Ryan Harris 

Welcome to The Asteroid Belt...

The Spacekins came to my dog and I one day on a deserted beach.

Over time, these walks with The Spacekins (and my dog) became litter picking missions, and by summer we were regularly filling several large carrier bags with refuse of all descriptions on each visit.
Some of this went for recycling, but among the unwanted and discarded, I began to see strange machines, flickers of half-formed beings and fragments of spacecraft, evolving in the collection that I had amassed.

On our subsequent visits, I began to think of the coastline as "The Asteroid Belt" - home of The Spacekin people, a transitory world of drifting space rocks, a world beleaguered by a regular tide of strange and mysterious debris.

Gradually, the population grew...

The Spacekins themselves are the main inhabitants - tiny, space-suited beings obsessed with exploration and discovery, but each with their own peculiar drives, loves, and failings.

"The Dirty Gherkins" (giant vessels that regularly pass through The Belt - dumping huge amounts of rubbish, before departing for who knows where.)

And "The Tea Time Tribe" - a sinister, confection-obsessed band of former Spacekins, now adrift on a rogue cluster of asteroids, periodically but unpredictability bringing sugar-coated terror to the Spacekin realm...

I really hope that you will enjoy viewing these, my illustrations, every bit as much as I have enjoyed creating them.
Materials and Inspiration 
Most of the materials used in my illustrations come (regrettably) from the coastline close to my home.  
A fair amount are found on our streets, in parks, green areas and other public places, as well as from household recycling and other odds and ends.
All of these bits and pieces are thoroughly cleaned, dried and then stored in large containers (pictured.)

Occasionally, a found object will inspire a design straight away, its physical appearance immediately reminiscent of a spacecraft, or a probe, or a two-headed robot, or some other weird cosmic machine - but this isn't always the case, and much of the time I will already have an idea for a finished piece in mind, and a lot of what I collect is based around it having "future potential..."

I usually sketch out initial ideas in pencil first, letting my imagination run with a concept and exploring as many design alternatives as I can imagine.

After this stage, it becomes a matter of trawling through the "bits box" for parts, parts that best lend themselves to the sketchbook version of the piece.

There is invariably a compromise between the materials to hand and the original design.
This part really makes the build more interesting for me, and the resulting piece becomes one that has evolved almost independently - beyond complete control - it can be quite surprising to see what turns a project will take, and it is one of my favourite parts of the process.

  • Margate, England, United Kingdom

 So glad I came to your exhibition on Friday evening. Your work is both clever & amusing. Well done. 

Eric Honzek

 Ryan's work is an other-worldly experience. Surprisingly so, given it's made from the minute debris of ours, but reimagined beyond simplistic recycling. Bright, colourful and full of whimsy, it will put a smile on the dourest of faces. 


 Seeing your work in the flesh so to speak was a delight and certainly put a smile on my face. Thoughtful pieces, yet amusing. The models are amazing!!! 

Mike Samson
Artist and Owner at York Street Gallery, Ramsgate

 Splendid! I'm honoured to be supporting such a talented, creative and exciting project! 

Bev Serafinowicz
Spacekins Fan

 Excellent work and a fascinating project, we would love to help you get The Spacekins into space! 

Harry Spring
Co-founder at "Send My Stuff Into Space"

 It was an absolute pleasure to host you and your Spacekins, they are such a great bunch of guys, playful, whimsical and with a purpose. I can't wait to see them out amongst the stars up to their usual frolics. 

Phil Oldfield
Proprietor, The Front Room Gallery, Ramsgate

 More than genius. Multi-generational in appeal, the artwork rolls back boundaries, putting a magic spell on pollution to turn it into a loveable universe, characterful and quirky. 

Ally Dodd
Spacekins Fan

 I really enjoyed Ryan's exhibition. Quirky, clever, humorous, imaginative and eco friendly what more could you ask for? 

Mary Lou Robinson Sharrock
Spacekins Fan

 Very enjoyable! Thank you! 

Adam A. Weller
Spacekins Fan

 What an imagination! 

Lesley Gray
Spacekins Fan

 Great show, Ryan! 

Jo Turner
Proprietor, Turner-Rowe Gallery, Ramsgate

 Always a pleasure to see your work! 

Peter Rackley
Help send a Spacekin into ACTUAL SPACE!!!