Created for fun, I designed a piece to reflect both my own personality and that of my extensive book collection. The design and colors are based on the Hamsa — a five-fingered hand, and an important symbol of protection in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.
Typically used as jewelry or inside a home, the Hamsa wards away the evil eye — a malevolent force believed to bring bad luck and ill will. With that in mind, I also took inspiration from the decorative elements and style of traditional henna to perfectly blend my book-plate's purpose and aesthetic.
This piece contatins minimal text but uses two different typefaces: ITC Usherwood for the Latin script, and New Peninim MT for the Hebrew. The English letters spell out my initials within the three upright fingers, and my Hebrew name is written at the base of the palm underneath the eye.