Ok, I know Rob Ryan’s whimsical, sentimental paper cut artwork isn’t exactly unknown, but I received a mug today decorated in his sweet little bird silhouettes (it’s my birthday!) and decided to have a browse through his website and etsy shop. We bought a print from him a couple of years ago of a couple holding hands in a stream that reads ‘everything that is supposed to be in heaven is already here on earth’ to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It is lovely and full of little details to notice every time I walk past it on the stairs. He enclosed a hand written card with it and it was wrapped using his own print sellotape- but what else would you expect from someone who must possess huge attention to detail.
Especially close to my heart is this commissioned work he did for Elle magazine to highlight the White Ribbon Alliance, a worldwide organisation dedicated to reducing women’s deaths from pregnancy and childbirth. Nearly every minute a woman dies from (most of the time utterly preventable) pregnancy complications, and yet these vast swathes of women die largely unnoticed by the rest of the world.
His most recent paper cuts seem to have a night-time theme and are a bit more dramatic and dark, both literally and thematically.
I can’t quite imagine the patience, skill and time it must take to hand cut all those tiny flowers, stars and letters. Beautiful.