Celtic Alphabets (Anglais) Broché – 19 janvier 1998
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This is one of a series of books by Aidan Meehan.Others in his design series include;A Beginner's Manual,Knotwork,Animal Patterns,Illuminated Letters,Spiral Patterns,Maze Patterns,The Dragon and the Griffin , The Tree of Life, and Celtic Patterns Painting Book.
The author has carried out extensive searches of countless sources to find alphabets. In some cases, a complete alphabet could not be found. In those cases ,he developed what he felt would be a good representation of a letter missing in the set. He takes a lot of artistic freedom and this shows that Celtic Art,even though it derives from many sources over a longtime period,it is very active ,alive and still advancing and changing today.
There are 16 complete alphabets in this book. They are all based on Half-Uncials,and the author encourages you to develop your own letters.
There don't seem to be any real hard and fast rules that must apply to all letters,even in a set.It seems that if there is any common element in these alphabets,it can only be inspiration and imagination.
All alphabets are presented in black and red. This is not to suggest that other colors cannot be employed.
It is very interesting how the author handles particular letters between different sets and within sets.
In Alphabet 2:Cathach; the letter "i" has virtually no decoration.In fact,this letter carries a miniminum of decoration in all sets.In Alphabet 4:Bird Heads ;while most letters include a bird head;b,d,h,i,o,and u do not.In Alphabet 6: Lace Knot;f,h,i,j,n,p,q,s,u,v,any do not have knots,and look somewhat naked without them.There is a challence for you---add your own knots to them.Also in this same set,a small spiral has been incorporated ,Most have one,n and u have two;but b,d,h,o,and one unindefiable letter between y and z have none. In Alphabet 9: Swash Knots;swashes are on all letters except o.
One of my favorites is Alphabet 10:Trefoil;all contain trefoils,3-leaf shamrocks or clovers;i has only two,some have three,some have four , some five,some six,none have seven, but four have eight.
My comments are not meant to be "pickey" but to point out the possibilities and imagination that can be employed in Celtic Art.
Anyone with an interest in alphabets,and particularly Celtic Alphabets, will enjoy and be inpired by this excellent book.