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Infinity Knot (shirt 21)

March 17, 2010

Infinity Knot T-shirt

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today’s design skips images of green beer, leprechauns, and shamrocks. Instead of those, I wanted to try a Celtic knot. These are the twisting lines that interlace over and under, and ultimately form a larger design, such as a circle or cross. Wikipedia has an interesting entry about Celtic knots, along with some examples. A Google search will bring up loads of great images of these knots. Many of these are endless, with no beginning or end — the strings twist and wrap around with no starting point. These knots are also called Endless Knots, and Wikipedia also has an entry for this, with a great image of a complex endless knot on a Chinese dish. The entry states that endless knots are seen in a variety of cultures. I like this description of the endless knot:

The endless knot has been described as “an ancient symbol representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the Eternal.” (As sourced in the Wiki article, but no reference is given.)

When I read the endless knot label, I thought of the infinity symbol, which I particularly like. There’s just something about the symbol that, like the number 8 and an endless knot, has no beginning or end and represents something (a number, for example) without end. Maybe the shirts I did for Pi Day earlier this week have kept math with me.

My infinity knot t-shirt (pictured above) doesn’t exactly look like a Celtic knot to me, so it may not fit perfectly with St. Patrick’s Day. But I’m throwing it out there, and if you’re interested, click here to see it in my Zazzle store. It’s an original illustration. My infinity t-shirt (not an original illustration, but a font) is here.

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