Alana Hawley Brings Pysanky to the Minnesota State Fair and Beyond

Alana Hawley turns eggs into art with her whimsical pysanky designs.

Cartoonist, illustrator and Minneapolis resident Alana Hawley started pysanky (egg decorating) when she was in high school. What began as an Easter tradition in her family quickly became a hobby for Hawley.

“Since [pysanky] is not a part of my actual heritage, I don’t feel comfortable selling any of the eggs I create,” Hawley says. And though she’s not comfortable selling them, she has found some luck submitting her eggs into the Minnesota State Fair.

In 2017, she submitted her pysanky to the State Fair Creative Beeswax Art competition and won second place. She put off creating her submission, feeling like she had to “reinvent the egg,” she says. “I eventually realized that mentality was keeping me from making anything at all.”

The Great Minnesota Get-Together holds good memories for Hawley. Her second place win is definitely one of them, but she has fond memories from going as a kid. “I spent most of my State Fair time looking at the animals and hanging out with all the beautiful, weird chickens and ducks and sheep. [It] still puts me in a great mood,” she says.  

See Alana Hawley’s art at alanahawley.com and don’t miss the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” this year, taking place from August 23 through Labor Day.