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Celtic Spiral PatternsSpiral Patterns (Celtic Design S.) The oldest and most characteristically Celtic type of design, spiral patterns illustrate vividly the continuity between pagan and Christian Celtic art. Spirals are a constant presence, from the art of Late Stone Age Central Europe, through megalithic temple sculptures, the La Tene bronzes of the Gauls and Britons, and Pictish jewels, to the marvellous system of Celtic art's golden age in the early middle ages. Aidan Meehan gives detailed practical advice on how to adapt that living tradition to the demands of modem craft and design, with the aid of abundant illustrations. Celtic Patterns.

Celtic Patterns Painting BookCeltic Patterns Painting Book (Celtic Design S.) A repertoire of Celtic patterns including all the main branches of traditional Celtic ornament and its use in decorating letters. Great works of art, such as the "Book of Kells" and the "Book of Durrow", were created by several artists working together, one drawing in pen and ink and the other filling in the outlines with colour. Here the reader is invited to fulfil the role of painter, while being guided by notes on the history of the designs and on the choice and order of the colours. This collection of designs, created by Aidan Meehan, is based on traditional sources, the great illuminated manuscripts and Pictish carved stonework, and includes the spirals and knotwork, geometric step and maze patterns, and beast, bird and plant designs which characterize Celtic patterns. The volume seeks to be of value to artists and designers interested in experimenting with colour combinations and techniques, as an introduction to Celtic art, and a gift for those interested in the Celtic legacy.

Celtic Maze PatternsMaze Patterns (Celtic Design S.) The brilliant, beautiful designs, decorations and patterns of the Celts, expressed in their metalwork, stonework and jewellery, and continued in the manuscript illumination of Celtic Christianity, are an astonishing art form whose legacy has fascinated both Celtic and non-Celtic peoples for many centuries right through to the present day. The versatile power of these ornamental designs, and hence their use as a source of inspiration for designers and craftspeople of all kinds, is revealed to the full in this step-by-step guide. Celtic mazes belong to an ancient class of spiral ornament which Celtic artists of the early middle ages developed with unequalled ingenuity and virtuosity. These patterns can even be drawn freehand following the method described here - a technique used by the ancient masters, now rediscovered and clearly illustrated for the first time. The beauty and simplicity of the designs makes them an ideal introduction to Celtic art, comprising delightful calligraphy and illumination which everyone can produce for themselves. Celtic Patterns.

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