All my eggs have their own personality. As I work, anything I am listening to (music, audiobook, radio) gets infused into the egg along with the design. It’s funny – eggs take several days to make, and when I come back to an egg after a break – whatever music or chapter of the audiobook I had been listening to, pops back into my head as soon as I pick up the egg again and begin to work. Must be a brain-thing. But I digress . . .
The Four Suns egg (affectionately known as ‘Celeste’) is one of my favorite designs. I have made at least 38 of these multi-faced girls. I love the oranges and reds blending in the fiery rays of the sun. This is also one of my most difficult egg designs to make (hence, the price).
Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of my original egg (probably a good thing, I’m sure it was pretty scary) but it looked somewhat like this:
The evolution of this particular design began with an altering of the sun rays, which I changed almost immediately as seen in this early version:
I finally settled on rays (I was going for ‘shimmer’) and went on to tackle the face. The face has become the biggest challenge. Using the light-to-dark progression of the batik process, it is easiest to draw the facial features first using light colors. But it doesn’t look right.
And of course, during this creative process, I had to apply Celeste to jewelry as well. The jewelry design, too, has evolved over the years.
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