Sunday 22 April 2018

The loves of my life: Jane Ryan, fashion illustrator

Illustrator Jane Ryan. Photo: Ferghal Phillips
Illustrator Jane Ryan. Photo: Ferghal Phillips

Her positive parents feature prominently in the loves of the fashion illustrator's life.

The person

My parents. They are very positive people who gave us a great childhood, and always encouraged us to do what we loved

The memory

Sitting on the front lawn with my older brother, when I was about four, as he was trying to persuade me to eat grass; and watching a space shuttle launch during a family holiday in Florida

The moment of the day

Mornings - I am told I am quite good-humoured when I wake up, and I love breakfast

The pet hate

Drivers who do not indicate at roundabouts; and people taking photographs non-stop when they are out socialising - it ruins the moment

The song

Billie Jean, by Michael Jackson. I remember watching the video when I was a child, and being so blown away by him that I rang my best friend and told her to turn on the TV

The movie

This year, Room; child actor Jacob Tremblay was incredible. Also, The Big Short, which is about the 2007-2008 financial crisis, for the funny, guest-cameo economic explanations

The hero

Nurses, carers, people working in the medical profession and the Civil Defence, especially the volunteers

The beauty product

Almond oil and rosa mosqueta oil - I prefer natural oils to face creams

The book

Open, the Andre Agassi biography. I love reading about people's lives, especially their public and private facade. For fiction, I love The House Of The Spirits by Isabel Allende

The outfit

Coats; my whole wardrobe consists of jackets. I have no clothes!

The accessory

A large, hand-made, silver-and-bronze-wire wrap ring that I bought at Portobello Market in London. I lost it for about six months, and I was so happy when I found it in a jacket pocket

The gadget

My iPhone, especially the Maps app for driving, as I have a terrible sense of direction

The friend

I have a great group of friends, both old and new, home and abroad. I am very lucky to have them

The holiday

A trip to Peru and Brazil a few years ago, climbing Machu Picchu with a group of my London friends. Also, Marrakech, in Morocco, for the amazing medina and the gorgeous food

The piece of advice

"Keep a cool head, a dry foot and the odd look back" - my father's favourite saying from his own father

The drink

Irish coffee; and fresh orange juice

The hotel

The Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio De Janeiro. A stunning art deco hotel right on the beach

The bar

Phil Carroll's in Clonmel, Co Tipperary; and in Dublin, the Stag's Head and Kehoe's

The hobby

Pottering around markets, collecting books and the like. I also like long walks up the mountain or by the ocean, followed by Irish coffees

The part of my body

The mole on my neck

The celebrity

Barbara Hulanicki, founder of Biba. I met her at a book signing years ago in London, and she's a really vibrant lady who has had such a varied, interesting career

The virtue

I'm a free spirit

The vice

Impatience; and chocolate

The smell

Fresh linen

The taste

My mum's brown bread recipe, hot with butter; and the pate in the Tannery Restaurant in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. I also love the salmon ravioli at La Risata in Kuala Lumpur. My friends lived there for a few years, and La Risata is a small, local restaurant, but their pasta is the best that I have ever tasted


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