Creativity comes in small packages, and Farha Ahmed’s upcoming exhibition Eggxotica, that features works made with egg shells, is an example of this. The artist has designed elaborate chariots, jewellery boxes lined with satin and crystals, bells and decorative stands — all made using ostrich, goose, emu, duck or turkey eggs. “Each egg has a different size, colour and quality, which has been used accordingly,” explains Ahmed.
She begins by cleaning and disinfecting each egg. Then, she employs techniques such as cutting, carving, etching, engraving, dyeing and bead work to give shape to her designs. Each egg shell is intricately cut, carved and decorated with pearls, beads, crystals, brocade, velvet and rhinestone chains. Some of her creations include a doll with a flared skirt and a tea set made from ostrich eggs; a swan made from a goose egg; and an emu egg with roses carved carefully on the shell.
“All eggs used for artistry belong to hatchery or farm grown birds only. No eggs are taken from the wild in conformity with international regulations,” Ahmed says. As for the cost of the works, the prices range from Rs 8,000 to Rs 1 lakh per piece.
Eggxotica is on from April 11 to 15 at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Colony.