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.
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.