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Quirky illustrations and motifs colored with a traditional wax-resist method Cover Caroline Södergren’s eggshells

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June 22, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images © Caroline Södergren, shared with permission

Artist who is formally trained in glass blowing and lives in Stockholm Caroline Sodergren transfers her experience in handling a delicate, fragile material to an artistically illustrated collection of eggshells. She adapts the traditional Ukrainian handicraft called pysanky, a wax-resistant method that uses hot beeswax to draw a design onto a clean, empty chicken, turkey, goose, or ostrich egg. The bowl is then dipped in several baths of paint and the sealant washed off with oil to reveal the colorful, layered design – you can see the entire process in the video below.

The technique is often combined with folk art, although Södergren illustrates her own botanical motifs, beetles, and mythical creatures that differ from traditional designs. “You have to think about it before you start a pattern because the different layers of paint have to be in the right order,” she says. “If you make a mistake with the wax there is no way to change it and a written line is where it is. A constant challenge that makes work so much fun! “

Konsthantverkets Vänner, an organization dedicated to supporting Swedish handicrafts, has just awarded Södergren a grant for her batik designs. Browse available eggs in her shop, and you can find a larger collection at Instagram. (above Lustik)

#Animals
#Eggs
#insects
#Wax

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