Rob Ryan

Creative Collaboration: Making It Work

Posted by on Thursday 5th June, 2014


Thank you to everyone who came to Rob and Harriet’s talk last Thursday at Sohocreate.

Sohocreate is a new and inspiring festival of creativity, which is taking place in London now. Some of Britains best creative artists have been asked to discuss their craft and share their inspirations. This is the first festival to focus entirely on creativity across theatre, film, advertising, music, sound, games, SFX and fashion.

Rob and Harriet of Tatty Devine kicked off the festival, their talk was Chaired by their brilliant and talented friend Rachael Matthews of Prick Your Finger – a big thank you once again to Rachael for being part of the morning’s events!


After an introduction into both Harriet and Rob’s backgrounds they discussed how they became friends and came to working together, from Rob printing leather keyboard belts for Tatty Devine in the very early days, to his exhibition of painted height rulers in their Brick Lane shop.

lornaspoem  birdruler  morrisseyruler

Rob and Tatty Devine first collaborated in 2008 with a collection of perspex and wooden jewellery, the pieces were displayed within papercuts, this piece is really special and details all the things in Harriet, Rosie and Rob’s hearts.



Harriet and Rob then discussed their recent fine jewellery collaboration, which built on their previous collection. Harriet helped to take the best elements from Rob’s work and translate his ideas into jewellery. The collection came together really naturally as they know each other and have a great deal of respect for each others work. To read more about the collaboration you can read my blog post here.


Harriet and Rob could have talked for hours but they had to stop somewhere – we left time for questions from the audience and for people to come up and meet them individually.



Rob really enjoyed sharing his part of this story with you and answering all of your questions. I hope it inspired you to embark on your own creative collaborations in the future!

Louise Renforth
Studio Assistant