Aidan Meehan has a great ability to
combine solid art history with the never-ending fascination of
Celtic artwork without putting the reader off with excess
pedantry. In this book in particular, his historic discussions
surprised me on several occasions. My initial belief that Celtic
art as an isolated form is that of a rank amateur, and Meehan
does a fine job of disabusing me and showing how Celtic decoration and
illumination started with oriental
influences which then mixed with
Teutonic and Viking to create a
Of course ,
the history is framed with Meehan's own
renditions of the artwork, each with
appropriate discussion of both their
unique features and the interlinked
development as Irish and Viking met
first in conflict and then in trade.
Since Meehan's primary audience is
artists, he spends the best part of the
book showing not just the patterns, but
how they are formed and woven into a
| This book is an
excellent clipart resource for those who have Celtic projects in
mind. It has a variety of designs from smaller, comparatively simple
knots, to intricate frame style knot work borders, bands, zoomorphic
designs, key patterns and spirals. There are also two complete
Celtic knot work alphabets, one uncial style alphabet, and another
that's not really Celtic but very pretty nonetheless. I've used it
already for several tattoos, and some graphics for my website as
well. As with most of the Dover clipart books, there are very few
Copyright restrictions, which is a great value at this price!
|If you haven't
seen the Courtney Davis Celtic t-shirts you may not know who he is.
If you have, you probably own several, and already know to get this
book. You may even have some and not realize it, many examples of
her work are sold at Celtic fairs. The designs in the book are clear
and good, can be used (with a little work with scissors, transfer
pencils and plastic sheets) for either stencil, embroidery, a
background for the paint-on stained glass decals, or scanned in for
any purpose you would like.
It's definitely a book to buy if you are
building your Celtic crafts collection.
|If you want to learn to
draw Celtic knot work, you need this book. It explains in detail and
excellently detailed color diagrams how to plot the points for many
different kinds of knot work. From simple two-strand braids all the
way up to interwoven animals, it is simply gorgeous and completely
easy to understand. I can barely draw a straight line, yet I can use
this book to create intricate designs for t-shirts, jewelry,
embroidery and more. I've even had a couple friends who are tattoo
artists borrow it to improve their techniques.
|For artists, designers
and craft workers
125 copyright-free designs depicting birds, human figures,
mythological creatures, interwoven patterns and more, all
meticulously adapted from centuries-old rune stones, religious
symbols, furniture, manuscripts, sword hilts, cooking utensils, and
|What is it about the
arts of the ancient Celts that makes them so fascinating for today's
fashions and jewelry, graphic design, and even architecture? It's as
though their ancient magical powers still cast a spell over us. Feel
the power, as you become familiar with the stories and the
representations of the 50 most important symbol groupings.
Illustrated texts reveal dozens of cultic figures featured in
ancient Celtic rituals, including wild animals and birds, reptiles
and fish, trees and flowers, numbers, spirals, crosses, circles, and
many other designs. Each spread depicts the qualities and values
they symbolize, with examples of characters and stories from ancient
myths that can be incorporated into your favorite designs today. 304
pages, 5 6/8 x 7 1/2.
||This is a great kit and
a wonderful gift for any rubber stamper. It comes with black inkpad
glued to the box top, 18 stamps, and a nice booklet that tells a
little about Celtic people, their history, & the designs themselves.
The images are not die-cut, but cut square as typical with plain
foam mount stamps. However, unlike other cheaper kits, they are all
ready indexed on a thin sheet of wood. Conveniently, there is a
permanent stamp index on the bottom of the box so you can easily
place the stamps back is their proper place.
A variety of stamp
designs and sizes are included. Designs feature mostly knot work and
spirals. The biggest is a circle about 2" in diameter. There are 4
tiny stamps that measure about a half-inch. My favorite image 1 1/4"
circle with knot work and three horses.
|Courtney Davis has been
one of the leading exponents of Celtic art for over 25 years. He has
exhibited his paintings worldwide and since self publishing his
first book in 1984, has been involved in the publication of over 35
more, many of which have become classics of Celtic art. He lives
near Bridport, Dorset, England.