This is the final segment of my posts on my favorite artists from the fair, and it isn't just that Ryan Hansen is a total cutie that I picked him to feature, he also had really fun and clever goods. Ryan's business is called Magic Industrie and it is based in Santa Monica. Ryan has been making art all his life, but has actively pursuing making a living from it for the past 2 years. So what does Ryan make? Well he takes vintage hardback books and uses the covers to make wallets, pins, cuff bracelets and more.
|Ryan with his cuff bracelets, his wallets, and his cute glasses!|
The coolest part of Ryan's collection, the magical part, are his wallets that make your dough magically disappear. Is it a commentary on our current state of economic decline, or is it just clean fun...?
|A wallet closed...|
|One interior view...|
|Then you close and reopen and somehow the money is now under these straps...|
...and then you close and re-open and the money is hidden! I lost my picture of that phase however, sigh...but I can tell you it is an experience not to be missed....it's spellbinding...
|Buttons from book spines!|
Ryan has been doing the Renegade since 2010 and when not at this fair he peddles his wares at local farmers markets where he has created quite a following. In fact, in the past couple of years he has been able to make a living off of his art. To fellow artists starting out, he advises to get a good website as a number one priority. Ryan is always busy making his book products, but he loves what he's doing, especially the traveling he gets to do and all the great people he gets to meet along the way. I for one am glad to have met him and hope to see him again at next years show.
If you want to check out Ryan's work, his website is:http://www.magicindustrie.com/
and his facebook fan page is:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magic-Industrie/185873524790788?ref=ts