...one of my little Russian Doll brooches. Handsome things did a post on Nadia from Cupcake Couture and I spotted one of my little Russian Doll brooches that Nadia has used to add to one of her beautiful brooches. So exciting! So lovely to see one of my little creations put to good use!
Like all the best fairy tales, it has a darker undercurrent: it tells the story of two married birds about to have a baby. Ryan explains, "It's a tale of a fearful mother about to bring a child into the world in this age of anxiety."
Frightened by the warnings of other birds, the mother-to-be sets out on a voyage of discovery, eventually returning to her husband and newborn chick a changed bird.
Full of wistful refrains ("I will wait! I will return! I will wait!") swirling around Ryan's ethereal illustrations, it's like a grown-up bedtime story."I'm an anxious person so I wrote it to soothe my own fears," he says.
The artist, whose romantic vision and laser-cut prints are loved by everyone from Lulu Guinness to Paul Smith, creates each page by hand with exquisite care, "this book took six months cutting and drawing," he explains. As these pictures from inside the book show, it was well worth it, Rob!