Celtic Knotwork on Paper

I drew this for my thesis advisor as a "Thank You." The Japanese characters in the center say "Linguistics". The reason for this rather odd mix of styles is that my professor works primarily on Irish and for my thesis, I applied some of her ideas about Irish to Japanese. It was done in a combination of ink and acrylic on paper.

I've begun playing with the notion of encoding text directly into the patterns of crossing (and not crossing!) in my celtic knots. To that end, my first major work of this type was a cover design for the Indiana University Working Papers in Linguistics. (The cover will not be used.) The knot here literally "says" "IULC" (Indiana University Linguistics Club) 5 times, seperated by asterisks. If anyone's up to it, I challenge you to figure out how it's encoded. Feel free to e-mail me for hints and / or if you want more info about the method.

"Thorn in my Side"
Again, text is encoded into this knot. It was largely an exploration of assymmetry since most of my knots until now are very symmetrical. It was largely inspired Douglas Hofstadter and so, I did it as a gift for him.

No text this time - it was mostly a experiment in the versatility of blending ink... some successes, some not so much.

A logo design for the "Ally" (Friends of the GLBT Community) group at Indiana University. The word "Ally" is encoded three times.


An exploration of shape and my first animorphic. Made for my Dad for X'mas 2002.

A gift for one of my yoga instructors.

For another yoga instructor.

For another yoga instructor. (It's a series.)

And again. This completes the series.

"Source of the Sun"
An experiment in shape and a quite radictal departure in color for me. A belated Christmas present for a good friend.

"Rocket Man"
A gift for a friend. Yes, he is a rocket scientist. And it is encoded.

"Janet & Frodo"
This was a wedding gift for some good friends of mine. Usually I go for portraits for wedding gifts however this one was particularly appropriate. The groom also does celtic knotwork (although of a different style) and when we met all met we taught the bride our respective techniques. And the bride is currently one of only two individuals who have ever determined how my encoding method works. It encodes their names one either side and the year of their wedding in the center.

"Rat's Nest"
An experiment in asymmetry. Within the circles, most (not all) of the crossings are symmetrical around some axis or another, but the strands are not -- their widths vary asymmetrically. I'm not all that excited about the effect -- some parts are intriguing, others are not. Mostly, I think it looks like a tangled mess. Hence the name.