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November 24, 2011

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Back from obscurity.

September 14, 2010

Still in New Zealand as last reported. We’re in the process of applying for residence; husband has a steady job and I am steadily making art (while still keeping one eye out for part-time job positions, because a pittance more helps).

Just wanted to revive this site to reveal a milestone in my pysanky-writing career: I’ve done my first ostrich eggshell (base material courtesy of the Wellington Zoo gift shop).

Post labour

It took nearly 20 hours to complete, four times as long as an average chicken egg; I timed it according to the runtime of the TV series I watched on DVD, while hunched in concentration on the floor for hours at a stretch.

This thought apparently horrifies some people, but it occurred to me upon completion that I might carve it up with my Dremel and making pendants and earrings out of the pieces as I’ve seen some people do. Friends have dared me to try and sell it whole on Etsy, so that’s what I’m aiming to do. At first.

Of black swans and meat pies.

February 27, 2010

Still in New Zealand, will probably last at least a year now that husband has found work. Nearly Easter so it’s time I geared up to write more pysanky. I’m debating starting another blog, to represent the divide between my previous life north of the equator and my current one down south. I’ve already signed onto, which seems to be more popular that Etsy down here. More thoughts later, it’s night time and I need some herbal tea to wind down.


January 12, 2010

Haven’t updated in a while, partly because I haven’t done much on the art front, but mostly because my partner and I picked up and moved across an ocean to spend a year abroad in New Zealand. Will have more to say once we’re more settled.


October 1, 2009

Once again, I will be vending my pysanky at the Slavic Festival in Saratoga. Details here:

Oil on velvet!

August 29, 2009

I’d heard mixed ideas (some say Leeteg did it, some say it doesn’t last), but looks good so far!


Newest velvet, another Haeckel tribute.

July 27, 2009


Latest velvet: the inimitable Steve Jobs.

July 15, 2009

Steve Jobs

Art show!

May 5, 2009

My jellyfish on black velvet is on display at West Valley College along with other student works until May 10th! 🙂 :happy dance:

Velvet jelly.

April 19, 2009

Velvet Jellyfish

First large-scale NEARLY complete velvet painting, using acrylic paints. Image inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s lithographs.

I will nerve up eventually and try using oils, as that’s what Edgar Leeteg supposedly used. Some claim that oil separates weirdly on velvet, though. I’d love a clear answer on this.