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"A treasure trove of ideas....These are excellent books for anyone really interested in Celtic design itself, or for anyone interested in developing their skills in formalized design."--"Popular Crafts" This edition of Aidan Meehan's practical guides to the art and design of the Celts brings together three of his bestselling titles in the "Celtic Design" series: "A Beginner's Manual, Knotwork," and "Illuminated Letters." The step-by-step instructions provide an invaluable resource for artists, designers, and craftspeople. - "A Beginner's Manual" covers all the simplest forms of Celtic design with a clear explanation of both freehand and canonical geometric methods, as well as detailed instructions on how to draw and decorate letters in an authentic Celtic style. It also shows the reader how to create personal illuminated manuscript pages with the help of an appendix of tools and techniques. - "Knotwork: The Secret Method of the Scribes" examines knotwork and plaitwork in detail against the sacred background from which they sprang. Illustrations of motifs taken from famous brooches and carvings show how Celtic knots can be adapted for all manner of craftwork. - "Illuminated Letters" is a unique blend of history, anecdote, and practical instruction that recreates the schooling of the Celtic illuminator.
"'A treasure trove of ideas... These are excellent books for anyone really interested in Celtic design itself, or for anyone interested in developing their skills in formalized design' - Popular Crafts"
Introduction; A Beginner's Manual: Step Patterns; Key Patterns Early Celtic Spirals; Geometry of the Spiral; Irish Half Uncial Script How to Lay Out a Manuscript Page; How to Decorate Letters; Knotwork: The Secret Method of the Scribes: The Three Grids King Solomon's Knot; The Foundation Knot; Extending Knots - and the Josephine Knot; Building a Panel; Analysis of Plaitwork; Plaitwork to Practise; Division of a Square; Plaitwork Panel from the Book of Durrow; Spiral Knots; Spiral Knot Borders; Illuminated Letters: Celtic Illumination, the Early Development; Major Initials from the Golden Age of Celtic Art; Decorated Alphabet; Decorated Ampersands Animal Alphabet; Animal Ampersands; Angular Capitals.
ISBN: 9780500286746 ISBN-10: 0500286744 Series: Celtic Design Audience:
Number Of Pages: 480 Published: November 2007 Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 1.05
Edition Number: 1