“latte foam, goop, and gumption”


This is probably the craziest story I’ve had on the podcast yet. You have to listen {try not to throw your phone across the room in a jealous rage inspired excitement!} I’m talking to New York based Artist, with a capital A, Rachel Ryle about her crazy amazing Instagram feed that changed her life within a matter of weeks. Literally. You can listen right up there under the paper latte, or subscribe on iTunes. As you’re listening, take a look at her animations… although you might want to watch after we chat because the songs in the animations might play over our talking. Technical glitch! Ok, first up, a few photos from Alt Summit this past June, where Rachel and I met:


Oh, Alt Summit photo booths… the location of so many new friendships. Alright, let’s get on with the animations that go along with her crazy inspiring story! This first one is the project she was working on until 4am, that caused her to sleep in past our recording time {totally worth it}:

I’ve teamed up with @kindsnacks to give away custom pieces of my art that are truly one of a KIND! In celebration of their new & yummy Popped bars, we’re looking for the #MomentThatPopped in your summer! By simply sharing your favorite summer photos, you’ll be entered to win a custom vintage lunchbox featuring a recreation of your special moment hand illustrated by me! Here’s all you have to do: 1. Post a photo of your favorite summer moment on Instagram or Twitter 2. Tag @kindsnacks and use #MomentThatPopped + #giveaway in your post Boom! You’re now entered to win a customized lunchbox of your favorite summer moment, kindly brought to you by @kindsnacks & me! #stopmotion #animation #summer #summertime #art

A video posted by Rachel Ryle (@rachelryle) on

Gah! So cute! And now, stepping back two years, this next piece is the first animation, titled “Make Something & Grow”, that started it all:

Make something & grow. #stopmotion #sketch #art A video posted by Rachel Ryle (@rachelryle) on

Oh, and right around here she mentioned a music video that she had seen years before she ever did any animating, that kind of blew her mind. This is it. Ok, more animations … this is a very early latte animation, just a couple of weeks in, that got her an interview on a morning show in California:

Latte Art #stopmotion #animation #sketch #art #coffee #latte #barista #latteart

A video posted by Rachel Ryle (@rachelryle) on

… the sneaky beer animation that led to one of her first paid animations … clever lady. 

… and now she’s got a huge list of clients including Volkswagen, Goop, Rag & Bone, [lots, lots, lots more], and Starbucks:

Now I want a cake pop. And she’s not only doing client work … she creates so many animations just for the love of making. Here are a bunch of my favorites from her personal collection. These range from early pieces, to more recent. You can actually see her getting more and more creative with each one!

Cotton candy, anyone? #stopmotion #animation #art #sketch #cottoncandy #vintage #yumminess   A video posted by Rachel Ryle (@rachelryle) on

And there are zillions more where these came from! Be prepared to get sucked in when you visit her Instagram feed … they’re like chips … one is just not enough! And with that, her latest personal animation, that just bumped her over 500,000 Instagram followers!?

Well there you have it … one of the craziest stories ever, and a really good lesson in following your gut! Thank you so much to Rachel for doing this with me {note to self: next time ask her about her perfect, colorful manicures!}, to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and big thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

comments (19)

  1. Val @ Muse Fondue /// 08.22.2015 /// 11:37am

    Wow, what cool work! I’m not surprised she became a huge hit. I’m sure I’ll see her work everywhere now.

  2. the jealous curator /// 08.22.2015 /// 5:34pm

    yes… hopefully at the beginning of a movie coming soon ; )

  3. marc cardwell /// 08.23.2015 /// 7:11am

    i dont comment on every podcast, but i really want to stress: these things really add to my hope level (i didn’t say “give me hope” because i’m not hopeless!). i have a good job as a designer (and i’m an ok designer, not a great one), but most of the time, i don’t love it. i don’t draw or make art enough because i’m too rusty to draw and watch too much tv to make digital art. i’m either too lazy or too busy or too scared to do the creative un-blocker type things… ramble will stop now, i just wanted to say how great these are.

  4. the jealous curator /// 08.23.2015 /// 8:18pm

    thanks so much marc and jennifer … so happy you’re liking the podcast. they add to my “hope level” too ; )

  5. Jennifer Johansson /// 08.23.2015 /// 1:40pm

    I loved this episode! It was really fun to hear Rachel’s story. Not only is she a talented illustrator, but also so damn lucky! The Fast Company story was the best. So inspiring.

    I look forward to these podcasts every week. So great Daniele. If you ever need a guest for your podcast, I’m game! Cheers.

  6. Cecile /// 08.24.2015 /// 4:58am

    I’m so inspired, and jealous, and in admiration all at the same time! These little animations are so fresh and whimsical! And what a story!

  7. the jealous curator /// 08.24.2015 /// 8:19am


  8. Claire /// 08.25.2015 /// 8:45am

    Such an inspiring podcast ! Thank you! 😀

  9. stephanie /// 08.25.2015 /// 4:34pm

    wow. this is so incredible and so awesome!!! thank you both for this!

  10. the jealous curator /// 08.25.2015 /// 9:19pm

    xoxo to you stephanie!

  11. Amy Torgeson /// 08.27.2015 /// 12:32pm

    Loved this story! So inspiring.

  12. the jealous curator /// 08.27.2015 /// 2:01pm

    could NOT agree more!

  13. Berta /// 08.31.2015 /// 11:36am

    I love your podcast and this interview is one of my favorites. I listen in my car and couldn’t wait to pull over to search for her on Instagram. She is incredible and inspiring. ❤️❤️

  14. the jealous curator /// 09.01.2015 /// 7:13am

    isn’t she!? (so glad you pulled over first!) 😉

  15. Claudia /// 09.16.2015 /// 1:36pm

    Catching up on the episodes and I really enjoyed this one. But when I went to check her instagram, everything is gone! So sad. I’ll have to check her youtube.

  16. the jealous curator /// 09.16.2015 /// 7:14pm

    yes… she got hacked today! her heart is broken. hopefully instagram will be able to recover allllll of her hard work.

  17. Jenny Phillips /// 12.17.2015 /// 12:07pm

    I’m binging on all the Jealous Curator podcasts and this is one of my favorites! Amazing story.
    Love your podcasts!!!

  18. the jealous curator /// 12.17.2015 /// 1:01pm

    yay! thanks jenny : )

  19. Christine Aaron /// 03.31.2021 /// 7:48pm

    Mind boggling! And such incredibly creative and inventive and fantastical ideas. Loved this episode

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