The Big Egg Hunt

We’re sure many of you will be aware of The Big Egg Hunt, in association with Fabergé, that’s been happening in and around London during the past few weeks. The high-profile event has been organised to raise funds for two charities – Action for Children and Elephant family. Over 200 uniquely crafted eggs, created by leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers, have been hidden across the capital this Easter. The eggs will go on to be exhibited at “The Grand Eggstravaganza” in The Covent Garden Piazza, from 3-9 April, and sold to the highest bidders.

We have been following the progress of the egg hunt, not only because it’s supporting such brilliant causes, but also because one of our lovely sellers, designer Joanne Holbrook, has designed one of the infamous eggs! She says: ”I am so thrilled to be taking part in such an exciting event for two worthy charities. There have been a lot of late nights and help from friends and family but I am chuffed to bits that my design was chosen and that it will go towards raising some much needed funds for the two charities.”

She also talked us through the process involved in creating her unique egg…

“The fiberglass egg arrived unprimed – luckily for me my brother restores vintage and classic cars for a living, so he primed and sprayed it for me.”

“I templated all of the elements in paper first to make sure everything was sized correctly and then had to send all the images I had created to a local sign company who printed vinyl stickers of each element of the alphabet.”

“Then early one Sunday morning, armed with a tin of leftover Christmas biscuits and copious cups of tea, myself and my brother set about covering the egg.”

“My brother then took the egg away and lacquered the surface to seal the vinyl and protect the egg from getting scratched.”

“It took a lot of work, but we were so excited to get the finished result and my children loved it!”

The egg has been placed in a secret location in London, where it will remain until the campaign comes to a close this weekend. If anyone has spotted it, do let us know!

Joanne has also created a print that replicates the design of her London-inspired egg. We just love all the little characters – this would make a lovely addition to a child’s nursery or playroom…

Massive congratulations to Joanne for being selected to be involved in such a prestigious event – we’re really proud!

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  1. Thanks for this post. It’s really interesting to see a brilliant project during the creation stages. Although I have not seen Joanne’s egg in person I did see it on this blog:
    http://www.smittenbybritain.com/2012/04/british-photo-of-the-week-the-big-egg-hunt-london-2012/. Just wait until I post on that blog that the blogger can come here to read about the egg’s creation. And I am even more pleasantly surprised to see that she created a print as well. Brilliant!

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