For many people, dying eggs means buying a kit at the grocery store and dipping eggs in a colored vinegar mixture. However, for highly skilled egg artists, it means something very different.
Johanna James-Heinz has been trained in the art of Ukrainian egg decorating. It is an intricate process that interested her as soon as she heard about it.
“I had heard of Ukrainian egg decorating before and I though that would be really neat to do that. I happened to see an ad in a local paper for Ukrainian egg decorating classes so it was perfect timing and I took some in a small town west of Peoria.” says Heinz.
In the years since she began doing egg art, Heinz has begun teacher her skills to others, including at a recent class held at Allerton Park in Monticello. During the class, people were able to learn the specifics of how to create these unique works of art.