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, Tallulah Fontaine, and Maria-Ines Gul. Today, we’re pleased to share the final installment of this series, with illustrator Julia Rothman’s love letter to her apartment’s pink bathroom. Anybody who loves the small charms and eccentricities of old or timeworn homes will certainly relate! Download the PDF here and follow the directions below to assemble your zine!
What does “home” mean to you?
The place I feel the most safe and cozy.
What’s your favorite thing to do during the holidays?
I love seeing how people decorate their house exteriors. In the Bronx, near where I grew up, there is a house that goes nuts with lights and animatronic mannequins. I visit it every year.
What—and who—inspires you?
That’s a hard question that might encompass the whole universe. I can say I am most inspired by cities and culture. After I have walked around a busy street, all I want to do is go home and draw a shop window, a person, or scene I just saw. I take too many photos thinking I will make paintings later and never get the chance.
Tell us about your zine.
My apartment is small and messy and not that interesting. I think the bathroom is a major highlight, so it seemed like I should share a bit more about it. It is a pleasure to be in there most days.
Printer + paper
A cutting mat
A craft blade like an X-Acto Knife
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.
3. Fold the page lengthwise (hotdog style!)
4. Unfold and fold each side widthwise towards the center. Fold widthwise again.
5. Use your scissors to cut through 1/3 of the center fold as shown.
6. Fold over so the front page is facing outwards. Done!