In celebration of St. Patricks Day – let’s celebrate Celtic Art! Typically, Celtic art is ornamental, avoiding straight lines and only occasionally using symmetry. As the archaeologist Catherine Johns put it: “Common to Celtic art over a wide chronological and geographical span is an exquisite sense of balance in the layout and development of patterns. Curvilinear forms are set out so that positive and negative, filled areas and spaces form a harmonious whole. Control and restraint were exercised in the use of surface texturing and relief. Very complex curvilinear patterns were designed to cover precisely the most awkward and irregularly shaped surfaces”.
In other words – a ton of swirls, detail, and effort to make something awesome!