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 converted some of my artwork into digital form and sometimes I have done pieces entirely on my graphics tablet. I used to use a drawing package called Manga Studio but then I switched to a free piece of software called Krita. My graphics tablet is currently out of action so I won’t be doing any more digital art until I can get it fixed or replaced.
On this blog you will also find photos of things I have made. I enjoy origami and crochet, which seem to me to be another kind of knotwork. They just use different materials like yarn and paper. I also enjoy gardening so you will also find photos of my garden and the surrounding countryside. There are also occasional posts on other crafts or pastimes.
I was received into the Catholic Church in February 2016 so my subsequent posts will reflect this major change in my life. I never intended to become a Catholic blogger because I don’t feel qualified. However, the fact remains that I’m a blogger who has become Catholic. It is such a major factor in my life that I haven’t been able to restrict myself to blogging about the original topics of this blog, i.e. my art and craft. Rather than abandoning my old content to start a whole new blog, I’ve tried to address the issue by stating the expanded scope of the blog in the subtitle. Some people might find “Catholic Content” a bit misleading. All I mean is that there is content written from a Catholic perspective, regardless of the topic, simply because the author is a Catholic. However, old posts from before 2016 may contain non-Catholic content since I was interested in Buddhism and so on.
*Taking something with a pinch of salt means that it might not be entirely trustworthy.