Katy David's Profile
I create my artwork using a centuries-old technique called Pysanky (the name comes from the Ukrainian verb “to write.”) This is a batik process using beeswax, a small heated funnel, and aniline dyes on eggshells that results in intricately layered patterns of color, geometry and two-dimensional line on a three-dimensional surface.
Starting with the lightest color (usually the white of the eggshell itself), I cover with wax all the areas that should remain white. Then I dye the egg the next darkest color, usually yellow or gold, and repeat the waxing process, covering all the areas that I want to remain yellow. I continue with the process, using progressively darker dye colors until I reach the final background color. After I have completed all the steps, I remove the wax by heating the egg in the oven at a low heat to soften the wax and wipe with a towel to reveal the design hidden…
- Joined February 27, 2010