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celtic motifs

John Frayne grew up in the rural South East of Ireland, an area rich in ancient mythology & traditional crafts. He pursued an academic career in chemistry until his interest in traditional arts & crafts became a way of life. After exhibiting in crafts fairs throughout Ireland, John moved to Perth in 1987 to produce & market Celtic Motif jewellery. He had workshops in the city & Fremantle before settling in Victoria.

Symbolic motifs have always been prominent in Celtic art. Spirals & chevrons were among the first abstract patterns to be used & appear in stone carvings dating back to 3000BC. Newgrange in Ireland & Stonehenge in the UK are renowned sites of early Celtic stonework & have been much studied this century.

Celtic knotwork, key patterns, scrollwork & plaiting are later developments in celtic art & are found in the classic works of Celtic scholars. The Book of Kells uses knotwork & plaiting to form borders around the script on its panels. The scrollwork use in animal decoration in the Book of Durrow is one of the finets examples of its use. The symbols used in Celtic art, form the basis for this range of jewellery by John Frayne.


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