My name is Mar’yana Svarnyk. I live in Regina, SK, Canada and I make somewhat traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs (pysanky), using the wax resist techniques, that is, hot bees wax to draw patterns on the eggs, and dyes or acid to color or etch the shell.
I was born and grew up in Ukraine, learned how to make common as well as drop-pull pysanky (traditional batik eggs) from my grandmother in the 1980s.
I am particularly interested in traditional pysanky patterns, as well as in the use of natural dyes on eggs. I have experimented, and continue to do so with both the traditionally used high quality natural dyes (dried and essences) and with the locally available fresh plants.
I am 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 I am working on completing the PhD in area overlapping German philosophy and Canadian art. I also volunteer conducting free meditation classes and workshops (https://sahajaonline.com), and learn to play Indian classical bansuri (bamboo flute).
You can find out more about me and my other interests in my non-egg-related blog (mainly dormant now): msvarnyk.wordpress.com
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