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See below for a selection of the latest books from Celtic arts & crafts category. Presented with a red border are the Celtic arts & crafts books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Celtic arts & crafts books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!
This treasury of Celtic line art includes 100 designs inspired by the knotwork, spirals, patterns, stylistic figures and animals found in ancient Celtic art. The designs can be scanned, enlarged, reduced, or used same size, and they can be adapted, or mixed and matched with other images, allowing you to develop your own projects in innovative ways. Whether you are seeking inspiration for a new piece of work, researching an idea, or looking for different ways to approach a project, this book is rich source of imagery, with beautiful illustrations on every page. All of the designs are included in high-resolution Jpeg format on a free CD.
This bumper edition of Aidan Meehan's practical guides to the art and design of the Celts brings together three of his bestselling titles, A Beginner's Manual, Knotwork and Illuminated Letters. This practical, step-by-step manual provides an invaluable, comprehensive source of instruction and inspiration for artists, designers and craftspeople of all kinds.
The 101 Celtic cross designs in this title have been hand painted by the author and printed in colour and are accompanied by a black and white version of the same image on the adjacent page, ideal for scanning or photocopying, for use in art, design or craft projects.
The 101 knotwork designs in this title are all handpainted by the author and printed in colour, with each one being accompanied by a black and white version of the same image on the adjacent page, which is useful for scanning or photocopying for craft projects in art and design.
This course provides step-by-step instruction for anyone wishing to master the traditional methods of freehand Celtic knot design and teaches the reader to develop a myriad of patterns from a basic classical knot.
The Celtic-speaking Britons who inhabited England, Wales and part of Scotland in the 500 years BC left no written history. However, archaeology continues to reveal their artistic achievements. Jewellery, weapons, armour and the metal fittings of chariots and harness are magnificently decorated with fascinating and powerful designs. This introduction to the various forms of abstract decoration used by the Celts, asks whether their distinctive designs had a symbolic meaning now lost, or whether they were simple adornment. It examines the craftsmen's techniques, then follows the development of certain patterns and finally describes a number of surviving masterpieces, such as the Battersea shield and the Aylesford bucket.
Celtic Art is the only indigenous British art form of world significance and this book is a graphically eloquent plea for the establishment of this great national art to its rightful place in schools and colleges where the history of ornament is being taught. Until recently, the classical orientated art-world has regarded the abstract, iconographic and symbolic style of the Celtic artist as something of an enigma, a mysterious archaic survival largely ignored in histories of art. The modern trends away from realism and the interest of the younger generation in psychedelic and art nouveau styles provides favourable ground for the Celtic art revival which the widespread interest in this new edition seems to indicate is possible. When this book first appeared, it was hailed as a 'veritable grammar of ornament'. It is certainly an indispensable reference book and practical textbook for the art student and craftsman seeking simple constructional methods for laying out complex ornamental schemes. The entire chronology of symbols is embrace from spirals through chevrons, step patterns and keys to knotwork interlacings, which are unique to this particular Celtic school. There are also sections dealing with zoomorphics, authentic Celtic knitwear, ceramics and other areas in which the author pioneered in his day. This book deals with the Pictish School of artist-craftsman, who cut pagan symbols like the Burghead Bull, and in the early Christian era designed such superb examples of monumental sculpture as the Aberlemno Cross, the Ardagh Chalice and the counter-parts in the Books of Kells and Lindisfarne. Knotwork Interlacings, owing much of their perfection and beauty to the use of mathematical formulae, are unique to Pictish Art and are found nowhere else than the areas occupied by the Picts. The outstanding achievement of their art was the subtle manner in which they combined artistic, geometric and mathematical methods with magic, imagination and logic, the function being both to teach and adorn. Although incidental to the main educational purpose of this book, there is also an implicit challenge to the art historian and archaeologist. The author frankly admits that the evidence such researches into the art have revealed of a hitherto unsuspected culture of much sophistication in pre-Roman Britain, pose as many questions as are answered. Who were the Picts? Whence the Asiatic origins of the Celtic Art? The instinct to ornament is one of the most basic human impulses that seems to have atavistic roots in the primeval creative and imaginative characteristic that separates man from beast.
A study in the CELTIC DESIGN series of all the simplest forms of Celtic design, with instructions on how to draw and decorate letters in an authentic Celtic style as well as how to create illuminated manuscript pages.