Thursday, October 13, 2011

happy (late) birthday to my dear friend, part one

After walking quite a ways from the tube station at Bethnal Green in London, we were crushed to find that the brick and mortar Ryantown was only open on weekends. So I thought this book might make a nice consolation gift for Robyn. It's a book from their shop about Rob Ryan's exhibition You Can Still Do A Lot With A Small Brain.

And see, the Man himself included a sweet thank you note and a lovely scrolly inscription inside the book. Wow. Just wow. I highly recommend their online shop if you can't jet to London. Wonderful service!

Besides the actual mesmerizing artwork, the book gives a lot of insight into the workings of his studio and the techniques he uses to create his astounding papercuts. Look how he wraps his Xacto in tape so he can hold it at the very tip to cut the letters. Upward. I guess turning the hugemongous paper is not an option.

You can see more of Mister Rob's work here, and he has a new book coming out right now called A Sky Full Of Kindness. It's about two birds becoming parents for the first time, and I'd love to get my hands on a copy.

Part two of Robyn's late birthday present coming up next.
(Hey, Robyn, look:
Rob Ryan minus R then minus a = Robyn. There are only two degrees of separation between you.)


  1. I am in love with my perfect birthday gifts! Thank you thank you thank you!

  2. I love Rob Ryan. The Gift is one of my favorite books. I know The Book Depository has A Sky Full of Kindness...and they offer free shipping on everything!

  3. Oh, Robyn, I'm so glad! Just sorry it was tardy.

    Mamalou, wow, thanks for the tip!


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