survival guide to a post-apocalyptic Vancouver
Stay Away from the City is a survival guide to the future based on the theories of independent scientist, James Lovelock. This book was adapted from a series of senior thesis research papers that covered topics ranging from global warming to foraging. The setting of the book is set in the outskirts of Vancouver in the year 2100. After shifts in climate, weather catastrophes and wars over resources life on Earth has changed. The book is written as a series of letters that have been sent to a recipient in present day Vancouver.
The title of the book, Stay Away from the City, refers to the fact that in the book technology is left behind along with the crumbling city and a more sustainable mode of living is chosen. This design concept was further developed by using a typewriter, hand written notes, hand rendered drawings, pressed plants and scraps of paper to create the book.
The thematic treatment was inspired by a beaten up letter that has finally made its way to a recipient. The cover was covered in stamps, tape and creases in order to reflect the long journey the letters have made.
+ botanical illustrations
+ home-made berry inks
+ typewriter text
+ pressed plants
+ wax seal