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26 April 2013

New Work: “Celtic Geometry”

KellsQuilt

This piece is a celebration of my Irish heritage, for the Viewpoints9 challenge “Image from Tradition”

Although my original inspiration was the “Book of Kells”, I quickly found that I could never duplicate the Celtic monks’ precision and geometric accuracy… and I didn’t have 8 years to work on this challenge.  It felt wrong to make a sloppy, amateur version of one of the real pages in “Kells”.  So I decided to go with a simpler design that included elements of Celtic illustrations from the Middle Ages: compositional balance and near symmetry, lack of negative/blank space, bold color, interwoven shapes and lines, elongated or stylized animals, flat perspective.

You can read more about this piece and see all the finished “Tradition Challenge” quilts on the Viewpoints9 blog.

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