- Series: Celtic Design
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson (May 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500276625
- ISBN-13: 978-0500276624
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Celtic Design: Animal Patterns Paperback – May 1, 1992
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This small volume is a presentation of the use of animal patterns in jewelry and decoration from the Sutton Hoo burial, the Celtic gospels, and many other sources. Meehan provides a basic historical discussion, but his focus is on how the designs were created. Using a patient style and countless pen-and-ink drawings in a book that is an essay in the calligrapher's art, Meehan has produced another valuable, living reference in a long series.
Whether you are a jeweler, designer, or a tattoo specialist, there is much to draw on here. The only thing I ever miss in Meehan's books is the inclusion of photographs of the original works. I'm sure Meehan has very good reason's for the omission, but for the curious, this is a bit of a challenge.
This book teaches the origins of animal style. It shows various belt, buckle and brooch designs. It then goes into dog, bird, and people patterns.
The book is best used when accompianied by Aidan's other Celtic Design books. I have 7 of the books in this series and love them all!
All in all this is a great book for someone looking to create celtic designs.
It's four stars if you're doing Celtic animal work. If not, you may not need to own this one.