Lu Gurley and her Ukrainian decorated eggs

Date: March 1987

Source: S1640 , Container 5

Type: Still Image

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  • One proof sheet with 9 black and white images (plus negatives). Gurley was born in a village in the Ukraine, where she learned traditional egg decorating (pysanky). Her family emigrated to the US just after World War II, and moved to Florida in 1973 (first White Springs, later St. Petersburg). Using a stylus called a kystka, she draws the designs with wax, then dips the egg into various paints for the many colors used.

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