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Travel In The Mind: A Journey To Positivity Through Art

Luke Walwyn reflects on why art and illustration can inspire hope in times of uncertainty.

An digital illustration of 2 silhouetted faces against a background of illustrated travel images.
Travel in the mind - digital concept illustration © Luke Walwyn

It was whilst working at Voir Fashion Magazine that I came across the work and philosophy of the late Diana Vreeland: Harpers Bazaar 1936 – 1962 and editor-in-chief of American Vogue 1963-71.

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it.”

As a visionary who communicated through vibes and images, Vreeland brought an expressive visual language to the viewer under the maxim ‘the eye has to travel’, which took them to a place where they were able to realise what it was they didn’t even know they wanted. Her words sum up her beliefs: “The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it.”

Embracing this philosophy, I was able to apply a visual direction to each editorial story to keep the viewer engaged and connected for longer.

What is 'travel in the mind'?

Travel in the mind is a concept that allows you to temporarily escape from your reality on a journey to imagined destinations, where you can become inspired to dream bigger. Through the medium of art and illustration to tell stories (where literally anything can happen), I aim to inject a lighthearted sense of warmth, positivity and hope to counteract the uncertainty and confusion that seems to continually pervade our lives.

And whilst you are perched at dizzying heights, why not take this opportunity to allow the allure of art to further your own travels in the mind.

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