Ukrainian Pysanky are hand decorated eggs made using the ancient batik method of dye and wax application. For well over 2,000 years, people have been carrying on the custom of decorating eggs. In the Ukraine, peasant folk created these delicate treasures influenced by the belief that great power is embodied in the egg. Eggs were decorated in the springtime to celebrate the warming of the sun as it brought health, joy and new life. With the introduction of Christianity to Ukraine in 988 A.D. the sun became the “Son” and the ancient traditions were absorbed into the Christian celebration of Easter. This ancient folk craft continues as a truly great international art. Each pysanka has a unique message of joy, hope and life. It is a message to live and a message to share!
About the Artist:
Martha Tozzi has been creating Ukrainian Pysanky for well over 40 years. She has conducted numerous hands-on classes and informational programs to enlighten participants on the art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating. Martha lovingly hand-fashions each pysanka she makes with intricate designs, true to the ancient methods and symbolism. Originally from Moorestown, NJ, Martha is a 1985 graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. After moving around the country as an Army spouse for 30 years, Martha and her husband now reside in Gettysburg, PA.
Martha V. Tozzi