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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17 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.

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