Treasures such as the Tara Brooch and the Lindisfarne Gospels, the earliest 'Celtic' crosses, and Anglo-Saxon poems belong to the 'Insular' tradition of art, evolved in Ireland and England, seventh through tenth centuries. This site offers a practical guide to the designing of Insular art, in a combination of descriptions of its tools and techniques and selected demonstrations of the creation of specific designs.

The copyright of any file within this site belongs to its author. Anyone may use these files without requesting permission so long as they are not sold, or re-distributed with alteration of any kind. Accepting the restrictions in this paragraph is a necessary condition to enter the site.

The complete Insular Designing website requires the Flash 6 plug-in. If that plug-in is already installed, enter here. Otherwise, the Flash 6 plug-in can be downloaded from the Macromedia website.

If the browser does not support Flash, then the Practical Guide to Coherent Geometry of Insular Art in PDF format can be downloaded from here.

Technical support and project management for the Insular Designing site has been provided by the Center for Advanced Research Technology in the Arts & Humanities (CARTAH) at the University of Washington. The animations were produced by Nicholas Z. Chen.

Robert D. Stevick
Professor of English, Emeritus
University of Washington


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