Throughout the holiday season, we are celebrating all things home, whether that be a cozy living room or a long-held family tradition. Home can mean many things to different people, so we asked a series of our favorite artists to tell us what it means to them, in the form of a free, printable zine.

So far, we’ve shared home-inspired zines by , Marcus Oakley and Tallulah Fontaine. Today, we’re asking London-based visual artist Maria-Ines Gul what home means to her. With a narrative we can all relate to, this tiny story celebrates the home and all of its comforts this time of year. Download the PDF here and follow the directions below to assemble your zine!

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am an illustrator based in London, working mainly with editorial and fashion illustration.

What does “home” mean to you?

Home is a special place you want to come back to, after a long day. Home is taking baths, watering plants and cooking dinner for loved ones. It’s where you want to keep your favourite books.

What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

Long winter evenings when everything feels more magical. Frosty pavement in the moonlight looking like glitter. Winter food. Polish Christmas borscht with mushroom dumplings.

What—and who—inspires you?

Brave women. Song lyrics. Folk tales. Dreams. Taking long walks. My boyfriend, animation director.

Tell us about your zine

The story pictures a journey of a young girl coming back home in the snowy winter evening. She visits all her favorite places before falling into a deep slumber.

Materials

    Printer + paper
    A cutting mat
    A craft blade like an X-Acto Knife
    A ruler
    Scissors


1. Download + print the zine file on standard 8.5×11 paper.

2. Cut out the zine with a ruler and a blade, using the crop marks as a guide.

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

3. Fold the page lengthwise (hotdog style!)

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

4. Unfold and fold each side widthwise towards the center. Fold widthwise again.

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

5. Use your scissors to cut through 1/3 of the center fold as shown.

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

6. Fold over so the front page is facing outwards. Done!

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

west elm - Printable Zine by Maria-Ines Gul

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