I'd love to say that every time I take a heap of thick novels with me and finish them all within the first week but I'd be lying. In fact, I am still only half way through the relatively short book I started in Barcelona in March. Not everyone is "a reader" and that's okay! If like me, you prefer your books with a good image to word ratio then this is the round-up for you!
Newly released by Flying Eye Books, Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud by Katie Harnett tells the story of a grumpy young florist who (as you might have guessed) is called Ivy and a raincloud who (you also might have guessed) is lonely. The cloud is keen to be friends with anyone who doesn't mind a bit of rain but Ivy isn't so keen at first. I won't give away the ending but, given that the book was created primarily for children and the fact that a cloud would be a very practical friend for a florist to have, you can assume the ending is a pretty happy one.
As I mentioned in my last post, I am obsessed with the tropical trend which seems to have engulfed the design world this Summer. So much so that I have decided when I move into my new flat in Dundee to start university, I want a botanical-inspired bedroom. Part of me thinks this is genius as who doesn't want to be surrounded by luscious leaves and wild animals all the time? The other part of my thinks a tropical design scheme will look odd in the middle of a Scottish Winter and that all the colourful patterns will make my head hurt. Either way, I'm doing it!
Taking over from last year's cactus obsession, the design world now seems transfixed on any and all things tropical. Every stylish shops that knows what is good for them have jumped on this craze and leading the charge have been botanical styling company geo-fleur. Whether you are looking for the real-life exotic plant, a playfully patterned pot to keep one in or a less high maintenance version in the form of an illustrated print or pin, geo-fleur's online store is your new one-stop-shop for all your trendy, tropical needs.
The latest edition of Ella Bailey's One Day On Our Blue Planet series with Flying Eye Books was recently released and it's another beauty! With a brand new location and same charming illustration style, the book let's readers spend the day with a curious young spider monkey who travels the length and breadth of the rainforest in search of his mother.
Ohh Deer’s Papergang service delivers a fresh box of stationery to your door once a month, delighting stationery addicts all over the world with an assortment of beautifully designed paper goods. As a self-confessed stationery addict, I am always excited to see what’s inside the next box and the fact that (thanks to a little mix up with the post) my last 2 boxes arrived less than a week apart has doubled my excitement! I loved June’s box so much (you can read my review here) that I was worried July’s might not live up to it but, much to my delight, it has!
I'm super excited today to be launching my brand new illustrated monthly favourites series! Pretty much all my other content on the blog is completely design related but with this new column I am keen to mix it up a bit and share things like my favourite food and films from the previous month as well as recommending beautiful books and exhibitions I have visited. Here are a few of the highlights from my July...
Nobrow Press recently released Moonhead And The Music Machine by Andrew Rae in paperback form with a brand new cover. The original hardback version of the book actually featured in my first ever blog post (a round-up of Nobrow books for the Ohh Deer blog a few years ago) and it has remained one of my favourite graphic novels ever since.
Remember a few days ago when I (in this post) said I would start sharing my own work on the blog? Well today I am doing just that. But first, an announcement… I'm going to art school! That’s right, in September I will be moving to Dundee to study Illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and I cannot wait! I plan to blog about all creations and experiences whilst I am there but first I thought it made sense to talk you through (an edited-down selection of) what I have created to date.
After a post talking all about me and my own work, today I am going back to something I am much more comfortable with - oohing over beautiful stationery! I feel a little late to the paper party with this unboxing as this box actually came out in June but it took it’s time getting to me so I only received it a few days ago. July’s box is actually on it's way to me too now so I better get a move on and tell you all about box 16.
When I first started the Headless Greg blog, I fully intended for it to be as much a place for me to showcasing my own creations as it was my for sharing design inspiration . I've always wanted a space to discuss my opinions on creative topics, share my experiences as a designer and log all my creative endeavours but (for a few reasons, some of which I will cover in this post), this blog has never been that space. Don't get me wrong, I love writing about other creatives' work but all of my favourite blogs manage to strike a much better balance between championing other creatives and sharing their experiences. So today I am kicking off a new "Design Journal"section of the blog and talking about a design topic that has been on my mind for a while now.
Written and illustrated by Roisin Swales and published by Flying Eye Books, Big Hid tells the story of a turtle called Big and a squirrel called Little. Big and Little are best of friends and do everything together until one day Big hides and Little has to try and figure out how to make him come out of his shell.
If you have visited Ohh Deer's online shop recently (or one of their bricks and mortar stores - a pleasure I have not yet had) then I am pretty sure you will agree they are on a bit of a creative roll at the moment! Their collaboration with Arden Rose created one of the best Papergang boxes and collections to date (read my unboxing post here) and their new Nina Cosford collection is equally as beautiful! I have been a fan of Nina’s work for a while and even interviewed her for Inkygoodness once so when I heard that she was collaborating with my favourite stationery brand I was more than a little excited. Ohh Deer debuted Nina’s collection in February’s Papergang box. Sadly I missed it as I was away traveling but very happily, Ohh Deer sent me a selection of the notebooks from the collection to blog about!
My email inbox is usually swamped with spam so it feels like a rare treat when I get an email telling me about an exciting new project. A few weeks ago when I was checking my emails I found one of these rare gems in the form of a message from Ciara Phelan telling me about the new talent agency she had launched in partnership with Dorcas Brown. I was excited as soon as I heard about the concept behind the agency - a platform for designers who are passionate about meaningful creativity - and when I saw the roster of talent they had on board I could hardly contain myself.
I haven’t written a book review in quite some time but today I’ve got an absolute beaut of a book to share with you - Sandra Dieckmann’s debut picture book Leaf. Sandra has been sharing the occasional teaser on her social media for a while that she was working on her first book written and illustrated so my excitement has been building for quite some time. Earlier in the year, when she revealed that it would be published by my favourite children’s book publisher Flying Eye Books, I became even more confident that we were in for a literary treat and it has not disappointed!
It feels like I only just did a Papergang unboxing (you can read April's unboxing here) and that’s because, thanks to some mysterious post delays, I sort of just did. However, I am still super excited to share May's box - there is no such thing as too much stationery! This month, Ohh Deer teamed up with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to create a box both inspired by and supporting the lives of bees.
The latest box from Ohh Deer’s Papergang arrived on my doorstep a few days ago and you know what that means - it’s time for another unboxing! April’s box was created in collaboration between Arden Rose and it is a stunner. In case you didn't know, Arden Rose is a beauty and lifestyle YouTuber with over a million subscribers, just as many Instagram followers, her own book called Almost Adulting and - judging by this collection - impeccable taste.