- Hex signs are a form of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, related to Fraktur, found in the Fancy Dutch tradition in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Today some non-Pennsylvania Dutch people use the signs in a talismanic nature, although others see it as purely decorative, or "Chust for nice" in the local dialect.
Years ago, I made a trip to Lancaster, PA and became fascinated with the hex sign folklore and artwork. My family on my mother's side is of German descent so I guess it's no small wonder my interest in this form of art. Although I lived in an apartment at the time, I bought one for my home as a decorative piece.
It recently occurred to me to take the symbolism and create a work of art for wall space. Ordinarily, hex signs can be seen on the side of houses and barns. Why not bring the beauty and good fortune these hex signs represent in the form of artwork inside of our homes.