I responded to Alice’s beautiful poem, ‘Another Train Journey.’ I’m always interested in the lives of other people, and a train journey is a time I like to people watch. This poem really resonated with me as it portrays exactly this, being close enough to another human in a public space who you will never know or may never see again.

I’ve illustrated humans on train journeys from all over the world, from Tokyo to New York to Morocco. I also have a lot of my own photography focusing around hands and feet on trains. I collected these up and created three illustrations to go alongside Alice’s poem.

About Laurel Molly

I’m a freelance illustrator and animator based in Bristol. I’m always curious to look into human behaviour and the world we live in and report what I observe through my art. I make art with compassion, my personal work is an international collaboration between the artist and the subject. I tell stories through loose lines and gentle colours, carrying a powerful message of social justice. Recent editorial clients include We Are Europe Magazine and Pellicle Magazine. I want to continue broadening my strengths as an editorial illustrator, reporting on the current climate of the world through my illustration. 

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“In case of loss, please return to:” is a selection of poems beautifully illustrated by Alice Barkwell and complemented by a series of creative responses from eight other young artists. Check out the full exhibition.