Thursday, 18 August 2011

Exploring Celtic Knotwork.....work in progress

      I've recently begun exploring Celtic knotwork and design, with a view to creating a new series of  drawings which would express this style - the native style of the British Isles. Although I've always loved and admired Celtic work, this is my first attempt at creating my own designs.  The method involves a very high degree of accuracy in laying out the basic grid to which one works, and a high level of concentration in order to build up the intricate designs. This aspect of the work has a very strong appeal for me and I view it as a discipline....it's not at all surprising that in the past this kind of work was produced by monks who dedicated their lives to this form of artwork and pruduced stunning illuminated manuscripts.
     My own work will be much simpler...but will hopefully embody something of that particulary British flavour which was later carried through into art nouvou design and illustration...


     Work in progress...