Pennsylvania Dutch Hex 13
Hanne Lore Koehler
Painting - Acrylic + Digital
This double unicorn hex is a symbol of virtue and piety. The tulips symbolize faith, hope and good wishes to all who enter the home. The leaves are a sign of fruitfulness and plenty all enclosed in a passionate red and gold scalloped circle of strength and harmony.
I have updated, refined and enhanced my dad's hex design with digital painting in order to keep this Pennsylvania Dutch hex series consistent. This unicorn hex design is available with or without the barnwood background as reproduction canvas, acrylic and art prints - an excellent addition to your country or contemporary kitchen decor, cafe decor, deli decor!
A little background:
In the 1980's, my dad, Otto Werner (1923 - 1991) was commissioned to design and paint a series of 24 panels to be mounted as part of the Waterloo Heritage TIME TELLER GAZEBO (see photo in this gallery) that illustrated some of the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex designs featured on many of the old Mennonite barns in the region. Each of these unique hex designs was incorporated into the gazebo design directly under the eaves.
An important part in the culture and traditions of the German settlers that created their new home in America and Canada in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were the folk art style designs referred to as hex signs. The Pennsylvania Dutch decorated their farmhouses inside and out with these hand-painted geometric designs, painting them on many household items, above doorways and on their barns. The elements that make up the designs all had special meanings from the individual colors and patterns to the birds or "Distelfinks", hearts, leaves and stars. It was their belief that these designs would bring blessings and good fortune to the home and family in the form of good luck, fertility, love, happiness, good health and many other desirable wishes. Today Dutch Hex Signs are enjoyed by people around the world who hang them on their sheds, homes, barns and garages, above doorways, in workshops, and many other locations.
March 10th, 2015
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