Celtic Circle of Life

Celtic Circle of Life
Inspired by the ancient Celts believed in seven aspects of created life:
Plants • Insects • Reptile
Fish • Bird • Beast • Human
My original design Celtic Circle of Life © incorporates all these aspects in a symbolic format and traditional style. Padruig Designs are all original works by Michelle Marshall following in the style and tradition of Pictish and Celtic art.

Time for a logo

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.

Hound and Hare

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.

Aulde Grumps The King

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.

Re-imaging the Book of Durrow

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.