The Lost Words – Jackie Morris & Robert McFarlane

‘Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty’  Observer

“Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children.  They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed – fading away like water on stone. The words were those that children used to name the  natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker… gone! Fern, heather, kingfisher, otter, raven, willow, wren – all of them gone!  The words were be-coming lost…”   

The Lost Words is a spell book that seeks to conjure the near-lost magic, beauty and strangeness of the nature that surrounds us, for readers both young and old. Taking the form of twenty ‘lost’ words, collected alphabetically from ‘Acorn’ to ‘Wren’ each word becomes  a spell – written by Robert Macfarlane, which is intended to be read aloud. The images – painted by Jackie Morris, capture first the absence of the plant or creature within its habitat and then its return. The spell summons the image and the word back into being, making this a book of enchantment in more than one sense.

The virtual world is moving decisively to the centre of modern  childhood experience. A research paper by Cambridge University  conservationists found that 8- to 11- year-old school children were ‘substantially better’ at identifying common Pokemon characters than common species of British wildlife. This is not surprising when a 2016 survey showed that three-quarters of British children spend less time outdoors than prisoners do. And while children’s knowledge and experience of nature is being lost, we’re also undergoing a drastic decline of species and habitat in the UK. 53% of species in the UK are in decline, but 52% of the British public are unaware of it.

It is this situation Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris seek to address with their unique book, bringing back an experience of nature as astonishing, strange, beautiful, eerie, and magic

X4229 Kingfisher 3/145 – Premium Edition
X4229 Kingfisher 3/145 – Premium Edition
Mounted and framed limited edition print on 315gsm 100% cotton rag paper With hand applied gold leaf and handwritten spell quotation by Robert McFarlane   Image: 28cm x 38cm Outside frame size: 55.5cm x 70cm
£600.00 Add to cart
X4230 Heron 3/145 – Premium Edition
X4230 Heron 3/145 – Premium Edition
Mounted and framed limited edition print on 315gsm 100% cotton rag paper With hand applied gold leaf and handwritten spell quotation by Robert McFarlane   Image: 28cm x 38cm Outside frame size: 55.5cm x 70cm
£600.00 Add to cart
X4232 Otter 3/145 – Premium Edition
X4232 Otter 3/145 – Premium Edition
Mounted and framed limited edition print on 315gsm 100% cotton rag paper With hand applied gold leaf and handwritten spell quotation by Robert McFarlane   Image: 28cm x 38cm Outside frame size: 55.5cm x 70cm
£600.00 Add to cart
X4234 Heron In Flight 3/145 – Premium Edition
X4234 Heron In Flight 3/145 – Premium Edition
Mounted and framed  signed limited edition print on 315gsm 100% cotton rag paper with hand drawn pencil remarque by Jackie Morris and handwritten spell quotation by Robert McFarlane   Image: 53cm x 36cm Outside frame size: 80cm x 68cm
£630.00 Add to cart
X4235 Kingfishers 3/145 – Premium Edition
X4235 Kingfishers 3/145 – Premium Edition
Mounted and framed  signed limited edition print on 315gsm 100% cotton rag paper with hand drawn pencil remarque by Jackie Morris and handwritten spell quotation by Robert McFarlane   Image: 53cm x 36cm Outside frame size: 80cm x 68cm
£630.00 Add to cart
X4236 Otters 3/145 – Premium Edition
X4236 Otters 3/145 – Premium Edition
Mounted and framed  signed limited edition print on 315gsm 100% cotton rag paper with hand drawn pencil remarque by Jackie Morris and handwritten spell quotation by Robert McFarlane   Image: 53cm x 36cm Outside frame size: 80cm x 68cm
£630.00 Add to cart