After graduating from the Alberta University of the Arts and working in jewellery retail, it was only natural for Kristy Carlyle to start her own jewellery business in 2018. And it didn’t take long before she found her style with unconventional materials like fibre, plastic and matte metal.
“I was not necessarily inspired by traditional jewellery. Hypoallergenic materials and minimalism, these are very important components to me,” says Carlyle.
For Carlyle, designing in a minimalist style doesn’t mean every piece of jewellery needs to be small and quiet. Her use of large geometric shapes and complimentary colours give the earrings cheerful energies. She also designs dangling and sparkly pieces for those who want their jewellery to brighten up their outfits.
“Jewellery is something that you can change for outfits everyday. I’d also love to make something you can enjoy all the time at home,” says Carlyle, who recently started designing mirrors and other home decor.
You can now find laser cut, happy face-shaped mirrors at Black Bar Creative Studio. Being the most popular design in store, Carlyle says that the happy face earrings are also a top seller.
“They make people happy,” says Carlyle. “Once I had an 85 year-old customer come to purchase a pair of the happy face earrings. I asked, ‘Are these for you?’ She said, ‘of course!’”