'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.'
So opens 'The Lost Words - A Spell Book' by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, published after the Oxford University Press began to delete words deemed irrelevant from their Oxford Children's Junior dictionary. The Lettering Arts Trust presents a celebration of these lost words of nature with this thought provoking and visually stunning exhibition of specially-commissioned works carved into wood and stone. Artists explore their own connections with these words so that, as 'bluebell' made way for 'blog' and 'bramble' for 'broadband', we can restore them to our visual landscape.
‘The Lost Words - forget me not’ exhibition at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings earlier this year, was a triumph in showing the skill and craftsmanship of today’s top lettering artists. Enabling a wider audience to appreciate these artworks will ensure the skill of these artists, and the loss of words from our children’s lives, are not lost, or forgotten.
The exhibition runs at Storey’s Field Centre for four weeks, 30th September until 23rd October.
All pieces are available to buy by contacting the Trust on 01728 688 393 and there is a fully illustrated colour catalogue available for the office.
The Lettering Arts Trust would like to thank Storey’s Field Centre for agreeing to show this exhibition in their incredible award winning venue. Special thanks to Eric Marland, lettering artist who lives and works in Cambridge, who had the idea for the Lettering Arts Trust to show here, and also Richard Brown, manager of the Storey’s Field Centre who has been so very helpful. Thank you.