Why Anglo Saxon Celt?
Sarah’s Potted History of Britain (to be consumed with a pinch of salt*): There’s been a long history of raids and invasions by people from the rest of Europe, most notably the Vikings, Romans and Germanic tribes. The Iron Age British people, now known as the Celts, were pushed to the less fertile, mountainous Western and Northern reaches of the British Isles (i.e. Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Scotland) by the Romans. The Celts that remained in Roman England adopted the language and lifestyle of the Romans. After the Romans left, the Germanic tribes (Angles, Saxons, Jutes, etc.) moved in.
I’ve called myself an Anglo-Saxon Celt on this blog because I was born and raised in Wales by English parents, and I’ve lived in Ireland since 2000. I’ve always been surrounded by art and stories that have an Anglo Saxon or Celtic flavour. This flavour has permeated into my art, mainly through my use of interlace/knotwork and stylized animal designs. It is the kind of art that you find in illuminated works such as the Book of Kells or on artefacts such as the jewelry in the Sutton Hoo burial trove. I was received into the Catholic Church in February 2016 so my subsequent artwork will reflect this major change in my life.
I convert some of my artwork into digital form and sometimes I do pieces entirely on my graphics tablet. I used to use a drawing package called Manga Studio but now I mainly use a free piece of software called Krita.
In the early days of the blog I also shared photos of things I made. I love origami and crochet, which seem to me to be another kind of knotwork. They just use different materials like yarn and paper.
*Taking something with a pinch of salt means that it might not be entirely trustworthy.