The Celts, whose lands spread across Europe from Hungary to Ireland two thousand years ago, left a rich legacy of art. They were skilled metal workers, with a strong interest in gold, silver and bronze ornaments for themselves and for their horse trappings. In Wales, where the language and culture survive with unbroken continuity from those early times, the Celtic design tradition is still part of the living heritage.

Celtic Knotwork
Celtic knotwork was highly developed as an art form, from intricate ornamentation to dramatic symbolism.

Triskele
The triskele, a three-cornered knot, is common in Celtic knotwork. The Celts, in keeping with general Indo-European belief, held that life was tripartite in nature and continuous. The three corners of the triskele denoted the three parts, and the knot itself was the endless ribbon of eternity. The tripartite nature of life carried through to Christianity as the Trinity.

Everlasting Love -- Serch Bythol
This Celtic symbol of everlasting love is formed from two triskeles. The triskeles, three cornered knots, denote the three aspects of two people, body, mind and spirit. The two triskeles, joined together, show a circle, the everlasting circle of eternity. Thus the figure represents two people, joined in body, mind, and spirit in everlasting love.

Celtic Sailor's Knot -- Celtic Lovers' Knot
When Celtic sailors spent months at sea, they would often spend their free time weaving rope mementoes for their loved ones. The Celtic Sailor's Knot, is made of two intertwined ropes joined together as one. This knot, also known as the Celtic Lovers' Knot has come to symbolize the union of two into one.

Birds
Birds were favorite figures in Celtic art, often elaborately developed with intertwining. Birds often figured in the elaborately developed lettering of the Book of Kells.

Creyr - The Heron
Creyr, the Heron, was the creator of life among the Celts. Creyr brought the babies, much as the stork among the Teutonic peoples. Renditions of the heron are common in Celtic art, ranging from simple terminal figures to complex intertwined knotwork.

Y Ddraig Goch - The Welsh Dragon
Y Ddraig Goch, The Red Dragon of Wales, is the symbol of resurgent Wales. The Red Dragon was originally a griffin on the standard of a Roman legion headquartered in North Wales, but early on came to be associated with the fighting dragons imprisoned by Lludd and Llefelys. The significance of these dragons was pointed out by Myrddin, the Merlin of Arthurian legend, in the time of Vortigern. The two dragons, one white, one red, had fought for many years. The white dragon at first prevailed but in the end the red dragon overcame the white. Myrddin explained that the Welsh would ultimately, after a long period of adversity, overcome the foreign invaders, and maintain their language, lands and freedom.

The Rampant Lion of Scotland
The Rampant Lion of Scotland was originally the emblem of William the Lion in the 12th century, during the years when Scotland was independent. Since that time the Scots have used the lion to proclaim pride in their nation.

The Scottish Thistle
The thistle is the national flower of Scotland. At one time a band of English soldiers were sneaking up on a group of Scots at night when one of them stepped on a thistle and cried out, so alerting the Scots. Since then the thistle has held a place of honor in Scotland.

Claddagh
The Claddagh symbol of hands holding a heart, surmounted by a crown dates back more than 400 years and is generally associated with the fishing village of Claddagh in the west of Ireland, near Galway. There are many legends concerning the origin of the Claddagh symbol, but most agree that the hands symbolize friendship, the heart love and the crown loyalty. In the 17th century, rings with the Claddagh symbol became the fashionable exchange of friends or lovers, often becoming heirlooms passed down from mother to daughter.

Welsh Lovespoons
The carving of lovespoons in wood as a token given by a suitor is not now carried on as a widespread tradition in Wales. Today, lovespoons are more often carved by amateur craftsmen for sale, or made in the form of silver or gold necklets or other jewelry. The traditional design spirit of the lovespoon remains much the same however, using symbols of affection, hope, promise or inspiration. Never settling into a standard pattern, its form is restricted only by the imagination of the carver or designer.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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