Welcome to my newest blog series, Equine Business Spotlight! Each month I want to give you the opportunity of meeting small business owners that took their love of horses to a new direction. If you are interested in being featured in this series email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Equine Business Spotlight.
Now, on to our first business! I came to know Lauren through a friend who ordered a gorgeous browband from Dream Horse Studios. She has some stunning work!
Tell us a little about Dream Horse Studios:
Dream Horse Studios has been a small showcase for my drawings and paintings for several years, but never really found its stride until Fall 2012 when I began making custom tack, dog collars, and accessories. I was toying with the idea of making a few beaded browbands for my horse, Sam, and collars for my dogs, Riley Tucker, Wyatt Earp, and Tater Tot. After I made my first collar, I posted a few pictures and a status on my personal Facebook page asking whether any of my friends would be interested in something for their own pets. The response was overwhelming!
What inspired you to start Dream Horse Studios?
On a fundamental level, Dream Horse Studios exists because I need a creative outlet, and I love the opportunity to make beautiful things. I do these things because I love them. Regardless of the project I'm working on, I relish the chance to create one of a kind pieces of work that reflect the individual personalities and unique characteristics of my clients and their animals.
Dream Horse Studios' beaded leather products came about because I wanted a way to be an individual in the black-and-white world of dressage. I spent some time shopping my local tack shops and several stores online, but found that I couldn't justify spending upwards of a hundred dollars for a browband. If I wanted something special for my horse, I was going to have to find a way to make it myself.
A lot of girls dream of being trainers and vets. What made you decide to take your love of horses in a different direction?
Honestly? I wanted to be a vet right up until that moment in college where I started taking physics and organic chemistry in the same semester. Let's just say that didn't end well!
A lot of the work I do with Dream Horse Studios stems from the fact that I'm a very detail oriented, right-brained person. My drawings and paintings allow me to hone in on the natural grace and beauty of the horse, an animal that is just as powerful as it is delicate. The process of replicating the animal's physical form in a two-dimensional medium challenges me to have a better understanding of how the body works, encouraging me to observe the horse with a critical eye. I have actually found that skill to be highly beneficial to my progress in the saddle.
Beaded leatherwork requires attention to detail in a slightly different respect: I base all of my custom designs not only on the color scheme given to me by the owner, but the appearance and personalities of the animals they are meant for. I feel like that gives me the chance to get to know my clients a little better and heightens the likelihood that they'll feel satisfied with my work.
Where can find your designs and place an order?
Dream Horse Studios' website is currently under construction, and will be formally launched in early 2013. Until then, you can find more photos and information, as well as an order form, on the Dream Horse Studios Facebook Page.
Photo Credit: Dominika Nawrot