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Compendium of Celtic Crafts


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Celtic Illumination
Celtic Calligraphy
Celtic Knotwork Jewellery
Glass Painting
Paper Crafts

About the Author

Judy Balchin studied art at Cardiff College of Art. Following this, she specialized in graphic design at Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone. After working as a graphics assistant at the BBC Television Centre, she joined Adverkit International Ltd as a lettering artist. This began her love affair with letters, producing book jackets, logos and television titles over many years. During this time, she also became involved in the craft world. She has appeared on television, worked as a craft demonstrator, designed craft kits and run workshops. She has produced more than twenty books on various crafts and is the author of many articles for craft magazines. Judy lives in Maidstone, Kent. Courtney Davis was born in South Wales, but grew up in London. It was his Welsh roots, however, that inspired a passionate interest in Celtic art. After a holiday trip to Wales he started working on a series of Celtic designs - and has ever since been inspired by the wonderful, intricate patterns, pictures of historical manuscripts and the art of the Celts. Now Courtney is a renowned contemporary artist, and his insight into the construction, balance and rhythm of the designs, as well as the symbolism and historical background has earned him worldwide recognition. Suzen Millodot has always loved arts and crafts, and is the author of the very successful books Chinese Knots for Beaded Jewellery and Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery. She is an accomplished artist, having taught batik for many years in Canada, Hong Kong and Wales. She first developed a fascination for decorative knots whilst living in Wales and later in Hong Kong. Her jewellery now incorporates knots from all over the world and from all periods of history, and she complements the knots with unusual and exotic beads she has collected on her travels. She and her husband now live in Wales very close to their daughter and grandchildren. She occasionally teaches and continues to make original jewellery and wearable art using knots and macrame. Vivien Lunniss' interest in calligraphy began many yerars ago with the gift of a fountain pen set for Christmas. Since then, the transition from hobbyist to freelance professional calligrapher has been achieved by studying hard and attending many workshops and courses. As a Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Scoeity Accredited Tutor, she is an enthusiastic and committed adult education lecturer. She also teaches workshops at various venues in the North West and is an external verifier for City & Guilds. Vivien undertakes both private and public commissions and lives in Cheshire with her husband and three children.

Reviews Celtic art, with its interlaced patterns, fabulous beasts and love of bright colors is enjoying a period of particular popularity at the moment. Here is a whole book of projects where you can paint, draw and craft all manner of items in the Celtic style. This compendium brings together projects from five earlier books plus a few new and revised pieces. Celtic art is different from most other styles in that it has to be constructed rather than just drawn, and this technique has to be learned before anything else can happen. There are some relatively easy to follow methods showing how this can be done (although bear in mind that this is a huge topic) with rulers and math instruments . I say relatively because this is not a simple style to construct and to do it fluently would require a very large tome indeed. But you can make a decent fist of it with this book, even attempting some of the advanced zoomorphic work if you have progressed that far. Having mastered the basics the book goes on to show you how calligraphy Celtic style can be done, as well as applying the methods to glass painting and papercrafts. A departure from drawing and coloring is present too in the section dealing with knot tying. Anybody looking for a challenge and something a bit different won't be disappointed with this book, although the purchase of at least one additional book on the constructing side of things would be advisable. Celtic themes never go out of fashion. They are intricate, intriguing, inspirational and can be used innovatively. This fantastic 192-page colour book is a showcase for some of the best crafters who use celtic design in their work. The front cover gives some ideas as to what to expect inside. The book is actually divided into five chapters on illumination, calligraphy, jewellery, painting and paper. In each chapter you will find information on materials and equipment, the basic principles applicable to that particular craft area. Examples are given of the craft and then the demonstrations show you how it is done. This book is so beautifully produced with the clearest of examples and how-to-demonstrations. The use of celtic symbols and lettering is exquisite, this is truly inspirational. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of work and who is inspired by Celtic themes. It is very reasonably priced and very useful. Drawing on the timeless appeal of the Celts, this book brings together a broad range of contemporary crafts and shows you how to apply Celtic art and design to jewellery making, glass painting and paper crafts. Vibrant designs, stunning projects and clear step-by-step photography make this a rich and inspiring resource for craft workers of all abilities. Celtic designs are easy to convert to punchcard or electronic patterns, machine embroidery motifs and will also inspire those of you who make jewellery. A great source of colour and inspiration.-Machine Knitting Monthly

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