Rob Ryan

The London Original Print Fair 2017

Posted by on Thursday 4th May, 2017

We are excited to reveal Rob’s involvement in this years London Original Print Fair which is now on at the Royal Academy of Arts until Sunday 7th May.

Rob was commissioned by the fair to create a special tea trolley to be used during the show to deliver refreshments. Once Rob had come up with an idea for the artwork it was all go! The artwork itself was to be tea related and Rob wanted to try something completely new for the studio – printing the artwork in tea!!

After lots of experiments with adhesives and different loose leaf teas we felt confident enough to set to work.

Once on screen, Josh started by printing the artwork in adhesive onto plywood boards which had been cut to size to fit an existing tea trolley.


The boards were then sprinkled with tea leaves until they were covered to ensure that the tea would stick to the printed areas.


The excess tea leaves were shaken off the board and the design was revealed. The boards were then left flat to dry completely.


Rob along with Josh, our screenprinter, then worked to fix the wooden panels onto the trolley.









The trolley reads:

‘I won’t tell on you if you don’t tell on me !

‘But I’m hooked on the strongest drug of all …… your approval !


Alongside the commissioned tea trolley, and on the theme of tea leaf readings, Rob has created a limited edition teacup and saucer titled “The Leaves Never Lie”.

Each cup and saucer has been individually and carefully hand decaled and fired at the studio. They are numbered in an edition of 35 on the base of the saucer and available exclusively from TAG Fine Arts for the duration of the fair.







In addition to these ceramics TAG are exhibiting Rob’s newest series of papercuts at the fair.



The London Original Print Fair runs until 7th May at the Royal Academy of Arts, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly.

Briony Mullan
Studio Assistant