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.
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.