HISTORY OF EGG ARTISTRY
From Ancient Caves to
Royal Palaces, eggs
have formed part of folklore and tradition.
Ancient Chinese gave coloured eggs as gifts during spring fertility
festivals. Egyptians heralded eggs as the source of all life. Romans
broke eggs to ward off evil spirits. Russians hung eggs from crosses
on graves to ensure safe passage of the spirit. Other cultures
buried eggs in farmland to promote good crops.
Australia we are familiar with the giving of eggs at Easter. A
custom that dates back to the twelfth century when red dyed eggs
were used in Church services. The red colour symbolised Christ's
Blood, the egg New Life.
the centuries Egg Decorating has become more sophisticated. It was
in the late 1800's this art was brought to popularity by the Russian
Jeweller Carl Faberge.
Carl Faberge was the most famous Egg Artist in recent
times although he never actually made or designed an egg himself.
made between 1894 and
1916 for the Russian Royal Family,
were his most
works. The Replica "eggs" were made of
precious metals and
covered in sparkling jewels.
All contained a surprise gift.
Faberge Eggs became the inspiration for modern Egg Artistry.
Towards the end
of World War 11 visitors to an English exhibition of Faberge Eggs
thought they would experiment with Egg Art.
Eggshells and Replica
jewels modern Egg
Artistry was born.
technology provides endless opportunities for new designs. Diamond
Dental Drills, Miniature Electronics, Clocks and Music Boxes are all
used to create unique
THE EGG ARTISTRY GUILD OF
The Guild first began in South Australia in 1982. Beginners classes,
workshops and exhibitions are held regularly to promote Egg Art.
Interstate and International seminars provide valuable experience in
advanced techniques. A regular magazine keeps members up to date
with new designs, materials and technology.
Phone now to join the
Guild or enquire
about Lessons & Supplies
or obtain a membership application form.
History of the Egg Artistry Guild of