on August 20, 2008
At first glance, Celtic Folk Soul: Art, Myth and Symbol is a gorgeous coffee table book that showcases Welsh artist Jen Delyth's contemporary Celtic artwork. Yet the book offers much more. Her text draws from her extensive knowledge of Celtic mysticism, not only from where and how it developed in history, but how by its very nature it continues to transcend time as it is expressed through the arts. Interspersed are many delightful treats: stories from Celtic myth, selections from ancient poets such as Taliesin, Amergin and Aneirin as well as modern poets like Fiona MacLeod, plus tidbits of folklore handed down generation to generation by the people of the Celtic nations.
In Celtic Folk Soul: Art, Myth and Symbol Jen Delyth beautifully illustrates the intertwining relationship that Celtic cultural heritage--past and present--has with nature. Absolutely stunning with shimmering colors and intricate rhythms, if art could sing and dance, it certainly does here. In addition, the artist opens the door to learn, explore and intuit one's own sense of time, space, spirit, and creativity through the synchronicity of Celtic art, stories and poems. Anyone who needs a lift from the mundane has only to open the pages to be carried away to a fascinating otherworldliness.
on July 7, 2008
The Celts have produced wonderful art - but what does it all mean? "Celtic Folk Soul: Art, Myth, and Symbol" is a book of art and history, hoping to investigate the spiritual aspects of Celtic artworks. Going through the major pieces left behind by people who lived before Christianity reached the British Isles, and offering a look at how they interpreted both the mundane and spiritual worlds through their druids, "Celtic Folk Soul: Art, Myth, and Symbol" is a scholarly, educational, and awe-inspiring look at the Celts, highly recommended for both history and art collections.
on November 22, 2010
The Folksoul is paradoxically ancient and modern as it transcends all sense of time. Once I opened the book it was hard to put it down. Truly a spellbinding treasured book of vibrantly beautiful and evolutionary Celtic art, myth and symbolism that captures your imagination and heart and takes you on a magical journey deep into the essence of the Celtic soul. A book to read and re-read and learn, sense and feel something new each time you pick it up. Jen Delyth is an image weaver - masterful at using a transformative flow of words together with an impecccable art layout that together breathe new life into ancient legends and Celtic history of earth based spirituality. The sacred feminine re-awakens and the healing practices of shamanism and healing story are revived.
Jen Delyth describes herself as a part of a lineage of pattern makers and image weavers and sets out to "...sing the ancient language of myth, dancing with new cadence to rhythms beaten into our hearts long ago." She accomplishes just that! If you understand those words with your heart, then this book is for you - truly one you will love and treasure as I do.