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.
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.