Rob Ryan

The Rug Company


This paper cut was transformed into a hand made tapestry wallhanging by The Rug Company in 2009.

“Because the majority of my work originates from being cut with scalpels from single sheets of paper, I never considered at all the possibility of trying a tapestry, but when I met with The Rug Company to discuss this project, I realized that the limitations of working in this medium were not going to be as rigid as I had supposed. The design was cut first in paper at the same size as the wall hanging, it was then photographed with the lighting adjusted to show just enough shadow to give the image a sense of depth. Uplifting and inspiring. A complex and intricate ode to simplicity.”

Rob Ryan We Had Everything is a hand made tapestry, stretched on a wooden frame for hanging.


‘We had nothing, we had not much, we had enough, we had everything. Please don’t ever let me have too much’


100cm x 100cm


Date: 2009
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