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Designs from the Book of Kells Book Review

By Angela Youngman Feb 23, 2011, 20:39 GMT

Designs from the Book of Kells  Book Review

Taking inspiration from The Book of Kells-an ancient illuminated manuscript that contains the four Gospels of the New Testament and was translated by Celtic monks-this crafter\'s companion features more than 100 designs that can be easily used and employed by artists. From interlaced patterns and stylized figures to intriguing animals and mythical beasts and birds, this collection will strike a chord with any artist who has an interest in Celtic ...more

The ninth century Book of Kells is a masterpiece of medieval Celtic art, a collection of complex spiral designs, interlaced patterns and images both religious and fantastical. Angels, birds, animals are linked in stunning lined designs. 

Judy Balchin has taken the best of these images and turned them into designs which can be used by artists and craftspeople.  She is very skilled at turning these stunning images into designs that can be easily followed or traced, yet without losing any of their complexity. 

There is also a useful CD containing yet more designs. Numerous projects are included, showing how the designs can be turned into book covers, boxes, letter racks, cards, plaques and pots using a variety of mediums. Embroidery, parchment art, tinwork, embossing and painting are used.

The illustrations clearly show what can be achieved with a little effort - whether you are skilled or not. This is a book guaranteed to appeal to artists, crafts people and embroiderers.  It is a perfect reference tool. 

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