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Ukrainian eggs come about through a batiking process (wax resist and dyes) on whole eggs. These batik eggs are called pysanky. A single batik egg is a pysanka. My pysanky have a wide range of patterns, colors, and themes. It takes some planning to cover one color after the next, light to dark, with wax; you can't see what the egg will look like until you finally melt off the wax after applying the last color. I blow out the completed eggs, hang them on a string, and usually varnish them.
I have over 200 batik eggs in egg cartons. They're fragile. When people see them, they turn them around in their hands. They tell me I should find a way to exhibit them. But how can I display them from all angles, hands free?
Film. I have outlined a narrative for a short film: Into the Ovoid, an Ovella. Expected length: about 15-20 minutes. The story will explore some of my best eggs and include a time-lapsed demonstration of the entire pysanky creation process.
For more images of my batik eggs and details about the script, storyboard, and soundtrack, see IntoTheOvoid.com.
Surround-Around Patterns and Color
Batik eggs are an oddly impractical medium, but this process on an ovoid shell uniquely generates designs that can't easily be created any other way. I've enjoyed deviating wildly from traditional patterns to explore all kinds of different design ideas and push the limits of batik.
- Lines and curves intersecting the latitudes and longitudes of the egg
- Dividing the egg surface into prime numbered sections
- Playing with fractals or a fibonacci sequence
- Capturing strange shapes from nature or other folk art, such as quilts and tattoos
To see patterns and colors unfold across the eggshell, you have to turn the egg around on more than one axis. Viewing one side, you might see a radiating pattern.
But from another side, it's a different effect.
Here's another example with the difference between an equatorial view and a polar view:
When I wrote a script outline and started a storyboard for the film, I got stuck on the title frames because I couldn't find a font that looked eggy. So I created a font where the glyphs fit, roughly, to an egg shape.
Creative technologist, and successful kickstarter project creator Kathryn Rotondo helped get me started digitizing the font.
About 250 eggs have piled up in my cabinet over the years. Here are a few:
Here's a time-lapse clip of me putting the eggs out on the table.
When I put all these eggs out on the table, I broke two. That's the point of this project. Make a record in film of the best ones before they, too, get broken, and tell an all too familiar story about taking risks. With your help I will make this film.
Abbott Imaging Creative Services and I plan on using stop action.
And some GIF animation.
We will be using animation software to stitch together photos of an egg from many angles so it can be moved and twirled on all axes, hands free.
We've already spent quite a few hours in the studio solving problems with reflection and depth of field. Shooting the three-act story, with its stop action egg dances and time-lapse demonstration of an egg being created, will take quite a few more hours.
With your help, I will create a riveting short film that will be a visual feast. Viewers will come away with a satisfying experience almost as delightful as getting to handle the pysanky in person.
We reach our goal, so foreseeablyyour pledge will be processed. You will receive a survey asking you how I should fulfill your reward, such as contact information or by what name or names you wish to be listed in the film's closing credits.
At a glance, here is how the rewards are cumulative:
Some of you have helped me pick 4 polar views for the refrigerator magnets! See Update #3 for details. Here are the 12 images you chose from. The winners are labeled in red:
I've received the print order for the magnets and thank-you postcards. Without giving too much away, here is JK of Abbott Imaging shooting the image for the postcard:
Here is an example of a commissioned pysanka. The suggested pattern is a doodle by JK of Abbott Imaging. The pysanka is my treatment of that doodle theme:
The project was written up in my local paper, the Arlington Advocate on April 17, 2014. The feature was posted online on April 20, 2014.
Many thanks to Abbott Imaging for all their support and help with this project page and the intotheovoid.com web site.
The Ukrainian Gift Shop in Minnesota has supplied my dyes, wax, and kistkas - not to mention a lifetime of inspiration - since 1961!
A $10 Skillshare course by Joel Malone, "Succeeding on Kickstarter," gave me lots of tips on how to plan this campaign and what to expect.
Huge thanks to my wonderful friends who previewed this project page and provided such excellent and helpful feedback!
Risks and challenges
Abbott Imaging Creative Services is assisting me in developing a detailed storyboard, solving issues of interference from reflected light, and determining how best to show the eggs from all angles through sequences of stop action and animation. We are targeting completion in Spring 2015.
Although the film I see in my head might not perfectly come into being, something high quality and interesting will definitely come of this project, with your help. Seeing these eggs for the first time is always a special experience, and not having to worry about breaking them makes it even better.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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