Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Family Fraktur

Our home is now adorned with these beautiful fraktur wedding and birth announcements my husband gifted me on Christmas. Shaun grew up in Amish country and is highly influenced by the Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. These fraktur announcements were commonly made for newlywed couples and babies from the 17th to the early 20th century in German-speaking countries since they did not have legal documentation of these blessed events. The tradition was carried over to the United States by the German-Amish communities.

After a few years of threatening to create these familial announcements, Shaun spent the long December evenings with pen, ink and water color in hand, unbeknownst to me. What an amazing surprise it was to open these up on Christmas day. We still have many blank walls in our new home and it felt like a ritual trying to find the right place, hang the frames, while stepping back to admire the art of our heritage.