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.
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.