Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Now we are in the dark of winter when we leave the studio we are constantly struggling in the dark searching for the right keys with which to lock the door - but not for much
longer !!! Our new lantern is going to be installed and glass designer supremo Sasha Ward has made the glass up for us, its slowly coming together and I'm pretty excited!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Guardian G2 magazine asked me and 5 other artists to design a Christmas card.... and my one got the cover!!!
The other brilliant artists who designed cards are David Shrigley, Michael Craig-Martin, Polly Morgan, Matthew Darbyshire and Sarah Lucas. They are available to email or tweet or print out and post on The Guardian website

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Here is the newest lasercut!!!

Measures 26cm wide by 38.5cm high and comes in it's own ribbon-wrapped folder. Every lasercut is signed by me (initialled) in an edition of 300.

They are now available on etsy and will be in Ryantown this weekend at £80 each.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

We're in the process of making these beautiful plates at Ryantown HQ. Each design is hand-printed with ceramic ink and then applied the plate by hand. They are then fired here at the studio. There are several designs, taken from the papercuts in the recent 'The Stars Shine All Day Too'exhibition. They will only be available in the shop in the new year as they take such a long time to make!

Monday, December 06, 2010

If you're in London in the run-up to Christmas, head down Charing Cross Road to Foyles bookshop to see this lovely window display for the book 'Another Night Before Christmas'.
It's a lovely little book with a poem all about the night before Christmas, written by Carol Ann Duffy and illustrated by me!!!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Every year we do a new calendar at Ryantown and here's the latest!!
They are available in the shop and on ebay for £5 each.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I was asked by The Willow Foundation to create a canvas to be auctioned for the Stars On Canvas auction.
Well known faces from the worlds of sport, art, design, fashion, music and entertainment have drawn on their artistic skills in aid of the charity.
More than 300 canvases are being sold online through an eBay auction, which is open now, with bidding closing on 6 December 2010.
There is also a public exhibition which runs from 2 - 5 December at Catto Gallery, 100 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1DP
Exhibition opening times:
Thu 2 Dec: 3pm - 6pm • Fri 3 & Sat 4 Dec: 10am - 6pm • Sun 5 Dec: 12.30pm - 6pm
The money from the auction will be going to a great cause - The Willow Foundation is the only charity of its kind providing special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds throughout the UK.
You can find my canvas here... get bidding!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Good news!

The silk scarf is up on Etsy!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

For those of you who won't get a chance to see the exhibition in Stafford... here are a few of the little Staffordshire cats in the show!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Last Friday, the show in Stafford was officially opened by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. We spent a few days in Stafford, at the Shire Hall Gallery hanging the show, so here are some photos of the work in progress. If you get a chance to drop in, the show is on until January and is full of brand new papercuts and ceramics as well as all the original cuts from 'The Gift'. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Last night Lulu Guinness had a night at my London Show at the the Air Gallery to launch the fan bag she has made with my design on it. It was a fun night but the best thing ever was there was a really cool photobooth machine there !!! As you can see fun was had by all the Ryantown Massive !!!, featuring above....Hazel and Cynthia - Camille, Hazel and Hobby - Me and Hazel - Me and Lorna - Adam, Amaia, Jackie and Me - Jackie, Libby and Amaia - Jackie and Libby - Me, Hazel, Jackie and Libby....etc!
You can now bid on the bag on ebay. It is the only one available worldwide and is signed by both me and Lulu. All proceeds go to the charity ASAP... so bid!!!!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

'THE STARS SHINE ALL DAY TOO' My Show of new Papercuts is up at
The Air Gallery, which is located at 32 Dover Street, close to Green Park underground station. The nearest underground stations are Green Park (on the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Victoria Lines), Piccadilly Circus (on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines) and Bond Street (on the Jubilee and Central lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

The exhibition will be open 1st - 20th November 2010.
Opening Times: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. Saturday, 11am-4pm. Sunday, 12-4pm. Admission Free.

I'm really happy with a lot of the work in the show and I hope that some of you who live in or near LDN get to see it, it's the culmination of a fairly busy year but no letting up - tomorrow we travel up to Stafford to start installing the show at The Shire Hall Gallery that opens on Friday night (12th).

Friday, October 29, 2010

I was honored to be asked by the brilliant Lulu Guinness to design a fan bag along with Paloma Faith and Sophie Dahl. The design comes from a papercut that many of you may have seen in the Pick Me Up exhibition at Somerset House and was re-worked to fit the bag. Every star on the bag is hand embroidered with silver thread and dotted with Swarovski crystals. IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!! There has only been one made which will be auctioned from 8th-20th November so keep an eye out on Lulu's website!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This month, we've been busy making lots of Staffordshire dogs and cats for the Stafford show and the dogs made the cover of the latest issue of Crafts magazine!!
The magazine have done an article about my work written by the lovely Teleri Lloyd-Jones and you can see a sneak preview of some of the work for Stafford in the piece.

Friday, October 22, 2010

We've just had a delivery of the new Roger La Borde cards to the studio. They're foil blocked onto recycled card and come in packs of 10 with sweet little foiled envelopes. Three designs will be available from Ryantown this weekend.

I'm in the middle of preparing for 2 solo shows of my work in November, one in London and one in Stafford. The London show will be mainly brand new papercuts and prints and a couple of little suprises too! Stafford is going to be a big ceramic show, along with the original papercut illustrations from Carol Ann Duffy's new book 'The Gift' and new papercuts and prints. All info is on the picture above. Come!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

NEW TAPE!!!!! It's always an exiting day at Ryantown HQ when a new tape arrives and here's the newest! I designed this in conjunction with an exhibition that I am going to be putting on at the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford from 13th November. The title of the show is 'Your Job Is To Take This World Apart And Then Put It Back Together Again... But Even Better!!!' and will be a mixture of ceramics and papercuts. The tape reads the same as the show title and is available from my etsy and Ryantown this weekend!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

British Airways Highlife magazine asked me to create a postcard sized papercut for their charity auction. All proceeds go to Flying Start, the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief. The auction ends at one minute to midnight on 1st November.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Yesterday, Emily Peacock brought around the tapestry kits and this amazing cushion she had made from the first ever 'Give Me Work' tapestry!
The kits have gone onto both mine and Emily's Etsy this morning and will be available from Ryantown and Emily's website as well as Liberty's in London.

Monday, September 27, 2010

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the design and publishing company, Roger La Borde have collaborated with Liberty of London to create a pop-up shop in the Carnaby Room of the department store. I have worked with Roger La Borde for a few years now and was invited to create a limited edition print for the pop-up shop shown here. Also on show is one of my bigger papercuts and original artworks from other brilliant artists such as Su Blackwell, Aya Kakeda and Elise Hurst.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The amazing Emily Peacock and her daughter Ruby came to visit me yesterday. They brought with them the finished sample of our Tapestry which will be available to buy at the start of October.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Here is a full-length photo of the scarf as promised! Hopefully you can get a better idea of the size from this picture taken in the yard outside the studio.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We have just seen the beautiful first sample of a silk scarf I designed in collaboration with NV London Calcutta, an ethical accessories company run by the lovely Naomi Cornelius-Reid. The silk is hand-spun in a small village in West Bengal and then hand-screen printed in Calcutta using non-toxic inks. It will be available to buy sometime next month from Ryantown, NV London Calcutta and selected outlets. The scarf measures 2.5 metres long and looks absolutely incredible!!! You will be able to buy the scarf on it's own, or alongside the ethically made buffalo leather bag as an ingenious handle.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Here at Ryantown, we screen print these thank you cards to go in the package with every etsy sale from my online etsy shop as a little thank you for buying something from me. Every once in a while I like to change things up with some new designs. So here they are!!