I'm so happy to have Greg from Grey Dogwood Studio here for this week's edition of The Name Game. I first found Greg on Instagram (@greydogwoodstudio), because he makes some of the most amazing quilts.
How did you choose the name for your blog?
Thanks so much for asking me to play along, Cindy! I’ve been reading The Name Game on your blog for years and it’s always so much fun to find out the blog backstories. I never thought that I’d be here, and I’m very happy to have been asked!
I had been a big blog reader(ok, maybe a blog lurker!) for years, and I really wanted to share my own quilt stories. But I was really stumped about choosing a name. I wish that I could say it came to me easily,but it really took some effort. It’s easier for me to choose fabrics for a quilt! Luckily, I had the creative support of Kristyne from Pretty By Hand and I bounced seemingly endless ideas off her. And can you believe that nobody has ever asked me about where my name came from?! Ok, so let’s break down my name. Let me warn you - it’s complicated!
Most importantly, I wanted my online name to reflect the type of quilts that I love to make - vintage inspired, classically based quilts - the type of quilts that I always want to find at a flea market or antique mall but never do!
Grey was chosen because it’s a neutral color that goes with anything (although, oddly, I almost never sew with grey). It’s vaguely masculine and evokes classic menswear imagery - think of Cary Grant, Gary Cooper and Gregory Peck. It’s also a play on my first name, Greg.
Dogwood trees are so beautiful when they’re in full bloom. They’re sturdy and look as though they’re covered with snow. They are plentiful in New England where I grew up. The real key here, however, is that my family’s first home in Connecticut was on Dogwood Drive, and I’ve always loved that name.
Studio was chosen because it implies a creative space. But in NYC where I lived for many years, a studio also refers to a teeny tiny apartment. And I was being creative in a teeny tiny apartment, making queen sized quilts from the corner of my dark living room with a tiny window facing an air shaft. That was my glamorous studio!
Were there other names that you considered, and can you share any of them with us?
Ha ha. There were so many ideas!I kept a running list of them on my iPhone. Most of the names had something to do with the way I dress, such as The Preppy Quilter, or The Pink and Green Quilter. But this blog was supposed to be about quilts, not about fashion.
Now that you are recognized by Grey Dogwood Studio, are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else?
I love my name, and I can’t imagine anything else! When I came upon Grey Dogwood Studio, I immediately knew that it was the right name for me. It just feels comfortable, kind of like a well-loved grey flannel suit with a dogwood boutonniere (see what I did there?!) I hope that my name has a modern but vintage sound, and that it matches my quilts.
That was fun! I do hope that you’ll visit me soon on my blog, GreyDogwoodStudio.com, where I try to post once each week. Instagram is definitely the place to follow me, where I show regular updates of what I’m up to, along with an occasional cupcake or cat picture. I’m @greydogwoodstudio over there. Plus, Instagram is a great place for us to be inspired by all the great creativity that we share together.
Greg, thanks so much for the fascinating story behind your blog name. I hope everyone will go over to your blog for more details on what you are up to, and most certainly follow you on Instagram!