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My name is Joanne and I live in Central Massachusetts.  I started creating Pysanky in late 1999 and have been intrigued with it since then when I first learned of the custom.  This ancient art form has been practiced since before the birth of Christ.  Every symbol and color on an egg has specific meaning which enhances the appreciation I have for this beautiful craft.  As soon as I got my first batch of decorating supplies I promptly sat down and started doodling on eggs.  Admittedly, my first Pysanka wasn’t anything to brag about but I’ve kept it and over the years it has reminded me of the progress I’ve made since that first attempt.

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Farm fresh eggs are preferred as the canvas of choice due to the lack of a sanitizing process used by public egg producers which inhibits the absorption of dye. After several months of practice I contacted a few friends I knew had chickens and ducks and bought some eggs from them. After two years of buying eggs from friends, I decided to get my own chickens and the first flock of six which arrived in May 2002.  To this day my menagerie of animals continues to grow.    I spend a lot of time building and maintaining their many abodes (five coops/yards currently) as well as feeding and caring for them.  For the most part, I tend to them on my own but I occasionally hire my ten year old assistant/neighbor Caleb for extra jobs and he’s the best assistant I’ve ever had.

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Attending to the animals and learning about them by watching their natural escapades and interactions with each other plus the eggs they share bring the experience full circle for me and it’s a constant source of amusement!  Who ever knew animals could be so entertaining?

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October 8, 2011