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Celtic Key Patterns
by Iain Bain
ISBN 0806907401 / 9780806907406 / 0-8069-0740-1
Publisher Sterling Pub Co Inc
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The Ancient Celts developed four principal forms of ornament: Knotwork, spirals, key patterns, and interlacing human, beast, bird and reptile figures. Until now, there has never been such a concise guide to re-creating the patterns for artistic puposes. Iain Bain, author of Celtic Knotwork, has written a complete and informative guide to the history and reconstruction of the work of the ancient scribes, destined to become the classic work on the subject. Included are color plates of the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels that show how intricate and beautiful Celtic design was thousands of years ago. The easy-to-follow construction methods for key patterns offer artists access to these classic methods. Bain shows that the simple disciplines of these construction techniques will inspire anyone to begin working with these fascinating geometric patterns in a variety of ways. [via]