Words and gold

This, then, is for sale for The Lost Words in Devon.

£250, words and gold leaf. It’s a walk at Abermawr in early summer.

It is made from Chinese paper, typed on my dad’s old typewriter, stitched, using an old handle Singer sewing machine, with pure raw silk to 3 sheets of gold leaf that are remnants from an otter painting and the ghost of a labyrinth from the stone that was left on the beach at Abermawr. An idea of its size can be gauged by the fact that the gold leaf is 8 x 8cms, and the words are typewritten. It’s signed, dated 2018.

The words are:

Otter is a small god




Beneath summer trees a green darkness spreads.

Breathe in the scent.

A narrow stream runs fast between the trunks.

Ints song winds and twines with the wind in the leaves

that sound so like the sea,

and with the song of birds.


Fast between the tall trees,

then slowly the water spreads

across a wide reed bed where

martins, fast as fierce arrows fly

to gather food for broods hunkered in

burrows at land’s edge.


The stream finds its way then

through a bank of sea-smoothed stones

to stitch its way to the salt

where land meets sea meets sky.


Otters live here, between the dawn and dusk.



So, if you wish to purchase email me, and then, once secure, donate to the crowdfunder.

The Devon crowdfunder is on a stretch target now, as is the Doncaster one and the Hospice. All crowdfunders can be found here.


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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