Forget-me-not Exhibition by the Lettering Arts Trust

15th May 2019 to 26th May 2019


The inspiration for this exhibition comes from finding a wonderful book - The Lost Words - A Spell Book, by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. The book was created in response to the Oxford University Press deleting nature words from the Oxford Children's Junior Dictionary in 2007.

"This exhibition is not  a protest against the OUP deleting the words, but as insurance for the future against the words never being spoken or understood again. The stone carved pieces will reside in people’s homes or gardens, maybe in a woodland or marshland, but they will be there, quiet and unobtrusive, but strong and relevant for another 100 years or more."

- The Lettering Arts Trust

 The words will also be written in calligraphy. To see and read all these words together, will evoke a sense of loss, but also of determination to value what we have and attempt to hold onto their meaning and significance.

Emily Gosling reviews of the exhibition in Creative Boom [12/03/2019] and includes a quote from Robert Macfarlane

"We are living in an age of loss. Decline, disappearance and extinction are all underway in the natural world at alarming rates. This loss is happening on our doorsteps here in Britain; in our fields, woods and cities, where species from skylarks to starlings are slipping away from the landscape and from our lives. The work in this exhibition stands as a stay against this slippage.

What could be stronger than stone as a means of inscribing and remembering? Each work names and honours an everyday plant or creature. I am dazzled by the craft of the makers whose work is present here; by the combination of artistic vision and manual skill on display…Here is an artistic diversity that recognises nature's diversity, and seeks to preserve it."

A further review of the exhibition by 'Arts Industry' can be read here [13/03/2019].

Header image by Mark Brooks, Lettering Arts Trust.  Top right side image by Louise Tiplady,  bottom right by Trev Clarke, both Lettering Arts Trust

For more details about this exhibition: https://www.letteringartstrust.org.uk/events/lostwords