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Handmade Portraits: Rob Ryan

Oct 11, 2011

by Tara Young

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(Music by Hold Me, Jonathan Cazeave, Marcy Hokama, Industries of the Blind)

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 said 8 years ago

    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.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

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

  • ministephanie

    ministephanie said 8 years ago

    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.

  • BettyTurbo

    BettyTurbo said 8 years ago

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

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz said 8 years ago

    Love his work. Very dreamy and romantic and innocent.

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 8 years ago

    Love work and interesting article

  • blockpartyprints

    blockpartyprints said 8 years ago

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

  • anowlis

    anowlis said 8 years ago

    What beautiful, fantastic work!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 8 years ago

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

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 8 years ago

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

  • LorenzKraft

    LorenzKraft said 8 years ago

    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.

  • LeighsArt

    LeighsArt said 8 years ago

    amazing work!

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 8 years ago

    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.

  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK said 8 years ago

    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!

  • karuliine

    karuliine said 8 years ago

    Just AMAZING...

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 8 years ago

    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!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 8 years ago


  • GiftsWithCharm

    GiftsWithCharm said 8 years ago

    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!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great work. Thanks for sharing!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 8 years ago

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

  • galstudio

    galstudio said 8 years ago

    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!

  • thedaintyapronista

    thedaintyapronista said 8 years ago

    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!

  • urbanlegend

    urbanlegend said 8 years ago

    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.

  • marigoldgardens

    marigoldgardens said 8 years ago

    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.

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum said 8 years ago

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

  • CactusCreek

    CactusCreek said 8 years ago

    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! ;);)

  • sianuska

    sianuska said 8 years ago

    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.

  • UUPP

    UUPP said 8 years ago

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

  • seacucumbermama

    seacucumbermama said 8 years ago


  • scandivintage

    scandivintage said 8 years ago

    This is both dreamy and real. Lovely :)

  • tensirk

    tensirk said 8 years ago

    That is awesome work. I love how it just comes to be. I hope his work becomes successful. I love it. Kristen

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 8 years ago

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

  • whenifnotnow

    whenifnotnow said 8 years ago

    "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.

  • ihearttomjones

    ihearttomjones said 8 years ago

    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.

  • daintyprettythings

    daintyprettythings said 8 years ago

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

  • robin101

    robin101 said 8 years ago

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

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 8 years ago

    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!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

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

  • littlecaper

    littlecaper said 8 years ago

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

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • LoucheLab

    LoucheLab said 8 years ago

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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Great work!

  • joymac

    joymac said 8 years ago

    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 :)

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 8 years ago

    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.

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap said 8 years ago

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

  • VanessaBryand

    VanessaBryand said 8 years ago

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

  • rebel526

    rebel526 said 8 years ago

    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.

  • CyndiesART

    CyndiesART said 8 years ago

    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 :) :) :)

  • mrYen

    mrYen said 8 years ago

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

  • PebblesPatch

    PebblesPatch said 8 years ago

    Wow your work is beautiful!

  • seaglassvintage

    seaglassvintage said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful and talented person Rob Ryan is!

  • LilyMoon

    LilyMoon said 8 years ago

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

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 8 years ago


  • Galavant

    Galavant said 8 years ago

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

  • MusePerGioco

    MusePerGioco said 8 years ago

    We really love Rob Ryan, he's a grat inspiration for us

  • megandarienzo

    megandarienzo said 8 years ago

    absolutely beautiful work from such an inspirational artist.

  • vanjakragulj

    vanjakragulj said 8 years ago

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

  • sarahryanstudio

    sarahryanstudio said 8 years ago

    Fantastic. The real deal!

  • maryv1214

    maryv1214 said 8 years ago

    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!

  • MollyandTenbrooks

    MollyandTenbrooks said 8 years ago

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

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 8 years ago

    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.

  • juliekobin

    juliekobin said 8 years ago

    Amazing work - thank you for sharing!

  • SeedsofBeauty

    SeedsofBeauty said 8 years ago

    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!!

  • TwoLittleEggs

    TwoLittleEggs said 8 years ago

    All I can say is, Wow.

  • genifa

    genifa said 8 years ago

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

  • genifa

    genifa said 8 years ago

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

  • kowaikuma

    kowaikuma said 8 years ago

    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.

  • rayebienco

    rayebienco said 8 years ago

    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.

  • jlprunty

    jlprunty said 8 years ago

    lovely work!

  • smoored7

    smoored7 said 8 years ago

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

  • slugwork

    slugwork said 8 years ago

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

  • DarwinsDress

    DarwinsDress said 8 years ago

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

  • sistersilver

    sistersilver said 8 years ago

    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!

  • lppruittt

    lppruittt said 8 years ago

    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 ) :~))

  • barkdecor

    barkdecor said 8 years ago

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

  • ServingToSave

    ServingToSave said 8 years ago

    So sweet!

  • AnneSea

    AnneSea said 8 years ago

    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.

  • lititz777

    lititz777 said 8 years ago

    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!

  • arieslovesleo

    arieslovesleo said 8 years ago

    His work is inspiring and so beautiful!

  • PaintMyCloud

    PaintMyCloud said 8 years ago

    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.

  • octobermoon

    octobermoon said 8 years ago

    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.

  • bjhissong

    bjhissong said 8 years ago

    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!

  • myazaria

    myazaria said 8 years ago

    Love his work!

  • paulaspace

    paulaspace said 8 years ago

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

  • oaksandacorns

    oaksandacorns said 8 years ago

    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!

  • carolinesdaley

    carolinesdaley said 8 years ago

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

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 8 years ago

    Big admirer. Loved this portrait!

  • BecArtDesign

    BecArtDesign said 8 years ago

    I love his work! His papercutting is so beautiful.

  • dejamonetdriver

    dejamonetdriver said 8 years ago

    this is completely adorable & beautiful (:

  • Micaljs

    Micaljs said 8 years ago

    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.

  • WhisperingBirches

    WhisperingBirches said 8 years ago

    Amazingly beautiful. Timeless.

  • gilbug1

    gilbug1 said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Beautiful!

  • MyMagnolia

    MyMagnolia said 8 years ago

    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.

  • KyleighsPapercuts

    KyleighsPapercuts said 8 years ago

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

  • SundayOwl

    SundayOwl said 8 years ago

    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.

  • woolheadworks

    woolheadworks said 8 years ago

    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.

  • CindyKahlerThomas

    CindyKahlerThomas said 8 years ago

    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.

  • OldeTymeNotions

    OldeTymeNotions said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful & amazing artist!

  • nakedangel

    nakedangel said 8 years ago

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

  • DuBuhDuDesigns

    DuBuhDuDesigns said 8 years ago

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

  • nahonzak

    nahonzak said 8 years ago

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

  • beatlebreath

    beatlebreath said 8 years ago

    Such sweet pure sentiments. Truly works of beauty.

  • HoneysuckleKiss

    HoneysuckleKiss said 8 years ago

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

  • kare1214

    kare1214 said 8 years ago

    wow, that video made me feel happy. :)

  • megashark

    megashark said 8 years ago

    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.

  • lunaklara

    lunaklara said 8 years ago

    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.

  • ihatecelery

    ihatecelery said 8 years ago

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

  • ppeters1

    ppeters1 said 8 years ago

    very simply...such joy!

  • heatherluise

    heatherluise said 8 years ago

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

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago

    I love his work!

  • knitalatte

    knitalatte said 8 years ago

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

  • carewood

    carewood said 8 years ago

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

  • myhideaway

    myhideaway said 8 years ago

    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.

  • ejelsmo

    ejelsmo said 8 years ago

    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.

  • mspavey

    mspavey said 8 years ago

    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.

  • TheBeadFeed

    TheBeadFeed said 8 years ago

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

  • thevintagebuttonjar

    thevintagebuttonjar said 8 years ago

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

  • kjelliott81

    kjelliott81 said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! What works of inspiration really!

  • maryloubelisle

    maryloubelisle said 8 years ago

    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.

  • melissa845

    melissa845 said 8 years ago

    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!

  • pangeadesign

    pangeadesign said 8 years ago

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

  • brandyjimenez

    brandyjimenez said 8 years ago

    My best friend’s mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here NuttyRich dot com

  • nehannmom

    nehannmom said 8 years ago

    Your work is exquisite!!! Love it.

  • fragoluna

    fragoluna said 8 years ago

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

  • jadegreenjess

    jadegreenjess said 8 years ago

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

  • skybluesea

    skybluesea said 8 years ago

    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.

  • crochetedmusic

    crochetedmusic said 8 years ago

    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 ~

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 8 years ago

    Great Post!

  • BetsyBleepBlop

    BetsyBleepBlop said 8 years ago

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

  • HouseThatCrowBuilt

    HouseThatCrowBuilt said 8 years ago

    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!

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 8 years ago

    Enjoyable post. It made my heart sing.

  • ooTREEBIRDoo

    ooTREEBIRDoo said 8 years ago

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

  • jsmiller

    jsmiller said 8 years ago

    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!

  • wetpond57

    wetpond57 said 8 years ago

    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.

  • MouseTracks

    MouseTracks said 8 years ago

    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!!!

  • kkomatsubara

    kkomatsubara said 8 years ago

    intricate, inspiring, and so beautiful!

  • ArtMadeByTammy

    ArtMadeByTammy said 8 years ago

    Truly Amazing!

  • vommeervintage

    vommeervintage said 8 years ago

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

  • klaraslostandfound

    klaraslostandfound said 8 years ago

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

  • 007hockey

    007hockey said 8 years ago

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

  • wildsweet

    wildsweet said 8 years ago

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

  • DecadesAgo

    DecadesAgo said 8 years ago

    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.

  • mel1958

    mel1958 said 8 years ago

    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.

  • polkadotscloud

    polkadotscloud said 8 years ago

    amazing, honest and so touching :)

  • maudemay123

    maudemay123 said 8 years ago

    Rob's works make my heart expand.

  • TamRasha

    TamRasha said 8 years ago

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

  • TamRasha

    TamRasha said 8 years ago

    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:) clutter of colors or textures...Wonderful...

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages said 8 years ago

    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

  • BeauBazaar

    BeauBazaar said 8 years ago

    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.

  • rowanjoy

    rowanjoy said 8 years ago

    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.

  • bring

    bring said 8 years ago

    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.

  • myneedlehabit

    myneedlehabit said 8 years ago

    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".

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame said 8 years ago

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

  • supapeck

    supapeck said 8 years ago

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

  • FabPins

    FabPins said 8 years ago

    I love Rob Ryan!

  • winsomeandsaucy

    winsomeandsaucy said 8 years ago

    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. for more info. or email if you wish to come along to the evening book signing with Rob on 3rd.

  • ArtLuminous

    ArtLuminous said 8 years ago

    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.

  • crembrulaa

    crembrulaa said 8 years ago

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

  • kristin1389

    kristin1389 said 8 years ago

    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 :)

  • Bisabuela

    Bisabuela said 8 years ago

    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

  • moonmum

    moonmum said 8 years ago

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

  • Exclusivedesigns

    Exclusivedesigns said 8 years ago

    Just have to love this.

  • Oyeloria

    Oyeloria said 8 years ago

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

  • CabinCastle

    Melinda Downing from CabinCastle said 8 years ago

    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.

  • keneka

    Penny from keneka said 8 years ago

    I love Rob Ryan's work :^)

  • organicfairymom

    organicfairymom from organicfairymom said 8 years ago

    How lovely. And impressive. Wow.

  • pengyuw

    Pengyu Wang said 4 years ago

    Very nice film! Rob is such a talented artist,cannot wait for working with him together!

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