“It’s not often that you get a glimpse of how a stranger sees the place you live,” says Nicole Lavelle.
That’s the premise behind the Spirit of Windsor, a new travel guide being unveiled tonight at Broken City Lab. The brainchild of Lavelle and Sarah Baugh, the piece is part art and part alternative guidebook.
“It’s an outsiders guide,” Lavelle said. “Most guides are made by locals, or people who are really familiar with the place. We wanted to see what happens when people who know nothing about a place try to do the same thing.”
Armed with nothing but curiosity and a few recommendations, the two Portland-based graphic designers set about exploring Windsor for a week and recording their observations. As a result, their guide is rather serendipitous.
Lavelle says the two-page document includes things like the Windsor Youth Centre — “because there was a sign on the door saying ‘come in’” — thrift stores, public parks and a little produce market that made the cut “simply because it had a beautiful hand-painted sign.”
Both Lavelle and Baugh have spent time in Detroit, and say they were struck by how different the Motor City is from Windsor.
“Unlike American downtowns, Windsor’s was compact, smaller and newer,” Lavelle said. “The city is also incredibly diverse, and I never would have guessed that before coming here.”
Now complete and ready for print, the guide will be provided free of charge to the shops and restaurants the two visited.
For more information, visit Broken City Lab’s website.
Article by Luke Simcoe for the Metro News