|Pysanky artist Ola Kryway with apprentice Mary Martin||Pysanky artist Ola Kryway with apprentice Mary Martin||Still Image||Artists|
Pysanky artist Ola Kryway with apprentice Mary Martin
- Three proof sheets (plus ngatives) with 86 images; 33 color slides. Images taken at Kryway's home, and include Martin and Kryway decorating eggs, as well as examples of finished pysanky eggs. Pysanky (East European egg decration)is created when patterns are drawn on eggs with wax, which then protects the covered areas from the dye that is applied. By repeating this process with different colors of dye, a multi-colored pattern is built up. Apprentice Martin was funded to learn from pysanky artist Kryway Ukrainian egg decorating, including preparing/selecting eggs, drawing design, dyeing, and the meaning of designs. They used both geese and chicken eggs. For more information of Kryway and Martin, see S 1644, box 11, folder 28. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller. The program was continued each year through 2004.