June 15 & 16
10:00 – 5:00
Maplewood Rose Festival
Maplewood Rose Garden
Pysanky by Mia – 2012 Best of Show Award, Central NY Maple Festival; Award Winner, Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts and 2012 Award of Distinction, 3-D Mixed Media, Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival
Mia (pronounced My-a) Sohn is an accomplished pysanky artist, as the recent awards listed above can attest to. “The Egg Lady” as she refers to herself, has been creating these delicate works of art for over 30 years. Pysanka is a Ukrainian word meaning ‘to write.’ (The plural is ‘pysanky.’)
I do all of the work free-hand, no decals, stencils or paint.
I draw on egg shells with hot beeswax, which comes out of a miniature brass funnel. After I draw everything that I want to keep white, I dye the egg and then draw with wax on that color. I work from color to color, often light to dark, although I now use acid washing to change my color palette and to add texture and extra details to my designs. When I finish the design, I have a dark, wax-covered egg. I heat the egg and melt the wax off using a heat gun- and the colors are revealed.
I can tell Mia and I are around the same age because she titles her finished pieces with musical references that I can relate to! Color My World, Dancing in the Dark, In-a-Gadda-da-Vida, Ruby Tuesday. (Oops, I stand corrected. I just read that Mia’s sister likes to name Mia’s eggs. So I guess I’m around the same age as Mia’s sister!