It’s taken a while, but I have finally got around to putting some signage on my van. Not as flamboyant as my old dragon van,

but I think it looks quite elegant.

Both vans were done by Sigma in Haverfordwest. they are brilliant to work with. The dragon van was a complete wrap. This one is just signage.

There were two spare wrens left over from a trial printing. They are pixelated, but look ok, just not as sharp as the finished birds. I can cut around them with a scalpel if you wish, so you can peel off the backing and stick on your car, a wall or anywhere. I’m offering them for sale at £60 each (SOLD) for Lost Words for Powys. There’s only two so email me first to secure before donating. Put Wren in the subject matter.

And it would seem the van works as a magic charm, for who should appear beside it, but Mr Macfarlane himself. Not sure whether he was trying to rub the letters off!

I put him to work, writing, with ink made by his dad from oak galls and a quill made from the feather of a greylag goose. The first, below, on a card from The Lost Words, was a test to see how the ink flowed……and this also is for sale for The Lost Words for Powys. £50, and again, email me to secure, with ‘ink’ in the subject title.

The second was the start of a spell, Acorn, written in the oak gall ink, but the chaos of what was whirling around us led to mistakes. I think it’s still curiously beautiful. It is edition 6 of the book, and carries an extra line on the Magpie page and £125 will secure this copy, (SOLD) with words from Robert and acorns and leaves from me…… we both forgot to sign it, but in our own way, with hand written words and drawn image, both have. So, email, with Book as subject, to secure before donating.

There’s something about mistakes made that I love more as I get older, and make more mistakes, I guess.

Driving to Edinburgh via Ludlow tomorrow. Watch out for us on the road. I will be painting at Inverleith House on Saturday, and talking at Edinburgh Book Festival on Sunday, Golden Hare Bookshop on Monday.


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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7 Responses to Wheels

  1. Harriet Shannon says:

    I would love a wren for the reading room if there is still one spare!

  2. Barb Rogers says:

    Love the dragon van! May you have many safe and joyful miles in her!

  3. Stuart Hill says:

    Your appreciation of mistakes and imperfections sounds like the Japanese concept of ‘wabi sabi’. The beauty of imperfection. In fact, that’s the excuse I always use for my work; there are always so many mistakes and imperfections it’s definitely wabi sabi…!

  4. Bernie Bell says:

    “There is hope in honest error – none in the icy perfections of the mere stylist.” – Charles Rennie Mackintosh

  5. Andy says:

    Jackie, did you get my emails ref wren sticker ? I’m having problems with twitter at the moment.

  6. Bernie Bell says:

    This is nothing to do with Jackie’s wheels, or otters! I wrote this, and sent it to our local on-line ‘newspaper’ – The Orkney News. It was published today, and ends on a positive note. It would be nice to say “All’s well that ends well”, and, hopefully, that will be the case for Ehsan Abdollahi, who we hope will get there in time for his ‘slot’ in the Festival.
    However, it isn’t just about Ehsan Abdollahi – it’s about Government’s attitude. There are still people being refused Visa’s, with no good reason why, and not just for book Festivals.
    It also shows what folk can do, individually and collectively. Keep stirring the pot, folks – keep stirring the pot. Constant vigilance.


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