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Image Collection: Keywork Designs

Key-style patterns are found all over the world. For example, the "Greek Key" motif can be seen in art from the Classical Mediterranean to China. And, of course, in Celtic art as well. These clip art images represent a few basic keywork patterns in the Celtic idiom that I've been working with..

Clip art materials using Celtic keywork motifs are divided into the following categories:


Keywork Borders

These images include both horizontal separator "lines" and vertical backgrounds with left-hand borders. Please click on the bordered thumbnails to see the full-size images.

Where possible, the components of the borders are provided. That is, the left edge, the center (middle) repeated section, and the right edge are provided as seperate files. These may be combined to make borders of any size desired.

1.

The following panels are based on a simple key pattern used on a number of Celtic MS (including Kells) and stones.  I found it in [BainG] page 75, plate 1.  

a. Left: Middle: Right:
b. Left: Middle: Right:
c. Left: Middle: Right:
d.

e. Left: Middle: Right:
f. Left: Middle: Right:

2.

The following borders use a key pattern originally from Kells (unknown Folio) that I found in [BainG] page 78, plate 7.

a. Left: Middle: Right:

b. Left: Middle: Right:

3.

These tiles are based on a pattern from a part of the Nigg Stone (also found on Kells F29V).  This pattern variation (Bain refers to it as a "chevron" style) is found in [BainG] page 78, plate 7.

a. Left: Middle: Right:

b. Left: Middle: Right:

4.

These images are based on a key pattern originally taken from the St. Andrews Stone.  It can be found pre-analyzed in [BainG] page 81, plate 14.

a. Left: Middle: Right:
b.

c. Left: Middle: Right:

Keywork Tiles

1.

This tile is based on a pattern from Kells folio 27V, and was taken from [BainG] page 80 plate 11.   Tiles 1.a and 1.b are rendered as "paint on parchment", with 1.a light enough to use for a web background, but 1.b a bit too high contrast.  It could work as a Win background, though.  Tiles c. and d. are rendered as simple shades of gray, and could work as page backgrounds.  Tiles 1.e, f and g are an adaptation of this pattern to a circular form.  It is a novel form, but the adaptation is based on a concept from [BainG] page 81, Plate 13.  1.e-g could be used a page background, while h and i are rendered as "gold".

a.  b.  c.  d.  e.  f.  g.  h.  i. 

2.

These tiles are based on a pattern from the front of the Nigg Stone.  I found the basic pattern in [BainG] page 77, plate 6.  Tiles 2.a and 2.b are not rendered in a realistic fashion, and could be considered more abstract rather than Celtic patterns.  Tile 2.c is rendered more "realistically" as "carved stone".  Tiles 2.d and e use a slightly different repeating technique, and are both suitable for web page background use.

a.  b.  c.  d.  e. 

3.

This tile is based on a simple key pattern used on a number of Celtic MS (including Kells) and stones.  I found it in [BainG] page 75, plate 1.  It is the same underlying pattern used in Keywork Border 1.  Tiles 3.a-d are done is simple light shades, while 3.e is rendered as "carved stone".

a.  b.  c.  d.  e. 

4.

These tiles are based on a key pattern used on the Aberlemno Stone.  I found it in [BainG] page 79, plate 10.  The repeating pattern on this one is very subtle, and interesting when tiled on a screen.  All the images in this group are rendered in simple shades of gray, at two different resolutions.

a.  b.  c.  d. 

5.

These images are based on a key pattern used on the Golden Grove Stone.  I found it in [BainG] page 78, plate 8.  5.a and 5.b are rendered in shades of gray, 5.c as "gold" and 5.d as "carved stone".  All but 5.c could be used as web page backgrounds.

a.  b.  c.  d. 

6.

These tiles are based on a key pattern taken from Kells (unknown Folio).  It can be found (in a non-repeating form) in [BainG] page 80, plate 11.  Both are done using simple gray shades, and are suitable for web page backgrounds.

a.  b. 

7.

These tiles are based on a pattern from another part of the Nigg Stone.  This pattern variation (Bain refers to it as a "chevron" style) is found in [BainG] page 78, plate 7.  7.a and b are rendered in shades of gray, 7.c represents "paint on vellum" and d "carved stone".

a.  b.  c.  d. 

8.

These images are based on a key pattern originally taken from the St. Andrews Stone.  It can be found pre-analyzed in [BainG] page 81, plate 14.  It has a quite economical repeating group, as can be seen in the small size of tiles 8.a-d below.  It also makes a rather striking pattern when rendered as "gold wire" (see Tile 8.e) or "carved stone" (8.f).

a.  b.  c.  d.  e.  f. 

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