Guest at Hummingbird Weaving Studio
The egg, a traditional symbol of new life, has been decorated around the world for centuries. Karen's works of art on this unique "canvas" inspired by these ancient roots include traditional Ukrainian pysanky and Bucovinian style wax-embossed eggs. Some of her other styles are influenced by a variety of artistic media: stained glass, embroidery, Celtic knotwork and even decorated Hungarian gingerbread cookies.
Karen has been "writing" eggs for nearly 30 years. She loves the challenge of combining the geometric balance and symmetry, technical precision and artistic beauty which the art requires. She also enjoys the opportunities it offers for almost unlimited variety, including working with different sizes and types of eggs, techniques, styles, colours and themes.
"Working on my eggs is life-giving for me. The pleasant shape of the egg itself, the scent of melting beeswax, the quiet concentration and the spiritual dimension of this ancient art all contribute to it being a source of great peace in my otherwise busy life."
Celtic cross stained glass style goose egg
Peach Rose goose egg
Dyed and Etched Brown eggs
Stained glass style chicken egg
Etched emu egg
"O Canada" brown eggs
Wax embossed blue duck egg
Monarch - Stained glass style Rhea egg
Hummingbird - Stained glass style Rhea egg
Wax embossed "cross stitch" duck egg
Valentine "cookie" eggs
Embossed wax duck egg
"Gems" - Stained glass style goose egg
Kaszub design goose egg