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The Fairy and the Seed

The Fairy and the Seed

“The bean had sprung up into a big beanstalk which went up and up till it reached the sky.”

These are the words of Joseph Jacob from his well know fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Jacob fertile imagination describes a beanstalk that has grown to immeasurable height. Today we can see these fictions made real-the genetic modification of plants has meant that mutant vegetables are not longer the stuff of legend.

My screen-printed and hand bound book combines motifs and narratives taken traditional fairy tales to forms a new and contemporary moral tale that warns of the dangers of GM of plants.