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09. Dancing Girl Pysanka - Gail Lambka - Friday July 19th - 9:30am-11:30am

Enchanted with Ukrainian Dancing Girls? We will be writing a contemporary pysanka with these girls in mind as we wander down the path of the Folk Art Costumes of the Ukrainian Dancing Girls. Along the way we will be able to dress our dancing girl, meander through a field of flowers and come all the way (around the egg) and back again to our lovely girl.

This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced pysankars and involves detailed work on the egg.

Materials Required:

Participants are asked to bring:

  • One turkey egg (a division guide will be provided by the instructor before the class)
  • Your preferred measuring tool (quilling paper, post-it tape, or tape measure)
  • A pencil
  • A medium and fine kistky (if you only have one, that's fine too - we'll make it work)
  • Beeswax

Detailed handouts with instructions will be provided during the class.

Students Per Class: max 20

Join us for this unique opportunity to explore the intricate art of pysankarstvo, inspired by the traditional costumes of Ukrainian Dancing Girls.

About Gail Lambka:

GailLambka is a former Microbiologist and craft enthusiast.  She has been writing pysanka since the age of 8 (taught by her Ukrainian grandmother and mother) and loved this art from the first time she picked up a kistka. Colour driven, this art form has given her many chances to use her love of color and geometry to create new designs. Gail has taught the art of pysanky in her home studio as well as at cultural centers, art centers and adult workshops.  

She also ran the business “Naked Eggs” on Etsy and was the supplier for many crafters, pysankars, educators, museums, photographers, and even Tiffany’s and Martha Stewart Living.  

Her “Naked Eggs” business won a “MSL American Made Award,” and was featured in 12 Easter issues of Martha Stewart Living Magazine and her pysanky were featured online in MSL.  In 2020, she published her first book, “Writing Ribbons, A Ukrainian Pysanky Sideband Designs." Her newest book, “Writing Pysanka, Piece by Piece,” comes out February, 2024.

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