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CELTIC DESIGN:SPIRAL PATTERNS
BY AIDAN MEEHAN
Thames & Hudson, London 1993; 160 pp, over 400 illustrations;
ISBN 0-500-27705-2

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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 unique system of design developed in 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 mnrlern craft and design.

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The brilliant, beautiful designs, decorations and patterns of the Celts expressed in their metalwork, stonework and jewelry, 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 successful new series of completely practical, step-by-step guides which together provide the most comprehensive collection of Celtic designs ever published

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A treasure house of ideas.... These are excellent books for anyone really interested in Celtic design itself, or for anyone interested in developing their skills in formalised design. Popular Crafts

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These beautifully illustrated books...are a must...they contain some very good advice. Books Ireland

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