The Seal of Solomon/Hexagram
Back in the Summer of 2011, I attended “The Art of Islamic Pattern” workshop by Richard Henry and Adam Williamson in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was my first formal lecture on how to create geometric patterns and Islamic motifs. The class was wonderful, as were the professors, whom I highly recommend.
Going into the class, I knew I had problems with my original “Alhambra” design. So, as soon as I returned home, I used my new skills to fix it up.
I was also motivated to start a few new designs. Unfortunately, I never finalized them … until this week. Now that they’re done, I wanted to share them with you and ask if we should go ahead and produce them … I might need some encouragement, so please give me your feedback.
Both designs are based on the same underlying geometric structure, and both prominently feature the hexagram. This shape has been used for centuries in historical, religious and cultural contexts, such as Jewish, Hindu, Occult and Islamic traditions. In Medieval Jewish, Christian and Islamic legends, it’s known as the Seal of Solomon. This design is commonly seen in Egypt, Syria and Turkey. See the examples below … I’m especially drawn to the bold and strongly contrasted stone inlay on the mausoleum of Imam al-Shafi’i. Which do you like best?