The tradition of egg dying began eons ago in Mesopotamia.  The idea of millions of people coming together in a short span of time on an artistic endeavor is the ultimate in group art projects!  With a graphics background, the ways in which everyday people express themselves in this annual endeavor is fascinating to me.  There are natural dyes, vinegar-based dyes, kool-aid dyes… Then there are patterns; some like symmetrical lines and dots, or patterns like flowers and hearts.  Some use crayons and markers, some use glitter or temporary tattoos.

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© GingerBread Snowflakes

As a modern invention, there are even robot-assisted devices to help more complex patterns like the Egg-Bot.   As you know well by now, the intersection of science and art is especially exciting to me, as I am passionate about these two mediums joining!

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The Egg-Bot is a plotter that prints with pens on curved items. It runs with inkscape, and draws vector graphics on eggs with its “inkscape” software.  Look at the intricate patterns one can develop!

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Egg-Bot decorated eggs

There’s another direction that I wish I could afford (if for no other reason than my investment portfolio):  The Faberge Egg:  those bejeweled and precious eggs, created especially for royalty.  Peter Carl Fabergé made Easter gifts for Russian Tsars, their wives and mothers--often called the 'Imperial' Fabergé eggs.  Of about 50 eggs that were made, only 43 have survived.

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Rose Trellis Egg

Whatever the design,  April is perfect time to think outside the…umm…egg. 😉