frakturs and hex signs

Hi! It’s raining here in Santa Cruz. An event that has only happened three times since December. So, it’s quite exciting.

Through an old friend from Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, I’ve discovered fraktur art. I’m super excited to try some of this in the coming weeks. What do you think? It fits well with my hex signs.

Fraktur art, like hex signs, is also a type of Pennsylvania Dutch, German folk art. Frakturs were made for special occasions in life like births, marriages, deaths, etc. The pieces originated and were common in Pennsylvania, where I grew up. Frakturs are usually ink and watercolor and contain beautiful fonts. I’m particularly interested in the motifs for patterns. Here is a typical fraktur.

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I love this fraktur for a motif for a repeating pattern.

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Talking about Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, here is the completed collection of hex signs and am looking for a local Santa Cruz store to feature them for the First Friday Art Tour in Santa Cruz. They are also for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are on square, 15 x 15 reclaimed fence board. Here is some of the pieces in the collection.

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I’ve also been creating patterns with them in Photoshop. What could you envision these patterns on laptop skins. shower curtains, tea towels?

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Let me know and have a GREAT week.

k

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tribute to rex ray

One of my favorite artists died this week, Rex Ray. He lived in San Francisco and was known for his 1960s-inspired paintings, which were often psychedelic and filled with bright colors. Ray also designed concert posters for the Rolling Stones, U2, REM, and Radiohead. Here are some of my favorite pieces of art including his wood panels. You can find more of his art on his website.

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Ray had shown work at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University Art Museum in Berkeley, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, The Crocker Museum in Sacramento, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Cheryl Haines Gallery.

In 2013, he was commissioned to do a mural for the barricade covering the construction of the new Levi’s flagship store on Market Street in San Francisco. I just love his use of bright colors and that he did collage too.

Photo from Rex Ray's FaceBook.

Photo from Rex Ray’s FaceBook.

You will be missed Rex.

k