The Etsy Blog

Play On: Being Alive

For her video playlist, animator and illustrator Julia Pott finds inspiration in UK paper-cut artist Rob Ryan. His illustrations reflect what is means to be human, exploring relationships and interconnectedness. Julia shares her favorite animations that jump for joy, shout, and ponder the many aspects of being alive.

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  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime says:

    Love it. Thanks fo sharing.

    4 years ago

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime says:

    "for" that is :)

    4 years ago

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz says:

    this is wonderful. thank you, thank you!

    4 years ago

  • LittleWeeShop

    LittleWeeShop says:

    "Live from Day to Day" - thank you Rob for the reminder and for sharing your love affair with paper. I formed my relationship with paper thanks to my father who allowed me to teach water color painting with him at the tender age of 12. Now I'm attempting to spread love through my wedding shop items... how wonderful to play a small part in a couples special day. ~ Jennifer

    4 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Very creative!

    4 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    I'm loving all these video playlists, yay!

    4 years ago

  • squid21r

    squid21r says:

    This is so beautiful! His work is truly stunning :) it's glad to see people believing in real love and emotions.

    4 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose says:

    Thank you for sharing this....I love this type of art and love his work!

    4 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    I love paper cutting. It's so beautiful. His work is amazing.

    4 years ago

  • foundheartsvintage

    foundheartsvintage says:

    Thank you for this! I have a book by Rob Ryan -- This Is For You, and it has become a family favorite. Now I must show this video to my kids...

    4 years ago

  • RossLab

    RossLab says:

    I love Rob's work. Thanks for sharing these videos: these animations definitely jump for joy :-)

    4 years ago

  • BlueGlassStudio

    BlueGlassStudio says:

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Wonderful article, thanks for sharing

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    4 years ago

  • ChrysalisCouture

    ChrysalisCouture says:

    thank you for sharing!! and what a perfect video to end with:)

    4 years ago

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink says:


    4 years ago

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers says:

    Happy Days!

    4 years ago

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering says:

    Woo hoo! Love it!

    4 years ago

  • flowslikewater

    flowslikewater says:

    I needed this.

    4 years ago

  • LaLaShoes

    LaLaShoes says:

    Very cool introduction! Absolutely loved Rob's portrait, beautiful work. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • studioku

    studioku says:

    Wow. His work is amazing!

    4 years ago

  • thedor

    thedor says:

    -- Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience -- Thanks for all your work and sharing it with us Julia!

    4 years ago

  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest says:

    What amazing and inspiring work. The artist really lives by one of my favorite Rumi quotes, "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." Rumi...Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Love them all!

    4 years ago

  • thenakedbird

    thenakedbird says:

    I LOVE Rob Ryan's idea that "we're all the same people that we were when we were children, we're just bigger and pretend that we're not." I completely agree, what a profound, but so simple and beautiful idea. I often need to remind myself to reconnect to 12 year old Brooke and acknowledge that she's still there with the same fears and hopes and desires. After all, children are some of the most creative creatures on the earth. If we shut out our inner child, we shut out a big source of creativity. What a wonderful, connected man. Reminds me a bit of Shel Silverstein!

    4 years ago

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage says:

    Rob Ryan ... thank you! All those who were a part of making and presenting this to Etsy ... many thank you's! I also feel that earth is our heaven and we chose to come here into this earth experience. What we find here in our experience is all up to us. I run my small vintage shop based on this others, share the light and bliss you've found, stay positive...knowing more of the same will come if you do. Peace and love to all my fellow earthlings and beyond. <3

    4 years ago

  • EstyElle

    EstyElle says:

    Great Idea, love it!

    4 years ago

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject says:

    Hello amazing playlist! Loved it... they were all so wonderful!! I feel like procrastinating some more now. ;)

    4 years ago

  • matouenpeluche

    matouenpeluche says:

    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed that! I watched every single one of them and I am now totally in awe of the talent you have shown us Julia!!! All amazing especially the Robin Bushell Zoo - beyond beyond mind bogglingly wonderful - thank you from the bottom of my heart! :0)

    4 years ago


    BOSTONandLONDON says:

    Simply Brilliant! made us both smile =)

    4 years ago

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons says:

    I loved these animations - so creative and unique :)

    4 years ago

  • joonijewelry

    joonijewelry says:

    Wow, on top of the amazing work, the story is very heartwarming.

    4 years ago

  • timserle

    timserle says:

    Thats Life, thank you.

    4 years ago

  • livebythesun

    livebythesun says:

    This is utterly wonderful!

    4 years ago

  • Pixandthecity

    Pixandthecity says:

    Thanks this is really beautiful artwork!

    4 years ago

  • SophieParker

    SophieParker says:

    So beautiful and touching. I've always loved Robs work but now I love it even more!

    4 years ago

  • erarsena Admin

    erarsena says:

    Wow! Thanks for showcasing this - it was touching and well done. I can't wait to see what he does next!

    4 years ago

  • LovelyCrochetBoutiq

    LovelyCrochetBoutiq says:

    That's absolutely beautifully inspirring work, very heartwarming story and dig the deepest feeling of our love and creativity! Thank's so much to filming this and share it with us!

    4 years ago

  • LittleFrenchOwl

    LittleFrenchOwl says:

    LOVE IT !!!!!!!! THANK YOU

    4 years ago


    ALPHABETSandINK says:

    I have loved Rob's work for quite awhile, it's so alive and well, homey, comfortable and easy to relate too. Thanks for featuring this incredible artist!

    4 years ago

  • susanszulc1

    susanszulc1 says:

    Being alive, I love it thankyou, it really cheered me up, it reminded me that the world still has a lot of good and kindness in it.x

    4 years ago

  • merseygirl

    merseygirl says:

    The animal animation is wonderful! Love the narrator an the animation is reminiscent of 60s Disney films but very raw and natural. Thankyou!

    4 years ago

  • merseygirl

    merseygirl says:

    The papercutting artist is fabulous. Love the work and will be looking out for that book! PLease let us know when it's published. x

    4 years ago

  • merseygirl

    merseygirl says:

    Procrastination -so true! Love the ending........

    4 years ago

  • bethwaterhouse

    bethwaterhouse says:

    Love this. I'd love to live in the pages of a Rob Ryan book.

    4 years ago

  • Luna20

    Luna20 says:

    This is such a beautiful inspiring video, Rob Ryan deserves all the praise he gets, have been a fan for a while and always find his work so romantic :)

    4 years ago

  • ReAdore

    ReAdore says:

    Inspirational, indeed! What is the small tool we see him using to cut out intricate details??

    4 years ago

  • oliviatarpey

    oliviatarpey says:

    Brilliant absolutely ! what a wonderful play list, cant honestly choose may favourite as they all touch on wats wonderful about being alive :) xx

    4 years ago

  • BethanyTea

    BethanyTea says:

    Perfect playlist, thanks Julia! So glad I've just discovered your illustrations too, they're so beautiful! Lovely stuff :) x

    4 years ago

  • smalltrade

    smalltrade says:

    Dear Julia, thank you for these gentle, charming reminders to take a deep breath and appreciate life and friends. I could watch these everyday, except for the procrastination one. Although it is a good reminder to just get up and get things going. I'm glad I'm not the only one who suffers from it.

    4 years ago