USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview The traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk practice of painting colorful, round geometric designs directly on barns was adapted to a detached disk format in the mid-twentieth century. Ivan E. Hoyt is one of the most celebrated artisans of hex sign painting, and in this detailed how-to book he shares his knowledge, providing information on tools, step-by-step instructions and photographs, design ideas, and painting tips.
Projects include rosette, star, tulip, maple, and oak designs. Product Details About the Author. About the Author Ivan E. Hoyt lives in Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania, and is a professional folk art craftsman, best know for his hex sign disks. He is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and has been selected as one of the top traditional American craftsmen by Early American Life magazine. Average Review.
Write a Review. Related Searches. Steelhead legend Lani Waller covers the essential elements of fishing for trophy steelhead with prose Two schools of thought exist on the meaning of hex signs. One school ascribes a talismanic nature to the signs, the other sees them as purely decorative.
Painted barn stars in circular borders are a common sight on Pennsylvania Dutch barns in central and southeastern Pennsylvania, especially in Berks County , Lancaster County and Lehigh County. However, the modern decoration of barns is a late development in Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. Prior to the s, the cost of paint meant that most barns were unpainted.
Barn decorating reached its peak in the early 20th century, at which time there were many artists who specialized in barn decorating. The geometric patterns of quilts can be seen in the patterns of many hex signs.
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Hearts and tulips seen on barns are commonly found on elaborately lettered and decorated birth, baptism and marriage certificates known as fraktur. Throughout the 20th century, hex signs were often produced as commodities for the tourist industry in Pennsylvania.
These signs could be bought and then mounted onto barns and used as household decorations. Jacob Zook of Paradise, Pennsylvania claimed to have originated the modern mountable sign in , based on traditional designs, to be sold in souvenir gift shops to tourists along the Lincoln Highway. There are two opposing schools of belief regarding the derivation of the name. The term hex with occult connotations may derive from the Pennsylvanian German word "hex" German "Hexe", Dutch "Heks" , meaning " witch.
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Before this time there was no standardized term and many Pennsylvania German farmers simply called the signs "blume" or "sterne" meaning flowers or stars. However one farmer used the term "Hexefoos" in his description. In recent years, hex signs have come to be used by non-Pennsylvania Dutch persons as talismans for folk magic rather than as items of decoration.
Some believe that both the Pennsylvania German barn design and hex designs originate with the Alpine Germans. They note that hexes are of pre-Christian Germanic origin; for instance, a circled rosette is called the Sun of the Alps in Padania Po Valley. Gandee, in his book Strange Experience, Autobiography of a Hexenmeister , described hex signs as "painted prayers". Some view the designs as decorative symbols of ethnic identification, possibly originating in reaction to 19th century attempts made by the government to suppress the Pennsylvania German language.
It is not surprising that hex signs are rarely, and perhaps never, seen on an Amish or Mennonite household or farm. Hex Sign. Get Hex Sign essential facts below. View Videos or join the Hex Sign discussion. Add Hex Sign to your PopFlock. Retrieved Amish Country News.
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