An Irish saying..spotlight

The Book of Kells, The Gospels of Lindisfarne and The Gospels of Mac Regol, all iconic Celtic works, highly illuminated manuscripts of world importance. I have taken my inspiration from these eminent works combining content, style and influence when designing and writing this traditional Irish saying.

Uncial is the obvious choice, a Celtic script, which uses only lower case letters and typical of the period. The old Irish text required me to carefully design the relationship of each letter to create visual harmony in each word and also produce a balance across the whole piece. The translation beneath is in direct contrast using light Roman Capitals. I have deliberately chosen a contrast of letter forms, colours, size and weight of text to stress the Celtic theme. The illustration is a zoomorphic illumination, interlaced birds reflecting the overall theme... friendship.