Sometimes, growin' up is difficult...
Hi. I'm Ryan. I'm lucky. I've had the chance to pursue many of my passions.
I've been active in visual arts, dramatic performance and I love to sing.
On Growin' Up was a University art project that allowed me to consider and share some of the history that has helped me embrace more of who I am. I hope that in shining light on some of my darker moments, from the safety of the future where I have transcended them, I will help you do the same. I can also be a little cheeky. Sometimes.
Each book is hand-made, hand-cut, hand-bound, and with hand-chosen (by yours truly) colourful endpapers. To make them all a bit more special, I decided to hand number and sign each book - no two copies of On Growin’ Up are alike! Yep, that’s my handwriting. And my Dad’s, my Step-Mom’s, my Mom’s and a couple of stand-in ‘bully’ friends. Lots of hands went into this. Gotta hand it to us.
Right now, On Growin’ Up is going on tour and learning new languages. There are people all over who appreciate and celebrate its edgy but positive message, but don’t read English. So I’m working on translating it into French and German!