I met my friend Kevin in the late 80s.
Among his many talents,
he creates Knotwork designs.
Kevin typically creates very complex,
free form knots and then tools them into leather
for his garb for the Society of Creative Anarchisms
of which he is a part.
Unlike the typical border work of a more standard,
Kevin’s style is to create broad sweeps
and then tiny inter-weavings to populate a design.
Creating knots of one,
two and three strands,
depending on the use of the knot it can become very complex
because you are not using any formulas or pre-made patterns.
I had asked him to design a cross for me and he smiled.
“I will design this knot
and teach you how it is done
so long as we call the amulet:
for my friend” he told me.
He had not seen her in years
yet wanted to dedicate the design to her.
He drew it in one sitting:
smiling the entire time.
It is an eternal knot:
one strand from beginning to end
forming the cross with the circle of spirit in the center:
the “Empty Cross” (He is Risen) design.
“she won’t mind” he told me;
“Think of it as a compromise.”
Kevin isn’t Christian!