As there is now just under a week to go until Fathers Day, I thought it was about time I put together a classic gift guide. Dads are known for being tricky to buy for but if you know the right places to shop, it's easy to find an original gift and creative card to match.
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.
Today I'm sharing a few artful highlights from my trip to France. I spent the first couple of weeks travelling around France, visiting Montpellier, Vioron, Lyon, Grenoble, Toulouse and Carcassonne and along the way my lucky little eyes were treated to many colourful and inspiring sights. I really want to write about my time in both Spain and France and share more on the artists I found and things I learnt whilst away but for now (as it is already almost a month since I got home) here are a few of my things I miss about France...
I've been trying a few different things out with the blog recently and it feel like I haven't sat down and written a good old fashioned featured artist post in forever so today I am very excited to be sharing the work of Chicago based illustrator Kate Pugsley. Kate's work features an intoxicating mix of glamour and nature with her illustrations often featuring elegant women wrapped up in winter coats and strolling through a backdrop of luxurious leaves and perfectly posed wildlife.
How has your National Stationery week been? I have been loving scrolling through the the #NationalStationeryWeek feed on Twitter and have even found a few great new bloggers to follow. My favourite papery-posts have been Natasha Nuttall's tutorial on how to personalise notebooks using stickers from Ohh Deer, Emma Jane Palin's round-up of 5 sassy stationery brands and Shahira Allen's World Stationery Day themed post. I highly recommend you check out all three posts (after you finish reading this one of course).
I am now back in Glasgow and very excited to be recommencing my Papergang unboxing series and sharing what I got in the March edition of Ohh Deer's stationery subscription service. I'll be honest, coming back from a few months away in sunny Spain to grey Glasgow did have it's downsides but having a mystery package of shiny new stationery waiting for me definitely helped brighten up my return. Designed by Ohh Deer's in-house team, March's box was all about clean lines, bright colours and minimal design.
Selling an assortment of quirky accessories featuring boobs, butts and burgers, Coucou Suzette is one of the most stylish and fun shops on the online high street today! Coucou Suzette's creator, Parisian jewelry designer and photographer Juliette, thanks boobs for the creation of her business as it was the popularity of a photo of a booby ring she shared that prompted her to open her own online store.
Now that I am travelling in France, this week I am going to be showcasing the work of a few of my top French creatives, starting with one of my favourite illustrators - Marion Fayolle! Marion's enchanting artworks conjure up dreamlike scenarios, giving a glimpse into her infinite and wonderfully eccentric imagination.
As you may have guessed from title, I have now said my goodbyes after spending 2 amazing months in the beautiful, bohemian city of Barcelona. I feel so lucky to have got to live in such a creative city for 2 entire months and can't wait to visit again one day. My main objective for the trip was to get into better creative habits which I have definitely done as I am now drawing, collaging, taking photos, writing and just generally creating on a much more regular basis - a habit I am determined to keep up when I am back in Glasgow!
Behind The Scenes are a Russian brand who work with creative talent from all over the world to create unique illustrated knitwear. From pastel-coloured dinosaurs to multi-eyed mountains, each collection is created with a different motif and illustrative style but the same unorthodox edge.
Continuing my mini-tour of Barcelona best creative talent, today I am excited to share the amazing work painter Cristina BanBan. Cristina was born in Barcelona, now lives in London and has exhibited her vibrant, colourful artworks all around the globe.
While I am in Barcelona (in case you missed my previous post, I am currently 6 weeks through a 2 month stay in this beautiful city) I am keen to feature artists from this neck of the woods - starting with Barcelona-based design studio Cocolia. I have been been following the work of Raul Ramos and Mireia Ruiz - the creative duo who make up Cocolia - for a while now and when I recently realised they were based in Barcelona I knew the time had finally come for me to blog about their amazing work!
When I first thought of the idea for today's post - a list of my favourite female bloggers to celebrate International Women's Days 2017 - I wasn't sure if it would seem odd coming from a male blogger or come across as if I was just jumping on the bandwagon of a popular hashtag. Obviously, I decided to go ahead with the post and this was thanks to the encouragement of some female fellow creatives.
Today's Barcelona-inspired blog post is all about the city's incredible street art. With walls featuring everything from cartoons to life-like portraits, bold geometric designs to stylish illustrations, wandering around the streets of Barcelona feels like visiting the most diverse art exhibition you could ever imagine.
Map Of Days, Robert Hunter's first graphic novel with Nobrow Press, has recently been republished with a brand new cover but the same sense of mystery and wonder that fans has come to expect from his work. After an intriguing prologue telling the origin story of the earth and introducing you to nine sacred siblings, the novel tells the modern, yet equally mystical, story of a young boy who's fascination with what lies inside his grandfather's clock leads to a shocking discovery with unthinkably otherworldly consequences.