Élan’s Spring Online Edition’s accepted pieces all tell a story of their own that is brought together nicely through the fantastic art. In this issue, my personal favourite art pieces are the ones that are showing their own style in a unique way like Post Humous by Alli Russel, Composition 9721 by Tamia Brinkley, and Wonder by Kaitlyn Griffin. These are types of pieces that Élan rarely sees in our editions, and I’m glad that these interesting art works are being showcased.
The most exciting aspect of this new Spring Online Edition is the new layout that was implemented. Élan is always looking for new ways to fresh up our brand while still engaging our audience and still being familiar. This new format of the book is a small change, but it is one that makes Élan look different from what we have been doing for so long. As the Senior Layout and Design Editor, I am extremely proud of my Junior counterpart, Jasper Darnell, in undertaking this new idea and being flexible and excited for change. I feel like what was accomplished during these difficult times was outstanding, and I’m so happy to be able to see everyone’s hard work pay off.
For written pieces accepted into Élan, I have a few pieces that hold a special place in my heart like: “Primal Instinct” by Sofia Miller; “Oranges” by Breana Kinchen; “tiger, what it means to leave behind” by Jaden Crowder. Out of these pieces, the one that struck me the most was “Oranges” by Breana Kinchen because of the intimate connections and memories that are being shown within this piece. When I first read this poem, I could feel the nostalgia and truthfulness that was unique to this speaker. This poem sets itself nicely into the book, but is also a piece that stands alone strongly.
This 2020 Spring Online Edition is an exciting issue!
– Luz Mañunga, Senior Layout and Design Editor