Have you ever been to Ryantown the wonderful shop of artist Rob Ryan? If you haven't you better get in quick! After over 7 years on Columbia Road they are closing their doors for good tomorrow so this will be your last chance to experience it in its full glory! I have visited many times before and it has always been a pleasure, the staff are lovely and the stock is divine.
On my visit to the Columbia Road Flower Market I popped in knowing that it would be my last time. I LOVE Rob's work, his style is instantly recognisable from intricate paper cuts to beautiful screen prints full of detail and personality. His birds, figures and patterns are accompanied by pieces of writing. One of my favourites being 'you can still do a lot with a small brain' as featured on the hand painted tiled mural in the shop (shown opposite). Inside the white walls give the shop a gallery feel, almost like you are viewing an exhibition rather than shopping inside a retail outlet.
I would love to own an original Rob Ryan screen print however I'm not going to lie my wall space has been completely maxed out. I don't have any spare space left on my wall, they are covered with prints and art galore that I have collected over the years. All of which have their own story and all fill my heart with joy and my home with happiness. When I next move it is my mission to get a piece from Rob to adorn my living room wall. One day fingers crossed!
I've got my beady eye on this piece here.
Alongside paper cuts and screen prints the shops hosts a collection of textiles, ceramics, stationary and much more.
I was lucky enough to meet Rob back in November last year at a talk he did at the Baltic in Gateshead. It was such a great event he was so humble and funny. I was left inspired and motivated to push forward in my own business and design work. Below is a photo of me meeting Rob as you can see I'm not great at doing a 'serious' pose!
Tomorrow is also the last day of the Ryantoon pop-up shop at the Baltic. It is situated in their event space on the ground floor. Here you will find a collection of his artwork and wares, all black and white in theme in homage to the 'toon'.
That's it just one more day get yourself down to have a look before its gone!
Have you ever been to Ryantown?