April 09, 2007
Yes, it's a little strange for me to write not one but two Easter egg posts, since I'm vegan and don't even eat eggs myself, but Artist Friend sent me a photo of the Easter eggs they dyed at his house this year. Well, he'd told me about the eggs, and I begged for a photo.
Artist Friend went the natural route, preferring to use such things as onion skins, cabbage, and apple bark rather than the fizzy little tablets you can buy at the store. He spent a whole evening boiling weird stuff in big pots on the stove. I can just picture him stirring odd potions like a Shakespearean witch, filling his kitchen with steam that smelled like onion skin and cabbage and who-knows-what-else, joking with his son as he sucked him into the whole project, whittling bark off apple tree branches, wrapping eggs in cloth and onion skins and rubber bands, and making a total mess out of the kitchen. In the end, he produced a basket of lovely eggs with subtle colours.
Some of the things he tried – like beet juice or cherry juice – didn't work, while others, like the red cabbage, produced gorgeous colours. The failures, he said, were almost as much fun as the hits. And some of the experiments required patience, like being willing to soak the eggs in liquids overnight. He sent me some of the recipes that worked, and a list of stuff that didn't.
That is so one of the things that I love about Artist Friend: he willingly chooses things that are messy and complicated and time-consuming, and he has fun with mistakes and uncertainties. He will happily dive into a project that will lead to chaos on the counter and peelings on the floor and strangely-scented steam, and sometimes beauty, too.
It is a wonderful trait in a friend.
Posted by jo(e)