After a long, drowsy hot summer here in Cornwall we are now at the edge of September. This morning as I fed the hungry fish in the pond I breathed in the leaf damp, mellow air that announces Autumn. I love the transitions of all the seasons but the richness of the change from August to September fills me with joy. Rich red berries on the Rowan and Hawthorn against the crisping dark leaves. Apples and pears not yet ripening but full grown.
September always feels like new beginnings to me – memories of the start of the new school year perhaps – fresh work after the dreamy slow summer.
Elementum 4 Edition 4 Shape
Elementum Journal Edition 4 Shape. I have been working with Jay Armstrong the founder of Elementum Journal for the past two years. The Journal is an unusual and beautiful soft bound book. It is full of wonderful stories and illustrations celebrating our relationship with the earth.
Elementum’s vision is to produce a publication about nurturing our connection to the natural world. Constantly inspired by the living world they believe that in better understanding it we will better understand our place within it.
This book gives the reader a space to reflect and absorb ideas away from the distractions of advertising, stories of human failing or imminent threat. Through the written word and the silence of image each edition brings together the scientist’s findings with the artist’s response to craft stories of transformation, exploration and intrigue. It asks questions as well as seeking to answer them, retaining curiosity and always a sense of wonder at the unknown and unseen.
Guided by a different theme for each edition, Elementum is published twice a year.
I have worked on all four editions and hope to carry on contributing in the future. In this latest edition I have explored the architecture of Whitney Browns essay about the Elan Valley in Wales, combining the rigour of construction with the power and weight of water and the wildlife around it.