Although the gifting of decorated eggs is typically associated with Easter, the tradition dates back to before the birth of Christianity. Originally meant as a symbol of springtime rebirth and fertility, the decorated egg has witnessed a long and culturally diverse history. It’s no wonder why. As a form, the egg is one of nature’s most beautiful — a perfectly curved orb that is both fragile and strong enough to protect its precious cargo. As a canvas, it’s the perfect surface on which to apply color and ornament. From traditional dyes to fibrous threads, each material seems almost perfectly suited to the egg’s iconic shape. Perhaps because of its small size or its lovely curving form, the egg accepts almost any embellishment beautifully.
To carry on this yearly tradition of egg decoration, we hosted a small Easter workshop at our office this week. Each of the 15 guests was given an assortment of pre-blown eggs and free range with an array of craft materials including colored strings, dyes, pressed flowers, cut fabrics, glitter, stickers and paint. Although we had an inspiration board filled with various egg designs (or an egg-spiration board, as we like to call it) and a few example eggs of our own, all of our guests wowed us with their creativity and originality, proving yet again how versatile and beautiful the egg can be. To see some of our favorite eggs and all of the photos of this fabulous event, continue after the jump! — Max
Above image: Some of the favorite materials at our event were metallic Sharpie markers. Just look at the beautiful golden details you can get with them!