Sher Elegance Eggs
April 1st - June 15, 2010
Sher has lived in Clayton since 1976 and has been painting and crafting since childhood. She has taken many Art classes beginning in high school, then in college and throughout adult-hood. The most recent was an on-line digital painting course. Her love for so many different art forms has given her a wide background that fits perfectly with going into eggery.
Her many years as a manicurist put a dremel tool in her hands and years of waiting for her daughter in gymnastics class lead to painting on eggs for the four hours a day spent in her car. The natural next step was to start cutting, hinging, painting and decorating real ostrich, rhea, emu and many smaller eggs. The larger eggs are her favorites because of their show factor. She has recently begun sculpting as an addition to her elaborate decorations. They are exciting and delightful with each fantasy of design enhanced with sculpt-ing, music and/or lighting. Each holds a ‘surprise’ in the fashion of the real Imperial Fabergé eggs.
The love of the real Fabergé eggs lead her into recreating her own version of some of the Imperial Eggs given by Czar Alexander III to his wife, Maria Fyodorovna, and by their son Czar Nicholas II to his mother, Maria and his wife, Alexandra Fyodorovna, who was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England.
Sher Elegance Eggs are created from scavenged items to form bases etc. When the egg is attached to the base, she adds non-precious gems, metals, cords and other trims.
Some disdain the real Fabergé eggs because of their decadence in a time when so many were hungry and enslaved, while royalty had such luxury. Sher empathizes with that feeling but also admires the beauty and design of those eggs that were created and went through hundreds of highly trained hands with the final approval of Peter Carl Fabergé himself. If they did not meet with his approval they were smashed in front of all those whose work went into creating them. The average time to create only one egg was approximately one year.
Sher Elegance Eggs were created for the simple fun of just looking at them and bringing a smile to your face.
This is the first time her eggs have been on public display and she is proud that they will be shown at The Clayton Historical Society Museum.
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Sher Elegance Eggs Exhibit