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Friday, September 7, 2012

Not Just for Breakfast Anymore... Egg Art

I'd like to take a little bit of your time to introduce you to one of my favorite art forms - Egg Art.  Not just your typical egg dyeing that you normally do around the spring holidays - Egg Art encompasses many different styles.  Egg decorating has been around for centuries, and many of those early techniques and traditions are continued today by artists around the world. Just about anything you can imagine can be done to an egg.

The International Egg Art Guild (IEAG) website (http://www.eggartguild.org/) is a great place to start learning about the different forms of Egg Art.  More than twenty-five years ago Kit Stansbury put the wheels in motion to form a society where artists could discuss, share and exchange ideas, and promote egg decorating as an art form.  Now, with membership in the guild worldwide, they have created a flourishing Masters Program to help anyone wishing to improve their artistry and technique. The artform is flourishing, and nowhere is this better experienced than at an Egg Art Show.

All around the world, egg artists and suppliers gather at a show to hold classes and display their individual art to any who wish to see.  The IEAG website has a list of the shows held each year.  There is no better place to experience all the various types of Egg Art than at one of these shows.  Suppliers are available as well, providing a hands-on opportunity for visitors to purchase kits, miniatures, eggs and tools.  Many Egg Artists also display and sell their work at local art shows and shops.  

With the invention of the internet - Eggs have gone viral.  A search on the words Egg Art on Google recently pulled up over 72,000 hits.  Searching on the words Pysanky (a wax resist method), Carl Faberg√®, Ostridge Eggs, Emu Eggs, Rhea Eggs, Carved eggs, etc will bring up lists of suppliers, artists from around the world, and general information.  One such artist is Lorrie Popow, a Master Egg Artist who has recently placed her training sessions on Youtube for everyone to enjoy. 
 Lorrie is definitely one of our finest ATA Girls, and we are proud to be able to place the link to her videos on our sight for everyone to experience.

6 comments:

  1. Although my egg decorating is limited to Easter eggs I have always loved the look of faberge eggs. Maybe one day I will give it go. Thanks for your visit and sweet comment. :-)

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  2. You would be surprised at how easy it is to get started working with eggs - keep watching for more info and patterns to help you explore. Thanks for stopping by

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  3. Great post! Fascinating art form ... I had to go Google it!

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    1. Glad you liked it. There are so many things that can be done with an egg, from painting to beading and everything in between. You can make jewelry, boxes, ornaments and even lights. Keep watching for more posts about it.

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  4. I have always loved the amazing eggs but never had the patience to work on such a level of detail. Any time there is a Faberge egg at a museum- I am right there to see that magic!

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    1. They are beautiful. However - working with eggs can be as easy or difficult as you like. When I teach egg art classes and at home parties I can show people of all ages how to make great egg ornaments in as little as 2 hours. Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

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