truth.

        Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes that border Canada and the United States, is known for having the largest shoreline of all the Lakes. It's named after the Huron indigenous people, also known as the Huron-Wendat nation. The Huron Blue dye expertly captures the depth, intelligence and survival of the Wendat nation. A nation of many tribes who lived on these lands hundreds of years before Europeans found the deep blue clear waters of the Great Lakes. Huron Blue also gives honour to the Huron-Wendat women who loved working with colourful beads as well as used pigments from the local plants to decorate their clothing. 

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      • #15 - Demo 1: Karen Hanlon - Perfect Divisions and Grids using Grid Sheets - Thursday June 11, 7:30pm-8:30pm
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        Perfect Divisions and Grids using Grid Sheets

        By Karen Hanlon


        Do you dislike having to do math to figure out the exact spacing of the divisions on your egg? This demo shows a quick and simple method to get perfect divisions every time!

        This demo will show
        • The use of the grid-strips sheet and quilling paper (both of which will be provided) to divide eggs into any number of perfectly even segments
        • How to easily divide your band into as many sections as you wish without math
        • How to make sure your repeating pattern will meet with no space left over
        • How to make a perfectly even grid in any size, and how to adjust grids for the shape of the egg
        • How to grid for a repeating pattern of any number of squares in horizontal or vertical bands, or on the face of the egg.
        • How to plan a grid to fit a cross-stitch pattern of your choice in wax, dye or scratch techniques.
        This is a hands-on demo. You will need to bring eggs (of any type) to practice on, and a fine-point pencil.


        Cost: $5 CAD
        no minimum or maximum participation
        About Me:
        I have been writing pysanky for 28 years, and it is a source of great joy and peace for me. I work full-time at a small Catholic college, and am the mother of 4 grown children and 2 darling grandchildren with one more on the way.
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        • #15 - Demo 2: Karen Hanlon - Perfect Divisions and Grids using Grid Sheets - Saturday June 13, 4:00pm-5:00pm
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          Perfect Divisions and Grids using Grid Sheets

          By Karen Hanlon


           Do you dislike having to do math to figure out the exact spacing of the divisions on your egg? This demo shows a quick and simple method to get perfect divisions every time!

          This demo will show
          • The use of the grid-strips sheet and quilling paper (both of which will be provided) to divide eggs into any number of perfectly even segments
          • How to easily divide your band into as many sections as you wish without math
          • How to make sure your repeating pattern will meet with no space left over
          • How to make a perfectly even grid in any size, and how to adjust grids for the shape of the egg
          • How to grid for a repeating pattern of any number of squares in horizontal or vertical bands, or on the face of the egg.
          • How to plan a grid to fit a cross-stitch pattern of your choice in wax, dye or scratch techniques.
          This is a hands-on demo. You will need to bring eggs (of any type) to practice on, and a fine-point pencil.


          Cost: $5 CAD
          no minimum or maximum participation
          About Me:
          I have been writing pysanky for 28 years, and it is a source of great joy and peace for me. I work full-time at a small Catholic college, and am the mother of 4 grown children and 2 darling grandchildren with one more on the way.
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          • #15 Kalyna Red Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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            Introducing Eggshell Pysanka Dye #15 Kalyna Red. This is a brand new true red pysanka dye.  It's glorious and fun to use.  It covers fast and strong with a very rich red colour. Play around and have fun. Kalyna Red is a perfect colour to follow Canola Yellow and Tofino Sunset in a traditional pysanka design.

            Kalyna Red Tip: Sometimes covers too strong and will not let another colour cover it. If this is the case, wash back with ivory dish soap (or other dish soap), dip back in a vinegar bath to prepare the eggshell to take another dye and then dye again. 

            Kalyna Red represents happiness, hope, joy & fun. Of course being a true rich red, it also symbolizes love and passion and now in the Christian era it often represents the blood of Christ and his passion. This is why most Easter Baskets have at least one red pysanka in the basket to be blessed. 

            Symbolic of beauty and family, among other things, Kalyna is an ethnic and national symbol of Ukraine. The Kalyna berries are known for their gloriously red hue. Our Kalyna Red dye replicates the bold vibrance of this pure red colour.

            Kalyna is very special to all Ukrainians and why here in Canada and in other places around the globe, you find dance groups, Ukrainian stores and groups called Kalyna! Ukrainians carried their heritage here to Canada and so today, we honour all who brought their culture and especially this art form of Pysanky to share with us and the rest of the world!! Enjoy using Kalyna Red Eggshell dye to create beautiful pysanky.

             

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          • #16 Demo 1 - Mark E Malachowski - Primary Color Dyes with a Twist - Sunday June 14 - 9:30am-10:30am
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            Primary color dyes with a twist 

            Mark E Malachowski

            In this demo I will share:

            • How to blend one primary color dye into another to create a secondary color mixture.
            • How to blend or create a gradient of colors – a transition from one color to another.
            • How to use vinegar to blend and fade one color dye on the egg 
            • How to lighten one dyed area with vinegar creating a transition of color from dark to light.
            • Participants in this demo will be encouraged to challenge themselves and experiment with this approach (a twist to the more traditional dyeing method) and to practice these dyeing, blending techniques on their own using only the primary color dyes.


            Cost: $10 CAD per person
            10 participants 


            About me:
            I am an artist and consider myself a painter but, like to explore and experiment with other mediums.  I have been designing my batik eggs since 2002 and been hosting weekend Batik Egg Workshops in Cleveland for many years.  Recently I’ve taken my workshops on the road with a couple “Pop Up Batik Egg Workshops”. 

            In October 2020 I will be hosting along with Linda Hupert the first annual “Pysanky On The River” batik egg event in Cleveland, Ohio.  


             

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          • #16 Demo 2 - Mark E Malachowski - Primary Color Dyes with a Twist - Sunday June 14 - 11:00am-12:00am
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            Primary color dyes with a twist 

            Mark E Malachowski

            In this demo I will share:

            • How to blend one primary color dye into another to create a secondary color mixture.
            • How to blend or create a gradient of colors – a transition from one color to another.
            • How to use vinegar to blend and fade one color dye on the egg 
            • How to lighten one dyed area with vinegar creating a transition of color from dark to light.
            • Participants in this demo will be encouraged to challenge themselves and experiment with this approach (a twist to the more traditional dyeing method) and to practice these dyeing, blending techniques on their own using only the primary color dyes.


            Cost: $10 CAD per person
            10 participants 


            About me:
            I am an artist and consider myself a painter but, like to explore and experiment with other mediums.  I have been designing my batik eggs since 2002 and been hosting weekend Batik Egg Workshops in Cleveland for many years.  Recently I’ve taken my workshops on the road with a couple “Pop Up Batik Egg Workshops”. 

            In October 2020 I will be hosting along with Linda Hupert the first annual “Pysanky On The River” batik egg event in Cleveland, Ohio.  


             

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          • #16 Sweetgrass Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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            Sweetgrass Eggshell dye is our name given to Prochem Chartreuse. So many customers loved the colour and asked me to bring it in... so I did. :)

            The colour chartreuse is halfway between yellow and green and is a perky colour but its warmth is toned down by the bits of green. This is a fun colour to use with borders & leaves and goes amazingly well with Crown Purple, Monarch Orange, Okanagan Wine, some of our richer dye colours and yet can stand alone with Orca Black in a stunning two colour pysanka.  

            The colour Chartreuse reassuring and refreshing and represents new life, growth, health and restful healing.  

            One of the four sacred herbs of the First Nations peoples, sweetgrass is known to have a sweet vanilla scent. The Sweetgrass dye takes the beauty of sweetgrass and transfers its pleasantry into vibrant colour.

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          • #17 - Demo 1: Nadia Gennings - Saddlebags Division & 12 Pointed Star - Thursday June 11, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
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             SADDLEBAGS DIVISION AND 12 POINTED STAR

            By Nadia Gennings

            -in this demo I will show how to get the saddlebags division on a pysanky

            -and easy way to remember how to do it also

            -also I will show how to do the 12 diamond division

            -I will show how to do the basic divisions and then show how easy is to make variations of this division

            -notes will be provided

            -it will be a demo/participatory by attendees. I think the participants should be able to get their own eggs divided to finish at their leisure


            max of 12 participant

            $10 CAD per participant

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          • #17 - Demo 2: Nadia Gennings - Saddlebags Division & 12 Pointed Star - Thursday June 11, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
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             SADDLEBAGS DIVISION AND 12 POINTED STAR

            By Nadia Gennings

            -in this demo I will show how to get the saddlebags division on a pysanky

            -and easy way to remember how to do it also

            -also I will show how to do the 12 diamond division

            -I will show how to do the basic divisions and then show how easy is to make variations of this division

            -notes will be provided

            -it will be a demo/participatory by attendees. I think the participants should be able to get their own eggs divided to finish at their leisure


            max of 12 participant

            $10 CAD per participant

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          • #17 - Demo 3: Nadia Gennings - Saddlebags Division & 12 Pointed Star - Friday June 12, 9:30am - 10:30am
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             SADDLEBAGS DIVISION AND 12 POINTED STAR

            By Nadia Gennings

            -in this demo I will show how to get the saddlebags division on a pysanky

            -and easy way to remember how to do it also

            -also I will show how to do the 12 diamond division

            -I will show how to do the basic divisions and then show how easy is to make variations of this division

            -notes will be provided

            -it will be a demo/participatory by attendees. I think the participants should be able to get their own eggs divided to finish at their leisure


            max of 12 participant

            $10 CAD per participant

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          • #17 - Demo 4: Nadia Gennings - Saddlebags Division & 12 Pointed Star - Sunday June 14, 9:30am - 10:30am
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             SADDLEBAGS DIVISION AND 12 POINTED STAR

            By Nadia Gennings

            -in this demo I will show how to get the saddlebags division on a pysanky

            -and easy way to remember how to do it also

            -also I will show how to do the 12 diamond division

            -I will show how to do the basic divisions and then show how easy is to make variations of this division

            -notes will be provided

            -it will be a demo/participatory by attendees. I think the participants should be able to get their own eggs divided to finish at their leisure


            max of 12 participant

            $10 CAD per participant

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          • #17 Sacred Amaranth Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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            Sacred Amaranth is a strong "dusty wine rose" colour pysanka dye that will give you different variations of the colour depending on what colour you have underneath. This is a food based dye, not an aniline dye however it is still powerfully beautiful in its own right with great light fastness. Use Sacred Amaranth along with Borealis Green, Canola Yellow and Orca Black for a stunning colour combination.

            The colour Sacred Amaranth represents being majestic, insightful, determined and immortal. It also means having a long standing desire along and unfading eternal beauty.

            The sacred seed of the Aztecs, also grows throughout Canada and the USA! The Amaranth seed is known for its healthy properties as an ancient grain, and its gorgeous earthy red colour of the flowers has been used as a natural dye. Keep an eye out for Amaranth grains in your local health food store as they're gaining a reputation for being a whole food. Google the Amaranth Seed for its nutritional value. This grain has been around for as long as the art of pysanka and our Sacred Amaranth dye gathered from the stunning Amaranth flower focuses its brilliance into the dusty red hue we give to you.

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          • #18 - Demo 1: Basia Andrusko - Secrets to Writing of Lemko Pysanky - Friday June 12, 11:00am-12:00pm
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            Secrets to Successful Writing Lemko Pysanky
            by Basia Andrusko


            Secrets to Successful Writing Lemko Pysanky In this demo, I will share:
            + what are “Lemko” or “Drop Pull” Pysanky

            + charactereistics of several varieties – we will focus on the Lemko Pysanka, (wax off )

            + design ideas & color ideas to make this style Pysanka balanced and pleasing

            + tools and supplies that I use

            + factors that affect line shape, size and uniformity of the dots and commas

            This will be a hands-on class. I will provide tools and materials for students to try some of the tips discussed. Notes will be provided as a handout.

            Cost:$10 CAD per person
            I will provide all that you need, including 1 practice egg  I will have some writing tools and wax warmers (or a kit) available for sale, if desired.

            Min 5 - Max 10 students per class


            About me:

            I am a pharmacist by profession, but my soul is fed by writing Pysanky. This is a tradition learned growing up in a Ukrainian Lemko family, where Pysanky were written each year at Eastertime. Once my two wonderful sons were grown and on their own, pysankarstvo blossomed to a year-round passion for me. Learning how to make Pysanka Jewelry several years ago has taken me to another level. I live in Yardley PA, USA, with my husband Emil and 2 cats Zena (my furry supervisor) and Zoe.


            We love to travel, and enjoy friends, food and wine. I am very excited to be a part of the Pysanka tour to Ukraine in April 2020.

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          • #18 - Demo 2: Basia Andrusko - Secrets to Writing of Lemko Pysanky - Friday June 12, 2:30pm-3:30pm
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            Secrets to Successful Writing Lemko Pysanky
            by Basia Andrusko


            Secrets to Successful Writing Lemko Pysanky In this demo, I will share:
            + what are “Lemko” or “Drop Pull” Pysanky

            + charactereistics of several varieties – we will focus on the Lemko Pysanka, (wax off )

            + design ideas & color ideas to make this style Pysanka balanced and pleasing

            + tools and supplies that I use

            + factors that affect line shape, size and uniformity of the dots and commas

            This will be a hands-on class. I will provide tools and materials for students to try some of the tips discussed. Notes will be provided as a handout.

            Cost:$10 CAD per person
            I will provide all that you need, including 1 practice egg  I will have some writing tools and wax warmers (or a kit) available for sale, if desired.

            Min 5 - Max 10 students per class


            About me:

            I am a pharmacist by profession, but my soul is fed by writing Pysanky. This is a tradition learned growing up in a Ukrainian Lemko family, where Pysanky were written each year at Eastertime. Once my two wonderful sons were grown and on their own, pysankarstvo blossomed to a year-round passion for me. Learning how to make Pysanka Jewelry several years ago has taken me to another level. I live in Yardley PA, USA, with my husband Emil and 2 cats Zena (my furry supervisor) and Zoe.


            We love to travel, and enjoy friends, food and wine. I am very excited to be a part of the Pysanka tour to Ukraine in April 2020.

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          • #18 Borealis Green Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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            Borealis Green is a bright Lime Green pysanka eggshell dye that would work well as a colour used in the beginning of your dye process.  It's a wonderful colour to use as a true Easter colour and goes very well with Canola Yellow, Tofino Sunset, Cream Soda Pink, Sacred Amaranth and Glowing Hearts. 

            Borealis Green is very similar to our Sweetgrass but has more of a brighter yellow hue to it where Sweetgrass has more of a warmth to it. However, since both of these colours are so similar, eventually one will be dropped from our line. 

            Borealis Green represents new growth, freshness, love of life and healthy perception.

            The aurora borealis is a uniquely arctic experience, beautifully waving across the northern sky. The Borealis Green dye captures the wonderful hue of Canada’s very own northern lights.

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          • #19 - Demo 1: Jennifer E Kwong - Stained Glass Technique - Friday June 12, 2:30pm-3:30pm
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            Stained Glass Technique

            Jennifer E Kwong


            In this demo, I will share:

            • Design characteristics of real stained glass, and how to design in this “style” so it looks “right”
            • The tools I use for this technique
            • A description of each step from start to finish
            • How to get saturated colours on etched areas
            • How to get variation of hues with minimal effort

            Please note this is a demo/discussion and not a hands-on workshop. Notes will be provided as a handout.

             cost: $10 CAD per person 10 participants required
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          • #19 - Demo 2: Jennifer E Kwong - Stained Glass Technique - Friday June 12, 6:30pm-7:30pm
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            Stained Glass Technique

            Jennifer E Kwong


            In this demo, I will share:

            • Design characteristics of real stained glass, and how to design in this “style” so it looks “right”
            • The tools I use for this technique
            • A description of each step from start to finish
            • How to get saturated colours on etched areas
            • How to get variation of hues with minimal effort

            Please note this is a demo/discussion and not a hands-on workshop. Notes will be provided as a handout.

             cost: $10 CAD per person 10 participants required
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          • #19 Monarch Orange Eggshell Pysanka Dye
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            This new “Monarch Orange” was a request of a customer to make a darker orange dye. Use this eggshell dye for any Halloween jack-o-lantern pysanky, butterfly designs as well as providing a beautiful orange to any pysanka design you make.

            Monarch Orange represents: endurance, strength, ambition, change, hope and life.

            The Monarch Butterfly is known for its migration from Mexico to the southern areas of Canada... so when we see one in Canada, we celebrate with joy and tell everyone we know! In Canada, their natural habitat includes southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. The Monarch butterfly like most butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. This strength of hope and life come through with our Monarch Orange eggshell pysanka dye.

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          • #2 - Demo 1: Natalie K Kit - Colour's Role in Pysanky - Thursday June 11, 2:30pm-3:30pm
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            Colour’s Role in Pysanky

            Natalie K Kit
            Want to learn how to understand the use of colour, the relationships between colours and how their appearance can be affected by their placement and the colour adjacent to it? Then, this is the demo for you. (Suitable for beginners and intermediate levels)
            Some of the highlights will include…
            • Discussion of colour palette samples
            • Discussion of color families and using a color wheel as a starting point and learning tool for those wanting to be more adventurous with color choices.
            • Discussion of several sample pysanky using the same design but varying the treatment. For example, writing the egg on a white chicken shell compared to the same design written on a brown egg, then etched to white and dyed. Then starting with an egg dyed black, for the main wax lines, washed back and dyed normally and similarly on a brown egg shell.

            Please note this is a discussion/demo. I will offer some take away materials by providing several color palettes and 1 or 2 designs that can be used for practice during the course of the retreat.

            Cost: $10 CAD per person 10 person maximum

            About Natalie:

            Writing pysanky is an art and tradition that his been part of me for most of my life and learnt from my mother. Creating a pysanka has never lost that intrinsic sense of magic and mystery; an activity where the motion of writing often provides entry into a creative universe where new ideas and perspectives come to life. Painting, gardening, reading, fermenting, art history and cats also play various roles in this creative process.

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          • #2 - Demo 2: Natalie K. Kit - Colour's Role in Pysanky - Saturday June 13, 2:30pm-3:30pm
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            Colour’s Role in Pysanky
            Natalie Kit

            Want to learn how to understand the use of colour, the relationships between colours and how their appearance can be affected by their placement and the colour adjacent to it? Then, this is the demo for you. (Suitable for beginners and intermediate levels)
            Some of the highlights will include…

            • Discussion of colour palette samples
            • Discussion of color families and using a color wheel as a starting point and learning tool for those wanting to be more adventurous with color choices.
            • Discussion of several sample pysanky using the same design but varying the treatment. For example, writing the egg on a white chicken shell compared to the same design written on a brown egg, then etched to white and dyed. Then starting with an egg dyed black, for the main wax lines, washed back and dyed normally and similarly on a brown egg shell.

            Please note this is a discussion/demo. I will offer some take away materials by providing several color palettes and 1 or 2 designs that can be used for practice during the course of the retreat.

            Cost: $10 CAD per person 10 person maximum

            About Natalie:

            Writing pysanky is an art and tradition that his been part of me for most of my life and learnt from my mother. Creating a pysanka has never lost that intrinsic sense of magic and mystery; an activity where the motion of writing often provides entry into a creative universe where new ideas and perspectives come to life. Painting, gardening, reading, fermenting, art history and cats also play various roles in this creative process.

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