Elementum Issue 1
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The first edition of Elementum explores the theme of Calling. Published August 2016.
We set sail on untameable oceans that renew the love of home, and revisit the enduring myth of the Mermaid of Zennor. We take to the trail in the company of Yosemite National Park’s black bears, and a writer recalls how the inspiration for a story was heard within a silent landscape. We reflect on the enduring song of the humpback whale, and a musician reveals how a long-dormant vocation was birthed. These and other stories will be published alongside beautiful and interpretative images from artists, illustrators and photographers.
Edition One is 144 pages, limp notch bound for durability and printed in full colour on FSC-approved uncoated paper.
Conceived, designed and printed in Cornwall
Elementum is a biannual journal that explores our place in the natural world through new writing, illustration and photography.
Founder, creative director and contributing editor Jay Armstrong was born and brought up in Glasgow. After university, Jay spent a number of years as an Army officer before leaving the military to work as a freelance photographer. When her Royal Navy pilot husband joined the Search & Rescue squadron in Cornwall, she and their young family followed and Jay went back to university to study for an MA in Professional Writing at Falmouth University. This is where she developed her idea for a collectable ‘journal of nature and story’. It was during her studies that Jay realised that her childhood fascinations with stories, pictures and nature had been left behind in the busyness of an education that separated the artist from the scientist and weighted profession against vocation. Inspired by the wilder landscapes of Cornwall and West Scotland, Jay set out to create a publication that explores our place in the natural world – a journal in which folklore sits alongside scientific findings and visual narratives carry as much weight as written stories.
Now living in Dorset, Jay lectures on publishing and multimedia storytelling at Falmouth, Plymouth, and Kent University. She founded the Porthleven Literary Festival and is becoming a regular at the Port Eliot festival interviewing nature writers.