Sunday, 4 July 2021

Imminent 1, 2, 3

IMMINENT is the little zine I started in March 2020 as a response to concerns about nature and the environment. Numerous excellent artists and writers have contributed to date, and their generosity has kept my creative brain moving, for which I am most grateful.

Making the zine has become a process of reciprocity. Artists and poets have sent me their words and images, and gradually, as I sift through these wonderful gifts, themes and threads have emerged. I take these threads and respond to them with my own words and images, and eventually curate it all together into a small collection of creativity, woven together and presented in one dominant colour (the colour also suggested by the content) in a riso printed booklet.

I have loved making it, and loved the new connections it has enabled me to make with other artists and writers, many of whom I have only corresponded with and never met. I hope I will meet them all one day.

I would love you to have the zine, and so I have made it as affordable as possible. The cost only covers the printing and distribution, the rest is made by generous creativity and the love of sharing. I hope you enjoy it.

Red - Issue 1 - the material world

Blue - Issue 2 - ice and water

Green - Issue 3 - the other-than-human

forthcoming is:

Orange - Issue 4 - landscape and time

I am also working on a collaboration with Robert Hogg from Canada, inspired by a poem he sent me. The zine is being created as a result of our correspondence between Canada and England, and will span time and distance, memory, imagining and journeys.

There are a few copies of Issues 1 and 2 left. You can purchase Issues 1-3 for £7+p&p or individual issues for £3+p&p.

Read past posts of this blog to find out more about each issue.

Thank you for reading.


Friday, 23 April 2021

Imminent green (Issue 3)

The Imminent green issue gives thought to wildness - not the remote kind of wild of the wilderness, but the everyday wildness that is all around us and bumps up against our domestic lives. Industrialisation has brought us to where we are, exploiting all that nature has to offer, and the issue considers the notion of slowing down, and how to re-wild whilst acknowledging that we cannot turn back time. Poetry by Deborah Tyler-Bennett reflects on the impact of our first childhood encounters with wild creatures; Gerrie Fellows wonders at the objects that creatures leave behind; Mita Solanky retires an industrial wheel from its place of work and returns it to nature. With other contributions from Penelope Shuttle, Carole Miles, Andy Postlethwaite, Chris Turnbull and me, Jo Dacombe, we hope you enjoy the May issue of Imminent green. 

You can order the green issue below, or click subscribe for an annual subscription of two Imminent issues per year.


Saturday, 28 November 2020

Ice Flows

Ice Melting, Jo Dacombe, 2020

In producing IMMINENT, my zine of contemporary art and poetry in response to environment, I feel that I am in collaboration with other artists and poets. The work that they submit I then curate in a way that creates a flow between each item, a forwards and backwards flow, with one item feeding another. I also create my own work, which is often a direct response to theirs.

In Issue 1 I wrote about the material, and I often think about the meaning of material, the stuff in the world that we make things out of and that we touch with our hands. The images published in Issue 2 were important in their use of material, either in the way that the images were made through material processes, or through their reference to water, which then further inspired my own thinking and the work that I produced to tie the collection together.

Mary Hayes’ work, Ice Cold, was created using a solar plate printing method from an image of the surface of a rusty iron sculpture by Richard Serra. This image reminded Mary of ice floes that she had seen in Iceland, and the rising sea levels due to global warming melting the ice. I loved the idea that the image had been created from an iron surface degraded by water which then became an image redolent of ice melting, thus turning back to water.

Mita Solanky’s work, we all breathe the same sky, is a chemigram, made using household chemicals on photographic paper. Through this process she felt that the work referenced the crises we are facing in having polluted our environment for so long.

Helen Goodwin's image is a photograph entitled Shadowed Edge - Skipsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, where I once owned a small wooden chalet now lost to the sea. The photographed shadow on the shore tells the tale of that which was once there but disappeared with the movement of water.

I have been making microscopic photographs for a while now, in an exploration of material but also of things we cannot see with the naked eye. In response to Helens' image, I photographed watercolour paint on textured paper through a microscope, with a result that reminded me of a coastline, and referenced back to something I had written about in my book Imagining Woodlands about what happens when coastlines are viewed at different scales. A sense of scale, as well as time (time is also referenced in Helen's image) are both themes that are significant in climate change.

Ice Melting, Jo Dacombe, 2020

My own image, Ice Melting, (I'm showing two of the original images in this post) was made in response to the collection of poems and images represented in the zine, with those emergent ideas of water moving and transforming. I froze a block of ice and then photographed it as it gently melted over a day. Close-up again, the images are like landscapes or glaciers. My chosen image was then transformed again by the blue riso print process for the zine, which softened the image and gave it back the glow of blue that I wrote about in the glacier piece.

I have found the making of the zine a wonderful process, exploring my own ideas but also responding to the ideas of others. I haven't reproduced the work of the other artists here (to do so would not respect their copyright), but you can see the images I've written about in the current issue of the zine.

Click here to find out more about Issue 2 and to order a copy.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Imminent Issue 2

Issue 2 of Imminent is now available - my little zine of contemporary art and poetry.


Lockdown 2 caused Imminent 2 to be delayed - just like Imminent 1 - but only by a couple of weeks this time, rather than months! This was a relief as the recent sense of seasonable change is the perfect time to launch the new issue.

As the first frosts appeared and the wind strengthened, throwing rain at my window and flipping my letterbox flap, I grew impatient about the delay, knowing that the November Imminent heralded the coming of winter - beautiful poetry by Penelope Shuttle, Jim Caruth, Peter Dent and Rupert M Loydell, speaking of rain, snow, time and blue - I felt that this issue needed to be read within this span. Inspired by the poetry, and fluid images by Helen Goodwin, Mita Solanky and Mary Hayes, I wrote a piece about ice and water moving across the world. Water and ice is changing our planet and it's something I've been making work about recently, with my ongoing series of Future drawings - perhaps some of this will appear in a future issue.

How fitting too that the first issue opens with a poem by the wonderful Debroah Tyler-Bennett, A Charm for a Lockdown. This issue is timely and, I hope, will bring a little beauty to help you get through the darker months.


Issue 2 can be ordered below. Includes contributions from Jim Caruth, Jo Dacombe, Peter Dent, Helen Goodwin, Mary Hayes, Rupert M Loydell, Penelope Shuttle, Mita Solanky, Deborah Tyler-Bennett.
Imminent Zine
Issue 2 November 2020
A5 12 pages
£2 + p&p 

Riso printed with plant based inks on recycled paper

(p&p is for UK only, if you are outside of the UK please contact me)


Friday, 11 September 2020

Imagining Woodlands book

I am delighted to announce that the long awaited Imagining Woodlands book is now available.

Imagining Woodlands is a collection of short essays as a culmination of a 2 year project exploring human perceptions of woodlands.

In 2019, I created an exhibition of pages from my sketchbook of experimental images I had been making for the project. Once up on the wall, I realised that the images needed to be seen in a different way. They needed a more intimate experience, perhaps to be held in the hand by its audience. I also felt I had stories to tell, and so a book format seemed the best way to make this happen.

And so I have created this book. The book reflects on my work with palynologist and archaeologist Dr Suzi Richer and literature researcher Dr Freya Sierhuis to discover cross disciplinary perceptions of woods and forests. The text also reflects on my thoughts and memories of woodlands, and includes my re-telling of two folk tales and images of the woodland experiments from my sketchbook. It also includes a generously contributed essay by Dr Sierhuis.

The book can be pre-ordered below and will be posted out in about 2 weeks time. Thank you for your support.

Imagining Woodlands
23cm x 15cm
92 pages including 26 full colour images

Tuesday, 16 June 2020


I am delighted to announce the launch of Imminent, a new zine publication that I have produced, now available.

Imminent is a collection of words and images by contemporary creative writers and artists around the UK. I invited creative people who I know and who I know are wonderful to contribute to this new venture with me, to create a small periodical of responses to our current environmental context.

In editing Issue 1, I discovered thematic groupings emerging from the generous contributions from artists and writers. Their interests have developed my own, so I have written an introductory piece that sets the scene for the first issue, on the physicality of material.

The zine will not exist online, because it needs to be a material thing. I believe that the experience of holding something in your hand that is tangible and has been produced from the world, and considering how that thing came to be, as well as our relationship with it, is part of the environmental connection that we need to renew in our current times.

Imminent has been produced in the most environmentally way that I could, using recycled paper and plant based inks, printed through a riso printer running on sustainable energy sources.

I hope you will enjoy this new zine, which I aim to produce twice per year. The proceeds from the zine will go back to covering the cost of the next issue, so please consider supporting this and the wonderful artists and writers who have contributed.

If you would like the first issue, you can buy it through PayPal using the Buy Now button below (you do not have to have a PayPal account).

If you would like to join the mailing list to be alerted when subsequent issues become available, please sign up here.

Thank you.

Issue 1 includes contributions from Linzi Bright, Jim Caruth, Jo Dacombe, Mark Goodwin, Mary Hayes and Andy Postlethwaite.
Imminent Zine
Issue 1 June 2020
A5 12 pages
£2 + p&p 

(p&p is for UK only, if you are outside of the UK please contact me)


Thursday, 7 November 2019

Othering... and other writing

Enchanted 1, Jo Dacombe 2019
I am pleased to have a new article out, for Climate Cultures.
The piece draws on many of the themes I have been writing about for the forthcoming book Imagining Woodlands. It reflects on the way that we use language and mapmaking to describe our relationship with the natural world, specifically woodlands, and the effect this has on our perceptions.

You can read the post here: Othering - on Woodlands, Maps and Language

I am indebted to editor Mark Goldthorpe for working with me on this piece. As a result of his suggestions, I have started to think about new ways of using words to describe landscapes. I have also been inspired by some poetry that I have been writing, as part of a Twenga group  - writing Renga poetry as a collaboration on Twitter. Run by artists Paul Conneally and Gavin Wade, Twenga is inspiring new ways for me to think about writing. It's also just a lot of fun! Anybody can join in - read the current Twenga by searching for #twenga on Twitter.
Meanwhile, work on Imagining Woodlands continues, for which I am currently developing ideas for images to accompany a chapter written by Dr Freya Sierhuis. I'm very excited to bring all these ideas to fruition and I hope to make the book available in 2020.

Thanks for following.