Unique Eggs by Ruth are real chicken, duck, or goose eggs that have been blown out, cleansed, sometimes dyed or painted with acrylics, sometimes left a natural white, brown, or green color, and decorated with freehand designs in India ink, paint markers, paints, or thread. Each egg is given five coats of clear varnish-like spray to preserve the design and strengthen the whole creation.
Doodling and drawing have been Ruth’s hobbies since she outgrew coloring books. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago, she went to work as a secretary and began serious doodling again, using a drafting pen and colored pencils. Eventually she decided to try the technique on eggshells, though exactly what prompted this urge remains a mystery.
Ruth wrote, “I find that the egg is a perfect and intriguing form for transforming two-dimensional art, or just doodling, into an interesting three-dimensional object. Having progressed through a number of techniques and styles over the years, I tend to repeat several of my favorites because creating them is such a pleasant activity. Over the past five years I have been creating more 2-D works – wall art and artist trading cards – using collage and the same techniques and styles used on eggs.”
Ruth’s egg creation was chosen as the “Wisconsin Egg 2008″ for the White House Egg Gallery 2008; each year’s Gallery is included in the White House permanent collection.
Ruth’s egg creations may be viewed at www.unique-eggs.com, at the shops noted on the website, or by appointment at her residence.