Celtic Decorative Art: A Living Tradition: A Living Tradition - With a Brief History of Celtic Art

Celtic Decorative Art: A Living Tradition: A Living Tradition - With a Brief History of Celtic Art

by Deborah O ' Brien (Author), Mairead Ashe Fitz Gerald (Author)


This title presents an illustrated history of the Celts and their Art by Mairead Ashe FitzGerald. Decorative arts in the Celtic culture are world-renowned for their beauty, intricacy and depth of meaning. Among the most famous examples are illustrated manuscripts such as "The Book of Kells". This new book uses many of the ancient sources as inspiration, but brings a personal, modern interpretation to the motifs, creating new and exciting patterns and designs which will both inspire and encourage readers. Part one presents history of Celtic Art from ancient times to today. It is illustrated with photographs and drawings of weapons, manuscripts, silver and gold objects, embroidery and murals. Part two features new designs in lavish colour and black & white inspired by Celtic beliefs, traditions and decorative sources. Subjects covered in this title include: infinity, love, trees, birds, fish, animals, and water. It describes sources of inspiration, practical uses and symbolic significance.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
Edition: illustrated edition
Publisher: O'Brien Press Ltd
Published: 31 Mar 2000

ISBN 10: 0862785987
ISBN 13: 9780862785987

Media Reviews
'Celtic Decorative Art, by Deborah O'Brien, provides numerous patterns that can be used in drawing, stenciling, painting or any other imaginative medium. The designs are orignal, based on historical artifacts.' -- The Daily Astorian, Oregon
Author Bio
Deborah O'Brien, artist, poet and teacher was born in Dublin. She studied design, fabric printing and silk screen crafts at the National College of Art and Design, and later taught there. Mairead Ashe FitzGerald grew up in County Clare. She is a graduate of NUI Galway and University College Dublin where she studied Archaeology. Mairead taught Irish and History before working in publishing for many years. Being invited by OBP to write books allows her to indulge her passion for research into Ireland's history, archaeology and literature.