March 19, 2005: Headlines: COS - Ukraine: Easter: Art: Noblesville Daily Times: Gwen Tetrick shares Ukrainian egg decorating experience with children. Tetrick got the idea for the project while visiting in Ukraine last summer, where her daughter was stationed as a Peace Corps volunteer

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Gwen Tetrick shares Ukrainian egg decorating experience with children. Tetrick got the idea for the project while visiting in Ukraine last summer, where her daughter was stationed as a Peace Corps volunteer

Gwen Tetrick shares Ukrainian egg decorating experience with children.  Tetrick got the idea for the project while visiting in Ukraine last summer, where her daughter was stationed as a Peace Corps volunteer

Gwen Tetrick shares Ukrainian egg decorating experience with children. Tetrick got the idea for the project while visiting in Ukraine last summer, where her daughter was stationed as a Peace Corps volunteer

Librarian shares Ukrainian egg decorating experience with children


By Beth Shively | Staff writer

Posted: 03/19/05 - 01:53:18 pm EST
The sticky-fingered girls gathered around a library table working on an Easter craft had one caution for others who might like to try the modified Ukrainian egg decorating project.

Dipping egg-shaped Styrofoam in sweetened condensed milk and then rolling it in green, gold and multi-colored glitter is a fun project, they said, but just a little bit messy.

"It's pretty neat," said Lauren Smith. "But it's sticky."

The project was inspired by Gwen Tetrick, a school media specialist who also works in the Hamilton East Public Library youth rooms in Fishers in Noblesville. Tetrick got the idea for the project while visiting in Ukraine last summer, where her daughter was stationed as a Peace Corps volunteer.

"They're just everywhere in Ukraine, just everywhere," Tetrick said about the elaborately decorated Pysanky eggs.

The country even has an egg-shaped museum to house the decorations, which are made each year to celebrate spring, and are especially prevalent at Easter. In addition to the Pysanky eggs made by Ukranians with hollowed shells, hot wax and dyes, the museum houses jeweled Faberge eggs.

Tetrick was so inspired by the ornate objects and the warm and welcoming people she met in Ukraine that she wanted to create a craft to do with children who visit the Hamilton East Public Library. In addition to the glittered eggs, the kids also colored wooden eggs using traditional Pysanky colors and symbols to represent different emotions and objects.

Roses, for example, symbolize love and caring, ladders mean prosperity or prayer, and a fish represents Christianity. But while the decoration of eggs is closely associated with Easter, the craft was not invented for the holiday.
According to the Easter Traditions Web site, painting eggs with bright colors to celebrate spring is a practice that predates the advent of Christianity. But because eggs symbolize new life, they are a logical symbol for the celebration of Easter.

In addition to Ukrainian customs, cultures around the world have taken the symbol and each added their own touches, the Web site said. Greeks dye their Easter eggs red to symbolize and honor the blood of Christ, while Germans and Austrians traditionally give green eggs on Maundy (or Holy) Thursday the day commemorating Christ's Last Supper.

In Slavic countries, decorating eggs in special patterns of gold and silver adds luster to the shell and to the sharing. The Armenian tradition is to decorate hollowed-out eggshells with religious images significant to the holiday.

But no matter the color or pattern used, Tetrick said in Ukraine there is one element consistent with all egg decorating.

"It's a very family-oriented project," she said.

Know More

When decorating Pysanky eggs, Ukrainians use these colors to represent the following:

# White n purity or wisdom

# Yellow n harvest, spirituality, spring, rebirth

# Green n wealth, youth, growth, happiness

# Blue n good health, clear skies

# Orange n power, endurance, ambition

# Red n happiness, hope, passion, nobility, bravery, enthusiasm, love

# Brown n enrichment, good harvest, happiness

# Purple n faith, trust, power

# Pink n success

# Black n remembrance

To learn more about Pysanky egg decorating, visit www.learnpaysanky.com. For more information about Easter Traditions, visit www.easter-traditions.com.





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