Varoom #39

Varoom 39 – the Nostalgia issue

Spring 2019, cover image by Manshen Lo

The Nostalgia issue of Varoom asks does nostalgia hold us back, or can it help things progress? And uncovers projects that bring a fresh approach to image making that references the past.

Illustrators referencing the past is nothing new. An illustrator’s task is to connect with people, and using shared histories, recognisable symbols and familiar aesthetics are sure ways to find common ground.

Our latest issue ponders the impact of the past on illustration today. Is our love of nostalgia holding us back, or can we use it to innovate?

With a redesign by Fraser Muggeridge studio and cover illustration in 4 colourways by Manshen Lo, Varoom 39 is an incisive look at what happens when the past meets the present.

An essential platform – It’s Nice That

Distant Memories Joey Yu reflects on the flow between reportage and memory with drawings made across the world.

Discovering Scarfolk - Emily Jost talks to Richard Littler about his dystopian fictional town, perpetually stuck in the 1970s.

New Nostalgia -Billie Muraben asks whether nostalgic illustration hurts or helps.

Finding the Middle - Aisha Ayoade talks to Joy Miessi about preserving memory in mixed media for her most recent exhibition.