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Handmade Portraits: Rob Ryan

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Artist Rob Ryan‘s studio is located in a cozy nook in Bethnal Green, London. He and his band of merry helpers spend their days paper-cutting fantastic worlds of love, friendship and longing. It’s hard not to feel an emotional response toward Rob Ryan’s work: it’s timeless in its approach and includes positive missives like “Believe in People” and “Our Adventure Is About to Begin.” What could be a greater way to celebrate the world than acknowledging the beauty in the everyday?

Rob Ryan grew up in a military family, moving from town to town as a child. Drawing was his companion. Even today he prefers to work in isolation, with a small group of assistants and his family not far away. He doesn’t need much: just his favorite pencils, some good paper and groovy records spinning in the studio. It’s this environment that allows his love of the world to know no bounds.

Rob’s latest work, A Sky Full of Kindness, is the first children’s book that he has written and illustrated, chronicling a group of birds as they overcome their fears of the world. Fireworks, songs, and nests play integral parts of the journey toward becoming the kind of people we ought to be: kind, helpful, and generous.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Judy Williams of Sea Glass Vintage, winner of the A Sky Full of Kindness Sweepstakes! 

What do you think of Rob Ryan’s thoughts on love and beauty in art? Comment below to enter our A Sky Full of Kindness sweepstakes. Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 12 p.m. ET, we will pick one commenter at random to win a Rob Ryan lasercut. (We apologize in advance that this sweepstakes is only open to U.S. folks over 18. Void where prohibited. Download a PDF of the full Rules and Regulations.)

Get your hands on a copy of A Sky Full of Kindness and check out Rob Ryan’s Etsy shop misterrob for more of his work.

  • Crafterall

    Crafterall says:

    I love the honesty, the heart, and the quality of being genuine in this feature. Rob is and always will be a bright inspiration for papercutters like me, for all artists, and for anyone who needs a reminder to open their eyes just a little further to take in the beauty and love around them. Gorgeous feature of a lovely artist. Thank you! This made my day.

    3 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Papercutting is a truly timeless artform; so intricate, so beautiful! What an inspiring artist Mr. Ryan is!!

    3 years ago

  • ministephanie

    ministephanie says:

    Amazing! Rob Ryan is my absolute favourite papercutting artist. I find it really difficult to find 'positive' fine art these days, most of it is so focused on the negativity and pain in an artists life or imagination. Rob Ryan's work is a breath of fresh air.

    3 years ago

  • BettyTurbo

    BettyTurbo says:

    i ADORE his work, and his comments about it. what an amazing human.

    3 years ago

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz says:

    Love his work. Very dreamy and romantic and innocent.

    3 years ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Love work and interesting article

    3 years ago

  • blockpartyprints

    blockpartyprints says:

    Wonderful handmade portrait. His book looks amazing. I love the story within the story and all the positive messages of beauty and love.

    3 years ago

  • anowlis

    anowlis says:

    What beautiful, fantastic work!

    3 years ago

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering says:

    What an awesome video! The music complements the story and artwork. Great job weirdwolf! Great job Esty!

    3 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    so beautiful and timeless. great work and great message about humanity for the ages.

    3 years ago

  • LorenzKraft

    LorenzKraft says:

    Timeless but fresh thoughts, how does Rob Ryan do it? His scarf (look at his shop) with the verses about two people who are separated from each other but can look at the same stars is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

    3 years ago

  • LeighsArt

    LeighsArt says:

    amazing work!

    3 years ago

  • babyjives

    babyjives says:

    Rob Ryan is absolutely one of my favorite artists, I have long admired his sweetly done and complex cutwork. His messages about love in humanity and simple longing are so potent and beautiful.

    3 years ago

  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK says:

    I'm delighted to have had the pleasure of spinning several of those groovy records during filming. I'll never forget it. Thank you Tara and thank you Rob from the bottom of my heart!

    3 years ago

  • karuliine

    karuliine says:

    Just AMAZING...

    3 years ago

  • RossLab

    RossLab says:

    How lovely Rob's work is! Thanks for sharing such a fresh and authentic video about a very talented artist I'll keep following for sure. BTW, British accent I ADORE YOU!

    3 years ago

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume says:

    Inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • GiftsWithCharm

    GiftsWithCharm says:

    Lovely, absolutely lovely! I agree with him on practically everything, from his message to his favorite medium! That's me too! And I'm so glad I'm seeing a resurgance in paper cutting, drawing, love and happiness as the message! back to basics, that's what I say!

    3 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    Great work. Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance says:

    long, long , long time fan! amazing patience and work!

    3 years ago

  • galstudio

    galstudio says:

    I'm a cyclist and I was drawn into this video when I saw Rob riding in London. I saw his artwork and I was blown away... this is a work of LOVE!

    3 years ago

  • thedaintyapronista

    thedaintyapronista says:

    This is actually only the second paper cutting Etsy shop I've come across and it's absolutely facinating. I can appreciate the time it takes to make something as intricate and delicate as that. Good stuff!

    3 years ago

  • urbanlegend

    urbanlegend says:

    I love Rob's fascinating & satisfying work (particularly Why Are You So Naughty?, which is a longtime favorite of mine); I'm looking forward to exploring the new book.

    3 years ago

  • marigoldgardens

    marigoldgardens says:

    I am fascinated by paper cutting and Rob's work is fantastic. I love his style and how much of himself he puts into his work.

    3 years ago

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum says:

    Great work Mr. Rob. Makes me wanna run through the woods with scissors and paper.

    3 years ago

  • CactusCreek

    CactusCreek says:

    I luv the scarf!!! I have a very wonderful friend, and I always tell him, "I wished upon a star and the moon gave me you!" He travels alot and we're always looking up at the same stars and beautiful moon, no matter how far apart we are. The moon and star scarf, touched my heart! You must have someone you share moondances with! ;);)

    3 years ago

  • sianuska

    sianuska says:

    what a lovely bloke! we have one of his screen prints hanging above our bed. hang on a minute tho', seems a bit mean that the sweepstake is only open to those based in the US especially as rob ryan is a british artist... harumph and thrice harumph.

    3 years ago

  • UUPP

    UUPP says:

    He is brilliant. I have been a fan of his for awhile. Amazing work.

    3 years ago

  • seacucumbermama

    seacucumbermama says:

    Charming!

    3 years ago

  • scandivintage

    scandivintage says:

    This is both dreamy and real. Lovely :)

    3 years ago

  • tensirk

    tensirk says:

    That is awesome work. I love how it just comes to be. I hope his work becomes successful. I love it. Kristen http://bodyofyoga.wordpress.com/

    3 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    Your work is beautifully mesmerizing! I love seeing how you combine classic fine art techniques with new current technologies to create something new

    3 years ago

  • whenifnotnow

    whenifnotnow says:

    "We had everything," "In Rye," "We are all made of carbon, diamond and coal," and "Your Job" have been favorites of mine for a long while. Simple, eye-catching, and a very good fit for a site like Etsy.

    3 years ago

  • ihearttomjones

    ihearttomjones says:

    I love his work and have been in love with his work since I saw some of it displayed for the papercut exhibit at the Museum of Arts in Design in NYC. Since then I've bought every book he's designed the cover for, and a couple of the cards he has made (sold at catbird in brooklyn). Anyway, love him.

    3 years ago

  • daintyprettythings

    daintyprettythings says:

    wow and amazing film. I love Rob Ryans work, such a tallented guy

    3 years ago

  • robin101

    robin101 says:

    Lovely *sigh* I first came across Rob Ryans work when he did the cover illustrations for Lost Crafts amazing work

    3 years ago

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf says:

    AmityUk I couldn't have done it without you! What fun driving through Central London shooting out of the back of your convertible. And the whole Ryantown crew was just lovely... Hey everybody, don't forget that Etsy's videos are all Creative Commons so please feel free to re-post them, tweet about them or share them with friends!

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    I love the storytelling aspect to the papercuts, so intricate and beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • littlecaper

    littlecaper says:

    inspiring! wish i could quit my day job and cut paper for a living! wonderful film as well-- nicely told.

    3 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Beautiful work!

    3 years ago

  • LoucheLab

    LoucheLab says:

    I love Rob's work, it feels so personal and so universal at the same time.

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Great work!

    3 years ago

  • joymac

    joymac says:

    I have "This is for you" that I picked up a while back from an Urban Outfitters. It really made me happy. I like cutting holes in paper too :)

    3 years ago

  • vitamini

    vitamini says:

    That was a lovely video. I really like the idea that love is and can be an everyday thing, not necessarily a manufactured fairytale with a big happy ending. And, of course his papercuts are absolutely incredible. I just started papercutting on my own and can only dream that mine will be half as intricate someday.

    3 years ago

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap says:

    Fabulous video and stunning art! Thank you for sharing, Rob!

    3 years ago

  • VanessaBryand

    VanessaBryand says:

    Every so often so see something that makes you look at your life in a completely different light. Rob is inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • rebel526

    rebel526 says:

    A happy discovery/departure to see Rob Ryan's work on an otherwise complicated/silly day. Thank you Weirdwolf for the introduction. Thank you Rob for believing in beauty and love.

    3 years ago

  • CyndiesART

    CyndiesART says:

    I am so glad for waking up this morning to find this post. It is SO inspiring. All we really need is love. What a truely fantastic person you are Rob! You have found your gift for life. Cyndie :) :) :)

    3 years ago

  • mrYen

    mrYen says:

    I love Rob's work! It's so inspirational to me and I can't wait for his new book!

    3 years ago

  • PebblesPatch

    PebblesPatch says:

    Wow your work is beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • seaglassvintage

    seaglassvintage says:

    What a beautiful and talented person Rob Ryan is!

    3 years ago

  • LilyMoon

    LilyMoon says:

    Amazing and inspiring artist and human...Love you Rob! x

    3 years ago

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker says:

    Lovely.

    3 years ago

  • Galavant

    Galavant says:

    stunning - a beautifully made film and really interesting to see the man at work

    3 years ago

  • MusePerGioco

    MusePerGioco says:

    We really love Rob Ryan, he's a grat inspiration for us http://musepergioco.blogspot.com/2011/10/handmade-portraits-rob-ryan-from-etsy.html

    3 years ago

  • megandarienzo

    megandarienzo says:

    absolutely beautiful work from such an inspirational artist.

    3 years ago

  • vanjakragulj

    vanjakragulj says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! That's all I can say...... Just stunning!

    3 years ago

  • sarahryanstudio

    sarahryanstudio says:

    Fantastic. The real deal!

    3 years ago

  • maryv1214

    maryv1214 says:

    I heart rob ryan. the fact that love is often the topic of his art gives it an extra special quality and makes me not only love the art but him!

    3 years ago

  • MollyandTenbrooks

    MollyandTenbrooks says:

    These have always impressed me with their focus on sentiment and love above the material.

    3 years ago

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz says:

    I loved watching this video. Very inspiring. An artist who works from his heart produces pieces that are rich with content that will speak to people forever and reveal that we ARE all one. BEAUTIFULLY BRILLIANT...thank you.

    3 years ago

  • juliekobin

    juliekobin says:

    Amazing work - thank you for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • SeedsofBeauty

    SeedsofBeauty says:

    This is my beautiful thing for today! Thank you Rob for sharing what lives in your heart. It is life-giving and inspirational. I hope you will continue to sing this song until you have a chorus surrounding you. One voice can do so much. You've go me humming!!

    3 years ago

  • TwoLittleEggs

    TwoLittleEggs says:

    All I can say is, Wow.

    3 years ago

  • genifa

    genifa says:

    this is so beautiful. it just speaks to my soul. tears in my eyes watching the short film. thank you!

    3 years ago

  • genifa

    genifa says:

    wow. simply amazing, beautiful work. it just speaks to my heart. and tears in my eyes watching the film. thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • kowaikuma

    kowaikuma says:

    it's beautiful that he wants to make work about love. it's our life force. his book looks lovely. can't wait to read it. thank you for the article.

    3 years ago

  • rayebienco

    rayebienco says:

    Beautiful work! I tried this in high school art class with construction paper and a dull exact o knife... needless to say it was a project full of frustration. lol.

    3 years ago

  • jlprunty

    jlprunty says:

    lovely work!

    3 years ago

  • smoored7

    smoored7 says:

    I'm new to papercutting and absolutely love these works..amazing and inspiring :)

    3 years ago

  • slugwork

    slugwork says:

    Beautiful, intricate work that is truly inspiring. Makes me want to pick up an xacto knife... And the positive messages are lovely!

    3 years ago

  • DarwinsDress

    DarwinsDress says:

    So Incredible! The man and his work are so full of Love and Kindness! Incredibly Inspiring Art :)

    3 years ago

  • sistersilver

    sistersilver says:

    Aye yi yi! I am off to your site to find a wedding gift. I know your words are perfect for us all and the way they are presented will make a lasting impression on all who have the opportunity to hold them in their hands or hang them on the wall. Thanks for today's inspiration. I must go now to cut something out of metal!

    3 years ago

  • lppruittt

    lppruittt says:

    Couldn' say it better & wouldn't! Would not get the same effect!!! Need no words!!!! The paper, pen & picture tells the story!!! Sincerely, Linda Pruitt ( from Texas ) :~))

    3 years ago

  • barkdecor

    barkdecor says:

    Best handmade portrait ever! Such an amazing speaker/artist. I can't wait for his book!!! Much success!!!!

    3 years ago

  • ServingToSave

    ServingToSave says:

    So sweet!

    3 years ago

  • AnneSea

    AnneSea says:

    The timeless quality of Rob's art, and the always-relevant content of his message (love, trust, appreciation...), make for something universally appealing and inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • lititz777

    lititz777 says:

    Rob's art is as detailed as our lives and shows his inspiration to everyone viewing it. A delightful way to view life and the happenings therein. It shows that there is beauty in everyone's life no matter how the person living that life thinks of it. Life is as delicate as Rob's work and should be treated as such and with reverance. Viewing this work is a good way to turn your day from depression into glory and praise!! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • arieslovesleo

    arieslovesleo says:

    His work is inspiring and so beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • PaintMyCloud

    PaintMyCloud says:

    So gentle so beautiful and as someone who still draws by hand on paper, it made me happy to not see a computer (and to see LPs and a turntable)....a man after my own heart and art.

    3 years ago

  • octobermoon

    octobermoon says:

    How magical! My first grandchild will be soon arriving and I can't imagine a more perfect gift than this book for the new family.

    3 years ago

  • bjhissong

    bjhissong says:

    Rob Ryan has a genuine heart and it comes through in all of his work-- the poetic statements are always thought provoking. I have a little calendar from 2009 on my desk and one of his prints, his first book and the skirt with his print on it! I call myself a MisterRob groupie... but he is more like a role-model to me, not only in his art but in his relationships with his family who he loves dearly. Thanks for bringing attention to someone so well-deserved of it!

    3 years ago

  • myazaria

    myazaria says:

    Love his work!

    3 years ago

  • paulaspace

    paulaspace says:

    Rob's art is amazing. I love the details in piece and the stories he tells. Truly beautilful!

    3 years ago

  • oaksandacorns

    oaksandacorns says:

    How inspiring! To commit all of your creative energy to your art form is beyond admirable, and the pieces he creates are romantic, emotional, and enduring. Lovely!

    3 years ago

  • carolinesdaley

    carolinesdaley says:

    snif ...snif... tears to my eyes. the good kind!

    3 years ago

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut says:

    Big admirer. Loved this portrait!

    3 years ago

  • BecArtDesign

    BecArtDesign says:

    I love his work! His papercutting is so beautiful.

    3 years ago

  • dejamonetdriver

    dejamonetdriver says:

    this is completely adorable & beautiful (:

    3 years ago

  • Micaljs

    Micaljs says:

    Rob, your work says all those things we forgot we said to ourselves and to others and gives it back to us in a concrete form a tile, cushion, tape or wallpaper. Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • WhisperingBirches

    WhisperingBirches says:

    Amazingly beautiful. Timeless.

    3 years ago

  • gilbug1

    gilbug1 says:

    Wonderful! Beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • MyMagnolia

    MyMagnolia says:

    Wow! I had no idea papercutting could be that intricate and powerful. I love the positive and simple message that he's trying to get across rather than trying to be obscure and mysterious.

    3 years ago

  • KyleighsPapercuts

    KyleighsPapercuts says:

    A complete inspiration, he inspired me to get cutting for sure. Thank you Rob!

    3 years ago

  • SundayOwl

    SundayOwl says:

    Love the charm and intricacy of Rob's work. It's nice to slow down and see such peaceful art and a kind soul in a fast moving world.

    3 years ago

  • woolheadworks

    woolheadworks says:

    Rob's work reminds me of the things I thought and valued as a child, and makes me think: "Oh, yeah, that's right, I had forgotten." Thanks for reminding me.

    3 years ago

  • CindyKahlerThomas

    CindyKahlerThomas says:

    I love the fact that all his works are hand cut and original. I am a fledgling artist myself, and am experimenting in a variety of mediums. My favorite medium is stained glass mosacis. Like Rob, I enjoy the freedom of expression and the feeling that my art can touch people. I would love to win such a unique piece of art to add to my growing collection.

    3 years ago

  • OldeTymeNotions

    OldeTymeNotions says:

    What a beautiful & amazing artist!

    3 years ago

  • nakedangel

    nakedangel says:

    stunning and lovely. i've been a fan for years

    3 years ago

  • DuBuhDuDesigns

    DuBuhDuDesigns says:

    I'm really happy to see Rob's work and words featured here on Etsy!

    3 years ago

  • nahonzak

    nahonzak says:

    gorgeous, beautiful, wonderful!!! what a talent and gift Rob has to offer the World, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • beatlebreath

    beatlebreath says:

    Such sweet pure sentiments. Truly works of beauty.

    3 years ago

  • HoneysuckleKiss

    HoneysuckleKiss says:

    Inspiring! Such lovely messages - just what the world needs.

    3 years ago

  • kare1214

    kare1214 says:

    wow, that video made me feel happy. :)

    3 years ago

  • megashark

    megashark says:

    What he says about love as a concept for his work is fabulous, and so true. When I was in art school, whenever anybody would hint that their work was inspired by a relationship, it was immediately dismissed. But probably each and every one of those people who scoffed at the idea of love as respectable subject matter has been deeply moved by a song, movie, or story about it. It’s a huge part of so many classics within other art forms; why not visual art? I greatly admire Rob Ryan and Julia Pott, who introduced this portrait, for being honest above all things in their work.

    3 years ago

  • lunaklara

    lunaklara says:

    it is so really friendly and open to the world and people - even by letting space and air in this form of art. i like it's kindliness a lot. thanks for this nice clip too.

    3 years ago

  • ihatecelery

    ihatecelery says:

    My feelings in Rob's words and delicate paper filigrees.

    3 years ago

  • ppeters1

    ppeters1 says:

    very simply...such joy!

    3 years ago

  • heatherluise

    heatherluise says:

    I love the poem from husband bird to wife bird. I must look for it in his Etsy store!

    3 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    I love his work!

    3 years ago

  • knitalatte

    knitalatte says:

    this video made me so happy I cried he really gets it

    3 years ago

  • carewood

    carewood says:

    The messages he conveys inside his art is such a breath of fresh air. I could stare at one of his pieces for hours.

    3 years ago

  • myhideaway

    myhideaway says:

    I'm such a huge fan of Rob Ryan's work. His messages always make me smile, and his drawings/papercuts are beautifully detailed and fantastic.

    3 years ago

  • ejelsmo

    ejelsmo says:

    i LOVE rob's work. "other planets cannot be as beautiful as this one" are the words cut out of my favorite piece of his. i think of this phrase often,and it reminds me to notice and appreciate the immense beauty that surrounds us all.

    3 years ago

  • mspavey

    mspavey says:

    I love paper cut work and children books so the combination is perfect for me. Besides, I teach reading in an elementary school and would love to share this book with my students.

    3 years ago

  • TheBeadFeed

    TheBeadFeed says:

    Rob, your work draws us close to you. <3

    3 years ago

  • thevintagebuttonjar

    thevintagebuttonjar says:

    What a great talent. I papercut and you inspire me!

    3 years ago

  • kjelliott81

    kjelliott81 says:

    Beautiful! What works of inspiration really!

    3 years ago

  • maryloubelisle

    maryloubelisle says:

    All artistic gifts amaze me, but actually cutting these beautiful scenes is mind boggling. I can't wait to get a copy of his new children's book.

    3 years ago

  • melissa845

    melissa845 says:

    I can't imagine the work that goes into each page. And to write a book this way! It's beautiful and the ideas behind it are beautiful also. So, does Rob have love ideas flowing because he is IN love, or loved and lost or always a bridesmaid and never a bride? Art so often comes from angst but wouldn't it be nice if he was madly in love and his happiness is what is flowing out to the paper!

    3 years ago

  • pangeadesign

    pangeadesign says:

    at the first time i saw your artwork, i just fell in love immediately!

    3 years ago

  • brandyjimenez

    brandyjimenez says:

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    3 years ago

  • nehannmom

    nehannmom says:

    Your work is exquisite!!! Love it.

    3 years ago

  • fragoluna

    fragoluna says:

    So very beautiful and inspiring. Look forward to the book!

    3 years ago

  • jadegreenjess

    jadegreenjess says:

    What a gorgeous art form... it calls to mind art of the past while still being modern enough to fit any house's aesthetic.

    3 years ago

  • skybluesea

    skybluesea says:

    Rob is a legend and inspires so many people. I love that he finds beauty all around, it's so important to focus on what is lovely in this world. Simply touching, stunning art.

    3 years ago

  • crochetedmusic

    crochetedmusic says:

    I LOVE your work. !!! I have always loved making things and working with my hands. I really hope to learn this sometime. best of luck to you on your book. ~ .what beautiful art ~

    3 years ago

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva says:

    Great Post!

    3 years ago

  • BetsyBleepBlop

    BetsyBleepBlop says:

    What a beautiful video, thank you! These cuttings are so intricate; they blow me away...

    3 years ago

  • HouseThatCrowBuilt

    HouseThatCrowBuilt says:

    I've long admired your work. It was wonderful to get a glimpse of your space and process! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to see the end results of your new book. It looks lovely!

    3 years ago

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood says:

    Enjoyable post. It made my heart sing.

    3 years ago

  • ooTREEBIRDoo

    ooTREEBIRDoo says:

    ive been wondering who it was that made those. so glad to see him on etsy.

    3 years ago

  • jsmiller

    jsmiller says:

    I had not heard of Rob Ryan before seeing this video, and I just spent the last 40 minutes looking at every little thing in his shop. This is the kind of work that pulls at my heart strings! My fingers are crossed!

    3 years ago

  • wetpond57

    wetpond57 says:

    What a pleasure to see Rob Ryan in his enviroment. Getting a glympse of him going to work...creating and talking about why he creates. What I like about these Etsy film features, is that it gives you an understanding about an artist and just what it takes to be great. Kuddos to the film maker and thanks Rob for bringing more "LOVE" to paper.

    3 years ago

  • MouseTracks

    MouseTracks says:

    Couldn't help but see this man is truly using his God-given gifts to the point where God is surely is smiling from "ear to ear" and proud as can be! Going to have to buy his book if I'm not lucky enough to win it-- Love his very Lovely work!!!

    3 years ago

  • kkomatsubara

    kkomatsubara says:

    intricate, inspiring, and so beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • ArtMadeByTammy

    ArtMadeByTammy says:

    Truly Amazing!

    3 years ago

  • vommeervintage

    vommeervintage says:

    the earnestness and honesty of it brings happy tears to my eyes!

    3 years ago

  • klaraslostandfound

    klaraslostandfound says:

    LOVE Rob's art! Very inspiring. I can't wait to get his book.

    3 years ago

  • 007hockey

    007hockey says:

    Beautiful art, wonderful talent. Would love a copy of the book.

    3 years ago

  • wildsweet

    wildsweet says:

    yay, I am a big fan! Great video with the shot of going over the Thames on a bike.

    3 years ago

  • DecadesAgo

    DecadesAgo says:

    Rob Ryan’s work is a like a tapestry of profound, yet simple words in art form. He is so detailed and patient as he thoughtfully cuts out words, shapes, nature images and people. He is a remarkable master paper chiseler.

    3 years ago

  • mel1958

    mel1958 says:

    The piano music by (I think) Marcy Hokama that is the third track in the video. What is it's name and where may I find the entire piece? Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • polkadotscloud

    polkadotscloud says:

    amazing, honest and so touching :)

    3 years ago

  • maudemay123

    maudemay123 says:

    Rob's works make my heart expand.

    3 years ago

  • TamRasha

    TamRasha says:

    Wonderfully simplistic...creating magic and beauty with paper:)

    3 years ago

  • TamRasha

    TamRasha says:

    I MUST ad...there is nothing simple in the intricate working of the paper cutting...I would never have the patience...but the simpleness of the craft is to me paper...cutting utensil...artist:)...no clutter of colors or textures...Wonderful...

    3 years ago

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages says:

    Thank you so much for creating this handmade portrait!!!!!! I wasnt familiar with Robs work and Ive fallen in love :) His work speaks from the human condition and with a sincere heart he shares it with the world. I hope some day to be that honest and true to my own vision. Congrats to you well deserved

    3 years ago

  • BeauBazaar

    BeauBazaar says:

    Rob has done very well for himself from his messages of positivity, long may it continue, the world needs this kind of artistic endeavor more than ever.

    3 years ago

  • rowanjoy

    rowanjoy says:

    The beauty of his words and the intricate nature of the paper cut are just the perfect compliment to each other. Everytime I see a new piece it fills my heart with joy.

    3 years ago

  • bring

    bring says:

    His thoughts on love and beauty in art are flawless. You bring beauty to the world through your art if you put love into it. Rob work certainly reflects that.

    3 years ago

  • myneedlehabit

    myneedlehabit says:

    When I first saw that Etsy had done a video about Rob Ryan, I was perplexed. Why? Because he is already an established artist! While it's true that anyone can sell on Etsy, I thought the collective "undiscovered" talent on Etsy is Etsy's truest treasure. But after watching the video, well, it's hard not to be happy after glimpsing into Rob's world. And now I have a better understanding of the man behind the book that's has been on my bedside table for over a year, "This is for You".

    3 years ago

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame says:

    What a lovely medium to work in. So beautiful. What a talent.

    3 years ago

  • supapeck

    supapeck says:

    Rob Ryan is very talented and does absolutely beautiful work. Love it.

    3 years ago

  • FabPins

    FabPins says:

    I love Rob Ryan!

    3 years ago

  • winsomeandsaucy

    winsomeandsaucy says:

    Hi there, For those of you in the UK, Castor & Pollux in Brighton is hosting a Rob Ryan exhibition to celebrate the launch of his book. A Sky Full of Kindness is open from 4th November to 5th December. www.castorandpollux.co.uk for more info. or email april@castorandpollux.co.uk if you wish to come along to the evening book signing with Rob on 3rd.

    3 years ago

  • ArtLuminous

    ArtLuminous says:

    Just fantastic! Thank you for making this portrait. I love all his messages and the simple way of it all--love is enough all by itself. I make it way too complicated all the time. His faith is inspiring. Off to see his shop now & favorite away.

    3 years ago

  • crembrulaa

    crembrulaa says:

    he has such a wonderful way of looking at the world, such stunning work and patience. a lovely film that has brightened my day!

    3 years ago

  • kristin1389

    kristin1389 says:

    love, love, love, love, love. There is nothing more I can say about this video/artist. Absolutely wonderful! I envy his studio/creative environment as well :)

    3 years ago

  • Bisabuela

    Bisabuela says:

    I've been a big fan of Rob Ryan for a couple of years now and always try to share his work with others to spread the love! So it's really great to see this article :) I have a mug of his design that says 'Believe in People' and having a nice hot tea in that mug at the beginning of the day always gets me off to a good start! I love the campaign he did recently with Victorinox, just beautiful and wonderful that there are tempplate sup for people to share and have a go! Lovely stuff :) x

    3 years ago

  • moonmum

    moonmum says:

    Oh how i loved this. Let me count the ways...

    3 years ago

  • Exclusivedesigns

    Exclusivedesigns says:

    Just have to love this.

    3 years ago

  • Oyeloria

    Oyeloria says:

    How inspiring! Beautiful work, truly. Even more beautiful meaning behind it.

    3 years ago

  • CabinCastle

    Melinda Downing from CabinCastle says:

    So inspiring. Rob's art just makes me happy. Glad I stumbled on this video just as I'm heading off to bed. It will make for a night of sweet dreams.

    3 years ago

  • keneka

    Penny from keneka says:

    I love Rob Ryan's work :^)

    3 years ago

  • organicfairymom

    organicfairymom from organicfairymom says:

    How lovely. And impressive. Wow.

    3 years ago