This week we had a chat with Jennifer Boyle: Equine photographer, student of dressage and a full-time lover of horses. Her latest project Dark Horse Studio delivers a quirky range of equine jewellery and stationery that is fun, unique and exclusively horsey…
Dark Horse Studio creates a range of fun and contemporary jewellery and greeting cards based on a mixture of styles ranging from illustration and pop-culture through to imagery from the neo-victorian and romantic periods… all with a horse theme!
I’ve always loved black horses, especially Fresians. My dream is to one day own (and learn to drive) a two horse carriage.
Working for myself has always been my goal. Getting to this point has very much been a natural amalgamation of my interests. My parents have been constantly supportive of every creative endeavour I’ve pursued and it certainly helps having people cheering from the sidelines.
We live in such a throw away society so I spent months experimenting with different materials to create a final product that will last. I’m really passionate about making a quality product and I put a lot of effort and love into designing and handmaking each piece..
Dark Horse jewellery is made to be treasured for years, not thrown away next season. Even my gift tin packaging is something to keep and reuse.
In the equestrian jewellery market, the style Dark Horse Studio presents is totally unique and fresh. My products cross every horse interest and are not limited to age. I have children and adults wearing my pieces and I’ll be adding a men’s range in the coming months.
I’m also an Equine photographer. I’ve completed a visual arts degree and have also worked as a picture framer for many years.
My advice to young designers? ‘Fine tune, don’t change channels’. That’s become a bit of a catchphrase around the property that I share with a dressage instructor. We always take great delight in laughing about it, but it’s so true. If you want to continue to improve at something – you need dedicated focus
When I’m not working I’m hanging out with the horses – there are at least 15 on the property. I also get dressage lessons, my dog gets a walk on the beach most days… and I do a lot of photography.
Listening to Goyte and Kimbra improves my day. I find them fantastic inspiration to get a lot of work done.
The last ethical product I bought was coffee. I always buy fairtrade coffee. I really dislike that many third world producers (of anything) often get paid next to nothing while the middle man profits.
My favourite other Bluecaravan designer is Elm Design. I love the whole aesthetic going on there, especially the porcelain cups. I love the humour in them.
// GIVEAWAY //
Jennifer has generously given us two pendants for this week’s giveaway!
The Small Cog Horse pendant is valued at $65
and the Lady & The Unicorn oval pendant is valued at $70
Both come with gift tin they’re pictured with.
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