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Cross carpet pages, with their richly coloured designs, are redolent of the Crux Gemmata (jewelled cross), which is symbolic of the Godhead. In early Christianity, veneration of images was banned. The cross was just one of the symbols of divinity that developed and passed into common usage. The cross recalls both the crucifixion and the tree of life, especially those cross carpet pages that feature birds, beasts and vine like forms. Birds were sometimes linked to saints. For example, within the highlands and islands of Scotland, the swan was linked to St. Bride and the duck to Mary. The dove is widely seen as symbolizing the Holy Spirit. The underlying geometry, as well as the shapes, colours and numbers found in carpet pages, have specific meanings. 

           
The painted area generally does not exceed 12 x 8 inches (in other words, average page size). If you are interested in any of the paintings, please contact me and I will be happy to send you further information. Priced from £350.

 The Cross of Bride and Mary

The Cross of Bride and Mary
The Cross of Bride and Mary. The main feature of this carpet page is the birds that
surround the cross. Traditionally, birds such as the swan, the duck , the linnet and the
oyster catcher are associated with Bride and Mary. The birds are not readily identifiable
as a particular species, nor are they meant to be. Birds are also symbolic of Christ in creation.
Here, they are in heptagonal formation: 7 being the number traditionally associated with Mary.

 Light of the Earth

Light of the Earth
Light of the Earth: another name for the Spring Equinox. This is the time when the new sun rises and brings illumination. It is the beginning of the year, of new life. The central cross is reminiscent of some angelic forms in medieval art. It is surrounded by four dove-like shapes ( the dove is symbolic of the Holy Spirit).



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 The Formative Principle

The Formative Principle
Egg tempera and 23 3/4 carat gold leaf, on calfskin manuscript vellum.
Image size 4 x 5.5 inches, approx (framed 9.5 x 11.25 inches approx.).
The main proportion behind the construction of this image is the square root of three,
which in traditional philosophy is symbolic of the formative process. The hexagon,
which can also be seen here, represents the symmetry of order for the measure of the
Earth, time, the basic formation of mineral crystals and carbon bonding patterns.
Root 3 divides the volume of a cube, which is the symbol of the manifest world.


Quarternary

quaternary

Egg tempera and gold leaf. The design for this piece
was inspired by the Battersea Shield, British Museum. The geometry is based upon nested,ie. quartered squares.




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 Small Tau Cross

Small Tau Cross
Egg tempera and gold leaf on calfskin manuscript vellum.
Framed size 9 x 7 inches, image area approx 3 x 5 ins.


 Spade End Cross

Spade end Cross
Egg tempera and gold leaf on calfskin manuscript vellum.
Framed size 9 x 7 inches, image area approx. 3 x 5 ins.
 Tau Cross

Tau Cross
This cross is based upon a mandala. The dimensions of the arms are decided by √2,
Phi and √3. The southern arm is longer than the other three. Image area 10 x9 in.

 Trinity

Trinity
Egg tempera and gold. The underlying geometry and symmetry is 6 - fold. Both 'six' and the trinity speak of the generative nature of God. Image area 9.5 x 8 in.


The Eight Circled Cross 

Eight Circled Cross

Egg tempera & gold leaf. This is also based upon the symbolism of Four-ness.
There are a number of different crosses in the design - some apparent and some hidden.
The birds, not representative of any one species, remind us of the bird imagery that
is symbolic of Christ in Creation, Mary, St Bride and the 'winged messengers',
which are the words and deeds of the faithful. Image area 9.5 x 7 ins.
 Stepped Cross

Stepped Cross

Egg tempera and gold leaf on calfskin manuscript vellum. framed size 9 x 7 inches, image area approx. 3 x 5 ins.