jo makes art!

about | music | collage | zines

all material © 2021 johanna coulson

hello it's so nice to meet you

central saint martins
2019 - 2020

university for the creative arts
2011 - 2013

i make a lot of noise and i make a lot of mess.

outside of my creative work, I'm really passionate about shinee & carly rae jepsen, the netflix Christmas movie universe and the australian soap opera neighbours.

photo journal

all material © 2021 johanna coulson


exit pursued by
my one-woman band!

cat planet studio
sweet mini melodies for animations and games. available at

games & projects featuring my music

Bombercat (OST Jam)
Squared (OST Jam)
Cyber Jukebox Hero (OST Jam)
From Dusk Til Dawn (LDJAM #46)

all material © 2021 johanna coulson


all material © 2021 johanna coulson


may 2021
a5, 22 pages
a journal-style zine about my experiences with my new puppy, sam. created for the 24 hour zine challenge hosted by swansea zine fest in 2021.

we went to japan
february 2020
12cm square, 20 pages
travelogue zine containing collages of photos, stamps and other materials collected during my visit to tokyo in october 2018.

shadows: a halloween zine
october 2014
a5, 12 pages
spooky photography zine. also features a short interview with brian viglione, who was incredibly funny and kind.

all material © 2021 johanna coulson

pop plants

Pop Plants is a digital zine for all ages! Find out the stories behind some of the world's finest floral themed pop songs and fun facts about the flowers that inspired them. This is a collaborative project between mother and daughter duo Tricia and Johanna Coulson who are launching this on 15th May to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Chelsea Fringe.


in participation with the Estuary 2021 Associated Programme

HOME is a project in two parts; a zine collecting photography and writing about my time growing up in Chatham, and an album of ambient music and soundscapes based on audio captured from the area. Or at least - that's the plan! Throughout the duration of Estuary 2021, I will be tracking my progress as I work on this project from start to finish. The final results will be posted here on Sunday 13 June 2021.

Saturday 22 May 2021
I suppose the best place to start on day one is with an introduction! So, hello! My name is Johanna and I grew up in Chatham for the first eighteen years of my life. I also moved back for a couple of years in my twenties. My relationship with the town is similar to how I would imagine a lot of people feel about their hometowns; torn between breaking away and moving on whilst feeling real affection and nostalgia for the area and the people within it. Though my life and work frequently takes me away from Chatham and the surrounding area that I call my home, something about this place always manages to call me back - there are a lot ghosts haunting this little town halfway between the city and the sea.

Chatham has a reputation for being a bit rough in parts; dull and dreary in others. And for some parts of the town, that’s true - as it is in every town, to an extent. But there are some truly lovely parts of Chatham that often get overlooked such as the architecture of our old buildings like the Brook Theatre, the view from the top of Fort Pitt and the way the sun hits the river down by the library. And that’s even before you start thinking about Chatham Dockyard!

My intent for this project is to be an autoethnographic journey through my past and present moments in this town; I will be revisiting old haunts that feature in my memories and photographs in order to create a collage of images and sounds that will represent my personal experience of this town. My intention is to create a zine and series of sounds inspired by this journey; right now I have no idea what this is going to look or sound like. It's exciting if a little daunting, but I will track the entire progress of the project here from start to finish. Let's go!

Monday 24 May 2021
The weather has been pretty grim lately but I wanted to get out and start taking some photographs around the riverside in Chatham. I took a trip to Doust Way, which is on the walk between Chatham and Rochester, to take some shots across the water. I'll probably use these in the zine. I'd like to come back on some days with better weather but to be honest I like the effects of the clouds in these.

Is it just me, or does this seaweed look like a map of the world?

I did consider making a zine about all the rubbish there is in the river, but that was too depressing, even for me.

Wednesday 26 May 2021
Recently I've been having a clear out at home, and part of that has involved going through old papers and photographs that have moved with me from house to house but I haven't looked at properly in years. It's brought up a lot of memories I haven't thought about in a long time. Obvious things, like old cards from friends referencing ex-loves (the cards from the loves were all ditched in the break-ups...), and notes in my late grandmother's writing. There are newspaper articles written about events I attended, some of them even including a photo of me. Some of them were even written by me (thanks Kent Messenger for the work experience!). Small things too, things I never even realised I kept, such as all the paperwork for my first job, right from when I met my future boss at a job fair as a clueless 18 year old. All it takes is a few words on a page and I'm back there, like a time machine.

I've put off doing this job for ages because it makes me so emotional and I find it really hard to throw things out. I get terribly sentimental over the silliest things. But at the same time, I think carrying a lot of these things weighs me down both literally and figuratively so it's good to have a sort out. Plus, a lot of the memories that are being triggered by this process are finding their way into words that I plan to tidy up and use for the zine.


twelve years on
and when i read books
no matter how
the author sets the scene
i still picture the players
in my old home
so i guess a part of me still lives there
haunting the hallways
like the lady who died
before we moved in


PUPPY! is a zine about my dog, Sam! I wrote this zine as part of the 24 Hour Zine challenge hosted by Swansea Zine Fest in 2021. You can download the PDF here.

all material © 2021 johanna coulson

live performance

A few selected highlights, as I've lost track of them all. There was a LOT of open mic nights in between. I'm currently on a break from performing live.

> The Cabaret Club, Oast House Community Centre

> The Cabaret Club: South Pacific, Oast House Community Centre
> Acoustic Sessions, Oasthouse Theatre
> Woodiestock Festival, Woodies Youth Centre

> ART31 Showcase, Gulbenkian Theatre
> University of Kent Showcase, Cargo
> Acoustic Sessions, Oasthouse Theatre
> Rochester Literary Festival, various venues

> Rat's Bay Shindig, Sun Pier House
> Rochester Literary Festival, various venues
> Arts Award Showcase, Rich Mix

> The Silk of 1000 Spiders (Icon Theatre), Fort Luton

live production

> I AM TABOO, Battersea Arts Centre
> Are the arts for everyone? Open Space, Battersea Arts Centre
> Changing London, Rich Mix
> Am I Pretty? with Theatre Counterpoint, Goldsmiths University
> Scratch, Nucleus Arts