Hana Váňová helps maintain regional symbols with her chosen patterns. “I was inspired by the roses of the Benedictine coat of arms, which I liked and styled as I pleased.”
One of the outstanding characteristics of the products is the consistently high artistic quality of the workmanship. That is why her Easter eggs decorate interiors not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad. The exhibition is open until April 17.
What was your journey to painted Easter eggs?
I have loved painting since I was a child and I always create something. I have painted on ceramics and glass, especially traditional folk designs. I was enchanted by the onion Chod pattern, I really liked the Haná pottery. I wanted to study ceramic and porcelain painting, but unfortunately I couldn’t go to school because of the regime and I was given an “internship” in a similar field. I studied glass grinding in Poděbrady and worked for Bohemia Crystal Poděbrady. After closing the Police nad Metují workshop, I devoted myself to glass engraving at home and started working in the Xaverov Hatcheries, where I was once again enthusiastic about the idea of painting Easter eggs. The way of painting Easter eggs was thus completely open and I started to try various techniques, such as engraving or wax painting. In the end, however, I returned to the technique closest to me – painting with a classic round brush, preferably number 0.
How are Easter eggs made?
I get eggs from friends and family from local home farms (chicken, goose, duck). I blow the donuts myself, which I then dry and disinfect. I then paint them by hand with a natural round brush, ideally as thin as possible. I use a water-based synthetic enamel paint. It worked better for me. It is stable and the weeds do not fade over time and retain their saturation. I then paint the floral ornament directly over the natural wedding color, or paint it with base paint. I use a wide range of colors both glossy and matte. The first painting lasts 1 to 2 hours depending on the pattern. The hardest thing is to hold the entrance correctly so that the paint does not break or smudge, and especially not to tap it anywhere. I will then either leave the finished dried egg as is or decorate it with a ribbon so it can be hung. I also create spring grooves, Easter wreaths and other decorations from Easter eggs, such as the traditional local girls’ Christmas carol.
What do you paint on Easter eggs? Where do you find inspiration?
I innovate the technique and the patterns chosen so that the Easter eggs survive in contemporary interiors. Of course, each little girl has her own manuscript, according to which she knows her work. I paint traditional folk motifs – plant motifs. I try to characterize the ornament chosen according to the model of our ancestors. I like to paint roses, they are closest to me. They are for me a symbol of the cyclicity of life and nature. For me, a rose is also a flower strongly linked to the region and the city in which I live. Currently, my strongest inspiration is the collections of the Náchod Region Museum, especially the folk painted furniture from the second half of the 19th century.
You have received the regional Broumovsko product certificate for your products…
Yes, and I’m really happy about it. After getting the regional product certificate from Broumovsko, I started to organize workshops in which I try to pass on my experience of production. I also think it is important to keep in mind and educate about the traditional form of Easter from our ancestors. With the support of his family, he frequents the Easter and craft markets, where I offer my work. I always try to show visitors the production process and the help needed on site. On request, I finish the Easter eggs on site, for example on behalf of the singer for whom the Easter eggs are intended. I also participate in Easter exhibitions and fairs in Poland.
Do you teach this technique to anyone? Do you have followers?
I try to. I transmit it at home in the family and I also try to speak to the public during the workshops. Above all, I try to arouse curiosity and the desire to create people.
How much time do you spend on Easter eggs? Do your hands ever hurt?
I decorate Easter eggs continuously in the evenings almost all year round. My hands certainly don’t hurt, on the contrary, the joy of the finished Easter egg is my driving force. Even happier is when they love Easter eggs and find their new owner.
Which eggs do you work best with?
Probably the best of the goose, it’s the perfect size. It’s a happy medium. Ostriches are already very demanding. The hens are probably the most typical, but I like the goose the most.
Where can we see your eggs?
My daughter and I founded “People’s Workshop 322”, through which we send Easter eggs to the world. We have facebook and instagram. We offer Easter eggs through a flare. Last year she filmed a Czech TV report about my Easter eggs on The Wandering Camera show. It presents the essence of my work. The shooting was not easy for me and I am very happy to have such a beautiful memory. And Easter eggs can be seen and bought at the Police nad Metují information center, which I am very happy about. I would like more places to be added.