My first encounter with Rob Ryans work was during a project I was basing around fast fashion and the throwaway culture we live in today. I had come across Celia Birtwells sixties paper dresses and wanted to find some more contemporary remakes. I flicked through Vogue and found a feature on just that. Designers had been challenged to create a look using this very fragile material. Many of the pieces were angular and looked somewhat futuristic. Rob Ryans, on the other hand, was simply whimsical. A simple sihouette with cut paper creating the most fantastic print. It really looked wearable!
Recently I was reminded of his talents whilst in Brighton. I found a beautiful set of mugs. His distinct style features birds and natural forms that intertwine to create amazing paper cuts and screen prints. Colour palettes are kept simple leaving the busy patterns and quirky shapes to make a statement. He has collaborated with Tatty Devine, Paul Smith and The Rug Company to name but a few. His intricate designs can be seen on products such as ceramic mugs and tiles as well as luxurious silk scarves and even jewellery. Visit his etsy shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/misterrob or his webpage here http://www.misterrob.co.uk/.
The amazing paper dress featured in Vogue! The colour palette is classic black and white, again, keeping it simple allowing the cutwork to be the statement. I think the use of scale in this piece is interesting, with the larger organic forms falling nearer the bottom of the dress and smaller detailing towards the waist tricking the eye and making it a very flattering piece to wear.
An example of the products produced for Tatty Devine
His work has also been used in retail such as this display for Liberty