In the late 1940s and early 1950s George Bain was advising the Kidderminster carpet firm of Quayle & Tranter Ltd. It seems that they asked Bain to produce some designs for a logo for the company. In our collection there are four different drafts. This design was the only one of them in which Bain tried to incorporate some Celtic ornament in the form of very angular knotwork.
It’s a shame, but there is no evidence that any of the logo designs were used by the firm. However, Bain supplied several rug designs, some of which were actually commercially produced. Quayle and Tranter also used other Celtic designs for their manufacture of carpets.
A re-imagining of “Christ Enthroned” from the Book of Kells, incorporating a prayer from the 13th century that was popularized in the musical Godspell.
My rendition of a Celtic stag. Freehand drawn inspired by Beltane.
The inspiration of this piece is my interest in both the Celtic hound and hare in Irish mythology. I also was in the process of developing a logo and I came up with this.
All work on this drawing is freehand pen and ink.
A multiple bird motif, both as an outer border and as a central triskele.
Tribute to all the wise women of the past, shaman, sorceress, healer,…
A loving tribute to Aulde Grumps who is a very feral cat who I have been feeding for over two years now.
Though he is a wild old boy he is still very regal and always washes after he has been fed, which was my main inspiration for this picture.
He now has two purpose-built cat nests in my shed and sometimes bestows me the great privilege of letting me stroke him, but not always.
A mixture of M.C. Escher and Celtic Art. Fish in a tessellation pattern inside a double-ring of a key-pattern.
Developed from the knotwork in a Marjory Tait workshop, I extended the design into a fish, changing some outlines into spikey tails and added fins and antenna. I intend to translate it into a felted piece with raised embroidery.
The initial knotwork was developed into a Chinese foo dog, inspired by my own dog who is very chow-like and springs and prances around just like the Chinese lion dancers.
The work is a reproduction of the opening double page of St John’s Gospel in the Book of Durrow. I have created the work on rag paper using archival watercolours, acrylic ink with added gesso and 24 carat gold leaf embellishment aimed at giving the modern viewer an appreciation of the. wonder and awe with which 7th and 8th century readers of the manuscript must have held the pages.
Made for my father, Jean-Claude, for father’s day.