Number of Pages: 10
Size: 27 x 21cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Thin
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: Yes
I always endeavour to bring the interesting and unusual to the blog when I can, and Empty Bedrooms is one of those phenomenon that I can't describe in any other way than utterly minimal. I should porbably mention that this is classed as a Zine (a small, self-published magazine) rather than a book, so should be judged accordingly. It has 10 pages, all double sided on very thin copy paper, and features 5 bedroom scenes. These sparsely decorated rooms are all based on Julia's rental bedrooms from 2005-2012. The zine is intended to evoke contemplation about "privacy, relationships and the possession of few commodities".
A minimalistic art piece rather than a colouring book in my opinion, Empty Bedrooms is strangely absorbing despite its lack of detail at first glance. There's a kind of dark humour about it, as well as sadness and a feeling of desertion. It's certainly a talking point, that's for sure!
As I mentioned in the summary the paper is very thin and pretty much every pen will bleed through (as you may be able to see in the slideshow), so it's pencils only. The cover is also paper. I know a few people who would absolutely love this kind of artwork and plenty who would scoff at it, but how does it make you feel?
Here's my finished piece, done with Neuland art markers.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Julia's Etsy page.