This year’s Culture and Discovery brochure features an illustration of the magical UNESCO world heritage site, Halong Bay, which is located in the north of Vietnam. The cycling brochure features a South American landscape featuring the iconic chichen itza..
The artist behind these illustrations is Martina Crepulia. This talented visual developer has used her artistic style to showcase Exodus’ special adventure experiences through several colourful 2D conceptual landscapes.
Believe it or not Martina didn’t always believe she could be an artist, even though her father was a painter.
“I always thought maybe I would work in chemistry,” admits the Bosnia and Herzegovinian illustrator, adding that growing up in Bosnia meant stability was an important quality in a career. “But then, I started to feel like perhaps I could be more. Choosing to study art was certainly a leap of faith – I’m glad I took it.”
But Martina is more than just a talented artist. She is also a passionate advocate for encouraging and supporting children through art. A portion of her fees will be donated to Exodus’ Inspiration Project, which she has volunteered to do herself. The project is an initiative that takes disadvantaged children from all around the world on exciting adventures in their homelands. “I believe that children have the potential to build a better future, but only if they are encouraged to do so,” she says, explaining that as a globetrotter herself, she understands the influence travel can have on a person’s sense of identity, and confidence.
Martina is always looking for different ways to give back and been part of the Inspiration project as working on the Exodus brochure collections seemed fit in perfectly. In fact there was one initiative in particular that seemed to convince her more – an Exodus Inspiration project that took 10 students on a camping trip to Sutjeka National Park, which was exciting as most of the students have never left urban Sarajevo.
This excursion was led by an Exodus trip leader and including seeing mountains, drinking from a fresh spring, sampling wild strawberries and sitting around a bonfire. This was all connecting children with nature for the first time and showing them a piece of the world beyond their day to day – an invaluable gift, according to Martina.
“Kids from challenging backgrounds need to know that opportunities do exist for them,” she says. “The opportunities that Inspiration Project provides – a greater knowledge of their own country and culture – can help shape them.”
Traveling is something that everyone should experience, no matter where you’re from or where you have been, if we can all find a way to enhance travels capabilities for creating positive changes and to inspire future generations, who know what else can be achieved?
For Martina, its having the confidence and support to pursue her artistic ambitions that made her realize just how important it is to give children the tools to believe in themselves – and follow their own
“Creativity and travel are a lot alike – they both create out-of-the-box thinkers and powerful individuals,” she says. “We need more of those in this world.”dreams.