Author Archives: Jackie

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Soul stitching

She walks, and if A small piece of her soul was missing, Isn’t that always the way? In darkness the soul stitcher worked, Piecing the remnants together with silk thread, A stitch at a time. And all that remained of … Continue reading

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Stitching souls

For a while now I have been wondering about gold leaf fragments. Sometimes they are lovely. And for a while I have been wondering about stitching them together to make quilts of leaf. As Lambeth and Wandsworth is now fully … Continue reading

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Imagine The World: Hay Festival

So, imagine the world. It seems as if the human world is in quite a mess at the moment, getting deeper in, not deeper out. And the trouble with this is that because as a species we are, or feel … Continue reading

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More on the language of liquid

It is time to introduce you formally to the twenty-six otters of the alphabet. They have been made for me, from my original painting, by the wonderful team at The English Stamp Company. Now it is time to use them … Continue reading

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A tale of two illustrators

Once upon a time, not so long ago two illustrators were talking. Both were struggling with aspects of the world of publishing. Both worked hard for a living. Neither were particularly happy. And during the conversation, about crafting of books … Continue reading

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Home, with ink.

Too much travelling around leaves my mind unravelling. Back home in my studio I had a week to try and pull myself together for a photography shoot. Now, that’s even worse than being away. The more travelling I do the … Continue reading

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Words for sale

Words for sale. Small drawing of swallow, a sketch in pencil, will be added. £75 SOLD to The #AcornIsToWood campaign.   Written, on my dad’s old green typewriter, in between tidying studio. The keys are racing green. I need to … Continue reading

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#AcornIsToWood

There are so many crowdfunding sites springing up to bring The Lost Words into schools in the UK. Jane Beaton’s campaign in Scotland was successful and the books are beginning to work their way into schools now. In Suffolk the … Continue reading

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The language of liquid, continued.

I have to say that I hold Robert Macfarlane entirely to blame for what you will read next. For a while I have had in my head a desire to paint the twenty-six otters of the alphabet. Why? Well, in … Continue reading

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Spells and Magic of the Wild and Green Kind

This is a tale of some magic. An elemental story. It concerns an event that took place on Saturday in Cambridge when Robert Macfarlane and I got together for Cambridge Literary Festival to talk about the extraordinary wild life of … Continue reading

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