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Pysanka






Pysanky (plural form of pysanka) is from the Ukrainian word "pysaty" meaning "to write." Pysanky eggs are hand-drawn creations—first in pencil using guidelines to section off an eggshells into a grid pattern, and then with detail within the grid. Afterwards, pencil lines are covered with beeswax using a stylus or writing pen called a kistka and dipping in dyes of progressively darker shades. Similar to the batik work done on fabric. The last step is to remove the wax with a candle flame to reveal the beautiful design hidden beneath.
But the intricacy of the design is not the only thing that makes a pysanka beautiful. Even simple patterns can be just as striking as detailed ones. The key to a beautiful traditional pysanka is symmetry and precision (although symmetry does not always play a role in contemporary patterns). By precision, I mean that the design is drawn within a grid that has been laid out meticulously, I use a lathe and see through ruler/stencil for drawing circles . If a pysanky is only divided in half, each half will measure exactly the same. Similarly, in quadrants, each will measure exactly the same. The entire design, whether simple or detailed, depends on these first measurements to be exact. This is especially important if the egg will be very intricate.























































If you have decorated an egg, then you have participated in one of the oldest decorative arts. Archaeologists have long known of decorated ostrich shell pieces and empty eggs in Africa of great antiquity, found in tombs or archaeological digs, but they did not know how old this custom really was. In 2010 an important find was announced that a team led by Pierre-Jean Texier found a cache of decorated ostrich eggs in layers in South Africa dating from 65,000 to 55,000 years before the present.[1]  They had been whole shells, but crushed into fragments over time. These eggs were likely used for storing water, as hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari desert do even today. It is speculated that the designs might have been the mark of individual owners of the shells.  An interesting find was that the scratched decorations on the eggs changed over time. Earlier eggs had cross-hatched designs that looked like railroad tracks. Later designs used finer parallel scratches inside of lines. Archaeologists have unearthed ceramic decorated eggs in Ukraine dating circa 3,000 B.C. For those ancients worshiping the sun god Dazhboh, decorated eggs were an affirmation of spring following a harsh winter. The eggs were also considered protection against illness and other forms of misfortune.

 
When Ukrainians adopted Christianity in circa 988, the practice of egg decorating continued but with the focus on Easter. Every design has meaning. In the first century A.D. Christians took the ancient legend of the phoenix (one symbol of the sun to the Egyptians) as a sign of the resurrection[i]; in illustrations the bird stands on the egg from which it has risen. Hence, the Easter egg. The first color used to dye Easter eggs was red, symbolizing blood and its life-giving qualities. For several centuries early Christians observed all the traditional Jewish festivals, and thus Easter and Passover coincided. Colored eggs are also used in some Passover celebrations, but whether it was a tradition borrowed from Christianity or not remains a mystery. In ancient China eggs, dyed scarlet, were given as gifts in the spring. A circle represents the sun and integrity, also nature’s triumph over evil. Dots stand for the future. A star or “rosetta” is used to convey life itself, the source of light, beauty and perfection. Triangles are air, fire and water. Straight lines indicate eternal life.


There is meaning to the colors, too. White represents purity, birth, light and rejoicing. Green is fertility and hopefulness, the sun and life’s joys. Purple means faith, trust and patience. Black symbolizes constancy, eternity and the dark before a dawn. Throughout history eggs have been at various times magical, protective, divine — even evil, and they are an obvious fertility symbol. In Buddhist, Taoist and certain Russian rituals they are offered to the dead as representations of the revitalizing powers of nature. 


I think the best learning egg dyeing videos are from Lorie Powpow master pasanky artist. Some tips of mine in addition to Lorie are: 1) Double down on yellow aniline dye, 2) use a 1 tsp citric acid and 4oz of distilled water and submerge egg for 15min to remove egg membrane and make a perfect canvas, 3) use magic eraser mr clean sponge and a drop of water to remove pencil lines never use a rubber eraser. 4) if you love it invest in an electric kistka (wax pen). 

 

The video below is how I set up batik dyeing.




Here below is a step by step illustration for a few designs for pdf download. 

For more detail on pysanky using natural dyes and other egg decorating techniques and folklore see the pamphlet “Egg Art,” Library of Congress American Folklife Center (1982).


The current Pysanka Museum building was built in 2000 in the western Ukrainian city of Kolomyia, Ivano-Frankivska Oblast. Previously the pysanka collection had been housed in the Kolomyia church of the Annunciation. The museum is part of the National Museum of Hutsulshchyna and Pokuttya Folk Art.
The central part of the museum is in the shape of a pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg). This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the pysanka, and it has become a calling card of the city. In August 2007 the museum was recognized as a landmark of modern Ukraine.

#pysanka #pysanky #easter #ukrainianeastereggs #eggs #symbolism #art #makersmovement #folkart #batikeggs #kistka #gooseegg #beeswax #sapphire

source: So Jeo, Laurie Popow, Luba PerchyshynGail Lamba, Texier, Pierre-Jean, Library of Congress cataloging Slavic materials, St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthians, Euromaidan Press, Slavko Nowytski, Authentic Ukraine O. Yasinska & I. Fediv


Graphic Design for Film & Television

When most people think about graphic design jobs, they envision working in marketing or advertising, doing websites, logos, and creating promotional materials for print or digital.

Being a graphic designer for film and television, I would work on everything from props to set pieces, to the typeset on a dove tail banner. A graphic designer on a TV or film production is responsible for creating any graphic pieces outlined in the script. They also create promotional materials, like movie posters and digital content.

In my case working with Paramount, Touchstone, and Warner Brothers on multiple films I entered the set design department as an independent contractor and answered to the set designer. I worked remotely which was really something in the 2000's. I study historical periods to ensure the designs that are created are as real as possible. The idea is to achieve total immersion for the audience and for the actors on set, who use these prop pieces to get into character.

In a nutshell it's about moving the plot forward, and creating a compelling atmosphere through carefully designed visual solutions. 

Graphic Design work for film, includes The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Finding Forrester (2000), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) for a full list of production work nancytranter.com



I believe Dylan

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BRIOCHE BABKA CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT recipe by @paul.hollywood

The chocolate babka recipe from Great British Bake Off. I was intrigued by this recipe because it called or only one proofing session. NY style Babka calls for 2 it can even be as long as overnight. I loved this recipe by @paul.hollywood The singular rise with the addition of instant yeast worked great and this will be the new recipe moving forward for the family. For those of you who aren't familiar, chocolate babka is an enriched bread that's plaited, stuffed with chocolate, and can be filled and topped with all sorts of sweet things like hazelnuts, streusel, and more. It's A BIG DEAL in New York City.

#christmas #christmasbaking #GBBO #britishbakeoff #brioche #pastry #pastrylove #pastryaddict #pastrygram #homemadebrioche #briochelove #babka #chocolatebabka #babkalover #winterbaking #covidbaking #homefortheholidays #baking #readyforbakeoff #greatbritishbakingshow




Dyeing with Wild Goldenrod

purchase this yarn at my store nancystoreonline.com
Goldenrod dye vat with mercerized pima cotton yarn and Pearl Ex. Here in New York, goldenrod matures and blooms from July to October. I carefully harvest the flower fronds, trying not to pick too many leaves or stems in the process then gathered enough to fill my dye pot 3/4 full. 

I used for the mordant aluminum acetate and the a tiny rust (iron) from the bottom of the enamel vat, perhaps making it a little hint of green. We will see what it looks like when finished. I use a 10% by weight-of-goods proportion of alum to cotton, checkout tutorial on mordanting by Botanical Colors it has a great tutorial on mordanting.  1 teaspoon of Pearl Ex Interference Gold check out the video so sparkly. I kept it on the stove to a simmer (not a boil unless you want a deep russet color) for 3 hours.

Soaked my mercerized cotton overnight in tap water room temperature. I placed it in the simmering vat for 1hr making sure it was mostly submerged. After an hour I removed and used the towel dry method for the yarn let dry, then rinsed 3 times, created a soak bath for 1/2hr with cedar essential oil, rinsed again toweled dry and hung up to dry. The Pearl Ex is still visible after 4 washings. Goldenrod definitely brought the sunshine it came out great.

#goldenrod#flowers#wildflowers#fall#autumn#naturelover#nature #forest #woods #woodland #solidago #floral #herbal #herbalism #natureheals #naturescure #wildflower #autumn #fall #autumnvibes #autumnequinox #fiberarts #handdyedyarn #artyarn #yarn #handspun  #pantone #knitting #cotton #yarn #fiberarts #weaving #makersmovement #spinner 





 


Rainbow Spiral Cookies (Gluten Free)

These colorful swirled cookies will take your sugar cookie game to a whole new level! They are made just like a jelly roll cake. All you do is roll and slice away.

Ingredients
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups of one to one gluten free flour baking mix (I get mine at nuts.com)
rainbow non pareils
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple food coloring

1. Mix together granulated sugar, confectioner's sugar, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the egg and vanilla extract. Set both bowls aside.
2. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until pale light and fluffy. Add the sugar mixture and whip until you know their are air bubbles -light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour and mix until just combined.
3. Divide the dough into 2 balls and set one ball aside this will be your white spiral. Divide the other ball into 6 pieces and dye each the color of the rainbow or any color combo you see fit.

4. Create two layers. the uncolored dough on top of a silicone sheet rolled out into a 10 x 12 inch rectangle. Roll each colored ball of dough into a long sausage shape and line them up  on another silicone sheet 10 x 12 inch. Gently press together and place another silicone sheet on top. Roll out into a rectangle. Stack the sheets and put in fridge for 1 hour.

5. Remove uncolored dough silicone top. Flip the rainbow dough on top of the uncolored dough. Trim the edges. Position the dough with the long edge facing you and roll the dough away into a spiral. Wrap with silicone sheet or plastic wrap and place in freezer for one hour.

6. Slice the dough into 1/4 inch thick slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325*F for 15 minutes, until the edges are golden. Cool for a few minutes and enjoy.


#momlife #pinwheelcookie #cookie #rainbowcookies  #rainbow #treats #rainbowcrafts #gaypridecookies #desserts






Free Face Mask Pattern


Here is a face mask pattern it allows you to use elastic or ties to secure it in place and you have the option of inserting a P2.5 filter between the two layers and adding a wire nose guard. This PDF download is the easiest version to sew. Click on the picture to the right to download PDF. Please hit the like button for my facebook page in the left column if you like or use this pattern.


















Materials:
  • Two 8″ fabric squares for outside of mask
  • Two 8″ fabric squares for inside of mask
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • wire
  • filter (optional)
  • fabric marking tool
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • printed face mask pattern 


















































Face mask instructions:


  • Cut out inner and outer face mask pattern pieces on the solid lines.
  • With fabric right sides together, pin pattern pieces to fabric or just trace cutting lines onto fabric. Cut out inner and outer face mask pieces.
  • With right sides together, sew 1/4″ seam along the inside center face mask pieces. Repeat for the outside center face mask seam.
  • Cut notches into the curved seam allowance just sewn or use pinking shears to trim curved seam allowance. This will reduce bulk and help the seam to lay flat. Gently press to one side.
  • Turn under 1/4″ along the short side edges of the inner face mask and press. Stitch in place.
  • With right sides together, pin inner and outer face mask pieces along upper edge, matching center seam. Stitch using 1/4″ seam allowance (backstitching at the beginning and end).
  • Turn right side out and press seam, extending 1/4″ fold along the outer face mask edge.
  • Top stitch in place 1/8″ from folded edges.
  • Turn under 1/4″ along the short sides of the outer face mask and press.
  • Fold this edge again (5/8″) so that it meets the pencil line and press.
  • Transfer solid casing line (1 1/2″ from raw edge) onto the wrong side of outer face mask pieces using marking tool.
  • use a 1/4" elastic for around the ears cut 2, 6-8" lengths (depends upon size of ears), place elastic inside of casing and stitch along the inner folded edge, creating a casing for elastic or ties.
  • insert P2.5 filter I buy mine on ebay
Yes, some of that fabric is Dolce and Gabbana and Cavalli ;) They are in my shop nancystoreonline.com
#facemask #covid19 #DolceGabbana #D&G #facemaskhomemade #covidfacemask #covidfashion #covidfacemaskchallenge #cavalli

Rose Clay, Charcoal, Goats Milk Spa Bar

Rose Clay and Activated Charcoal are great soap ingredients for several reasons. They have great purifying qualities and introduce beautiful natural coloring to your melt and pour soap.
Rose Clay is a very beautiful clay that adds a dusty rosy pink color and gentle exfoliation. Clay can be added to Melt & Pour Soap up to 1 tablespoon per pound.  The easiest way to add Clay to your Soap is to mix it with a small amount of rubbing alcohol prior to adding it to your Soap Base. Creating a smooth liquid with the clay and rubbing alcohol will help keep the clay from clumping when you add it to the Soap; the rubbing alcohol will evaporate out.
Activated Charcoal has so many cleansing and purifying properties. With charcoal, a little goes a long way. 1 teaspoon should be plenty tret it the same way using a small amount of rubbing alcohol until it disolves
For a great skin nourishing soap, I used goats milk soap base a proprietary blend from Brambleberry. Goat milk contains a certain fatty acid that helps skin prevent the moisture loss and its PH is similar to that of human skin. If you want to receive all the benefits of goat milk in melt and pour soap, Goat Milk Melt and Pour Base is your best bet. If your using Rose Absolute you would not want to waste it in the heat up process during saponification. The oil is too precious and expensive to just burn off. This soap has a lot of skin-loving ingredients that are perfect for facial skin. However, everybody’s skin is different! Some may be more sensitive than others. I would recommend trying this bar on your face and seeing what you think!
To make this soap you will need:
56 ounces Goats Milk Melt & Pour soap
1/2 teaspoon Activated Charcoal
1 tablespoon Rose Clay
12 mL Rose Otto Essential Oil 
12 Cavity Rectangle Mold
Start by cutting up your goats milk soap base into small cubes. I have learned that keeping the cubes small and evenly sized will help make the melting process go a little more smoothly – pun intended! When you have all the soap base all cubed, divide the base.
Put the small soap portion in the microwave for intervals of 30 seconds and stirring in between. This will allow the soap to melt evenly without scorching. The goal is to get a nice smooth melted soap base without over heating. 
Divide the soap into three portions: plain goats milk, rose clay, and charcoal.
Use a very small bowl and measure out 1/2 teaspoon of activated charcoal into the dish. Add rubbing alcohol until it’s well hydrated and easy to mix (up to 1 Tablespoon). Using the mini mixer or small wisk, carefully blend the charcoal to break up any clumps and get a smooth liquid consistency. Set that aside. Use the same technique for the rose clay. 
get your mold ready mist with rubbing alcohol and pour 
Once the entire tray has completely cooled and hardened, you can carefully unmold it. 

Pantone color of the year 2020 Classic Blue 19-4052

Handspun CLASSIC BLUE Art Yarn Beaded, Rose Sapphire, dk to Light worsted 247 yards - free shipping. This yarn is so rare and unique it is made mostly of Rose fiber it is very similar to bamboo in appearance and feel. It is a new cellulose fiber made from rose bushes, it is environmentally friendly, green eco fiber. I hand dyed this shade of blue to represent that special time of twilight. a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. It also has glass beads crochet into it. 

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

CLASSIC BLUE Art Yarn is a one of a kind yarn that I carded and spun. The dkweight varying to worsted weight yarn looks amazing in finished products! Handspinning and carding is a slow craft technique which results in the yarn looking very different from a machine made yarns. Coordinating hues in of Brilliant Blue, Royal Blue, whites, aqua, and black. Hints of Miyuki glass beads in blue. Firestar and Glitz create a metallic effect. This Yarn is soft.
Its made out of rose fibre 55% flax 10%, viscose 10%, faux cashmere %10, merino wool 5%, firestar 5%, glitz 5%. I would use this for projects close to the skin or outerwear.You can purchase this yarn at my store https://www.etsy.com/listing/797748199/handspun-classic-blue-art-yarn-beaded 


      

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sources: leatrese eishman,  Laurie Pressman, procato

Houndstooth Shawl


#weaving #houndstooth #artyarn #homespunyarn #yarn #iceyarn #shawl
English Houndstooth, French "Pied de poule", Dutch “Hanevoet”is one of the most classic patterns for fabrics. Whether on a scarf, coat, skirt, purse, chair, blanket, or umbrella, the houndstooth never seems to go out of style. If you have it in your wardrobe, you will have a piece that will always be fashionable, at least in pattern. Although the pattern must have been known for centuries, it was made famous mostly by Christian Dior and is still frequently used in many variations. It is a non-exhaustible source of inspiration for fashion designers.I am using a 24" rigid heddle loom for this oblong shawl; however, the houndstooth pattern may be created in the same way on many other types of looms. You should only need to adapt it to your loom’s particular warping method. Weaving the Houndstooth is the process of creating a fabric from 2 perpendicular thread sets. One set is called the warp (vertical), the other the weft (horizontal). The weft thread crosses either over or underneath the warp threads and the precise about rule where to cross over and where to cross underneath determines the weave type of the fabric thus made.This weave is the simplest version of houndstooth – a 2×2. This size is also known as pinwheel and puppytooth. The addition of Reindeer antler buttons are supplies from my Sami bracelets inspired from Swedish Lapland. 


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