Small fragile things

In the time between now and the finishing of The Lost Words I have been, odd times, here and there, gilding stones and placing them into the landscape. Sometimes by the sea, sometimes in streams, one in a castle. Here and there. No rhyme, nor reason for this.

In the gilding of these I am left with litter, a fragile thing, a tissue of gold leaf and paper. Some I have sent to people. They look quite lovely in a frame. These ones below I intend to use to try and boost the campaign to purchase a copy of The lost Words for every Scottish school.

If you want to be sent one then leave a comment below, and go to Jane’s Crowd Funder and donate £32.

£32 will buy 4 copies, for 4 schools. You can give more if you wish. Only the first 14  will get one, unless I gild some more, so count the comments above. I don’t sell the stones, for I do not own the stones.

Small and fragile leaves of gold, with spirals pattern enclosed. Some are creased from being wrapped around stones. I think their imperfections make them more beautiful.

Each one is different, and I am afraid I can only send out at random, otherwise chaos will ensue.

Each comment needs to be actioned by me, and I will try to keep on top of this.

Some, like the one above, below, were larger stones, so have 2 sheets.

I love the quiet peace of mind that comes from drawing these, carrying the stones, placing in a landscape.

I love knowing that other people sometimes find and keep them, sometimes just photograph and leave, sometimes move them.

I love that in Llanbedyr there is one still hidden in the bowl of a tree by a river. It’s been there for months now, watching the seasons change.

I love that there are some on the hill above where I live, hidden, that I can use them as markers for walking. And I know that some will be found and taken, and others won’t.

I love that some people get in touch to say they have found one, but others, finding, might never know where or why it was there.

The one below was left at Whitesands Beach today, at high tide. The sea smooth pebble came from Druidsden Beach.

If you would like one of the small and fragile things, then leave your comment and make your donation, and I will email you for your address.

Please share. Thank you.

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.
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49 Responses to Small fragile things

  1. laurie says:

    I can’t imagine the joy and magic of finding one of these beauties along a path or nestled in the rocks,, at home I hung small paintings and creations of wood and feathers in the forest on our paths and some thought it was senseless, who see’s it they asked but they just didn’t understand. Beautiful they are Jackie,

  2. PhilS says:

    Beautiful. I would like to join the queue.

  3. Wendy Havelock says:

    Please could I have one of these Jackie? A little bit of shimmering gold and magic to light up the dark days of winter…it will make me very happy. Just on my way to Crowdfunder to donate now …thankyou!

  4. Lorna Herbert Egan says:

    I’m probably too late responding to this opportunity but I am
    contributing anyway – I want to be part of the magic… This morning I was giving a talk about Children’s Literature in Wales and sharing books, raising awareness of writers and artists and the gamut of those involved – publishing,education,book shops and libraries etc. ,the work of bodies such as the Welsh Books Council and Literature Wales. The books starred – nurturing reading and enriching lives. Needless to say Lost Words was a key inspiring exemplar of nature ,art,passion and poetry which all agreed should be part of the experience of as many as possible and many left the gathering looking forward to getting their own copy to enjoy and share with young family members. Thank you in anticipation.

  5. I have pledged £32 to buy a some beautiful books for schools, a great idea and I would be honoured to have one of your leaves to frame above my creation station! I’ve loved following the stones on your journeys and always hope to come across one.

  6. Gav Clarke says:

    I love your work, and love these simple luminous things – just donated

  7. Nick G says:

    Hi Jackie – Nick here, again! I always seem to miss the auctions so hopefully not too late for one of these. Will donate (again) in a sec. Just got an email from Crowdfunder to say they are 25% there. We need to up the publicity!
    Thanks Nick

  8. Clare Shaw says:

    This is such an inspirational, thoughtful and beautiful thing to do… I would love one of your gold leaf papers if you have one left. I will donate to Crowd Funder now!

  9. Rebecca Christie says:

    A balm for the soul on a grey, drizzly winter day. I will gladly make a donation, but I’d like to know if you’ll send one to the United States.

  10. Sarah Ferretti says:

    I loved the exhibition at Compton Verney and bought the book … magical! The power of words… descriptive, evocative – we cannot afford losing them. I will donate for the campain and I would love one of your gold leaves if still available.
    Many thanks,

  11. Liz Hook says:

    I have just donated. Love these.

  12. Jenny Bigwood says:

    What a beautiful idea. And I was given a copy of the book for Christmas and it is wonderful. Thank you for what you do – it brings people a little joy in an often bleak world x

  13. Clare says:

    I have stumbled on your website for the first time and your twisty-turny golden labyrinths leading inwards and outwards seems to illustrate something I was reading this morning about looking for the treasure inside you. If there is one for me, I would be very glad. Going over to pay now. Thanks.

  14. Rags E says:

    Because a few golden souls of labyrinth stones found their way to me across the ocean – I wanted to donate to the project of putting your precious book into every Scottish primary school! It’s only fair and the least I can do to thank you for the journeys of heart and spirit I find here. I’ve made my donation. Jackie, you are a treasure indeed!

  15. Compostwoman says:

    I have donated to the crowdfunding, such a great initiative!

    Am I too late to ask for a precious gold leaf?

    I plan to use my second copy of The Lost Words with groups of children in the woods. But not my multi stamped precious first copy! That one is all for me 🙂

  16. Rachel says:

    Having bought copies for The Lost Words for the children in my life it’s only right that others get to read and experience the beautiful spells too. Hopefully I’m not too late for a gold leave – just lovely. Thanks

  17. Anna says:

    Are there any of these left? I’d love one.

  18. Sheila Crerar says:

    Hello Jackie,
    I have just found your lovely blog – what beautiful otters – and I love these. I would love a little gold leaf if you have any left.

    Thank you for the book – given to my niece and nephew who are too little to read it for themselves but are not too young to love the pictures 🙂

  19. Linda Henderson says:

    Hi Jackie
    What an amazing idea. I’ve just (at last) received my own copy of Lost Words as a belated Christmas gift from my step-son. If no-one had bought it me I was heading out to buy one as soon as I got home. Now I can pass that gift along and get a beautiful piece of your art to go with the book. Jane’s “mission” is inspiring!

  20. Will Young says:

    Hi Jackie. Thank you for sharing this magic with us. I would love one of these if one is available.

  21. I just went and pledged but what if the pledge level is not met?

  22. Maria J Lewis says:

    I’ve only just come across this entry and think it is a wonderful idea. Since learning of the stones I have thought to try to use gilding and feel inspired. So for that, your beautiful work and the thoughts shared about the stones, thank you x Please let me know how I can join the queue.

  23. Joe Marshall says:

    This is wonderful, Jackie. Very happy to have donated £32 and get this out to more schools. Do you have any of this beautiful litter left for me?

    I think I’ve now technically bought 6 copies of The Lost Words, one for us on the launch night (signed by you and Rob and now a most treasured possession) and one I’ve sent out to my wee cousins out in Co. Leitrim in Ireland which they love. And of course these four for the schools. It’s been quite a pleasure to see how much this has grown in reach and impact since you published it, I’ve very happy for you, you should be so proud of how the effect this wonderful book has had. When I read it it gives me the childlike wonder that I feel when I see a creature in the wild, kingfisher, kestrel, badger, they bring and excitement to my being and this book conjures that same effect. And of course it conjured up an actual kingfisher for me too!


    Joe x

  24. Amanda McLachlan says:

    This is a wonderful thing! It is such a magical book – it would be lovely if every child had access to a copy.
    If you have another labyrinth spare, I would love one, please.

    • Jackie says:

      It will be a few days, but with yours I will be able to show you where the stone also goes i think. I’m away to London tomorrow. When I get back I will do one and post to you.

  25. Avril says:

    The thrill to find one of those stones would be as intense as the feelings induced today by seeing your beautiful paintings at The Foundling Museum.

    • Jackie says:

      Thank you. It’s not the stone you get, just the fragile golden soul, shadow of what is left behind. The stones can only be found. Hope that is ok. Will get one to you soon, soon. I have to go to London first, to The Foundling, to do an event with Robert and Kerry Andrew.

  26. Sheila Christie says:

    I attended your Foundling Museum event last night and was moved by the magic of your and Robert’s Lost Words and Kerry’s stunning music. I will give £32 to cast the spells more widely and would love some gold to treasure.

  27. Danielle C says:

    I have been following the progress of the crowdfunder and am over the moon that the target has almost been met. I’d love to contribute for this last push and have just donated. It’s fantastic that every school in Scotland will be able to have a copy of your gorgeous book. I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy of it as a Christmas gift and will treasure it always. Please can I be added to the list for a sliver of gold shadow? It would most definitely be framed and a constant reminder of your beautiful work, but also of the importance of getting it into the hands of children so that they can read it, learn, be inspired and pass it on to the future generations!

  28. Katharina (Eva) Boehm says:

    Dear Jackie,
    love to add my little bit to the campaign as I believe with all my heart that we huamns are lost without or connection to the land… Once was one of those children for whom the school library – not even an official thing, just some books donated by parents and teachers – was a life saver on some school days, and just know that your books will find the children who are open to be rewilded.
    Feeling especially connected to this as I am looking forward to showing Scotland’s wild beauty to my beloved on our honey moon trip, and as a German, fervently believe in the importance of keeping and deepening the ties to my friends on the isle :-)…
    I would love a gold labyrinth of yours to treasure 🙂

  29. Julie Nicholson says:

    Popping over to donate… I’ve been keeping an eye on the Crowdfunder too, and hoping to help it over the mark for all Scottish schools. I see you’ve spent the day trundling up here so I hope you have arrived safely. There was snow this morning in Edinburgh but it soon melted in the sun. I wonder if you have a plan to meet with Jane to celebrate the final target being met!? Hope to get something shiny through the post at some point in time!

  30. Alison Sawyer says:

    I was given a copy of your wonderful book by my husband at Christmas, it has given me so much pleasure and I have just spent a wonderful hour with reading it with my grandson. So happy to donate and would love a shiny labyrinth if you have any left. Meanwhile we spend time wandering around Pembrokeshire, hoping to come across a stone!

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