The Marvels of Celtic Design are not just a beautiful accident. They depend both on understanding how to create ornament and pattern, and on knowing how to devise a composition - a dazzling arrangement which is even more striking than its individual components. Here you can find the key
to these remarkable designs.
Jack Mackinder has divided his book into two parts. Firstly, he explains how the pages of the Book of Kells, the Book of Durrow and the other great Gospel manuscripts of the 7th to 9th centuries were set out by the ancient scribes. The author has re-created the precise geometric methods they used, explaining how you can apply these strategies to your own work. Secondly, he shows how to draw step patterns, key patterns, interlace and spirals to fit into the shapes created in the manuscripts. By following the step-by-step demonstrations you will be able to make your own designs.
With clear diagrams, many in two colours, and a detailed explanatory text, this glorious book is an inspiration for calligraphers, craftspeople and designers everywhere.
Jack Mackinder is a computer analyst and programmer, who teaches at the Auckland Institute of Technology. His calligraphic work has appeared in several Auckland exhibitions.
1st edition,1999, Pb, 96pp, over 330 black and white illustrations, 21 x 29.5 cm