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Jennifer Hoyden (The Fashion Donkey) is an illustrator. Hand-drawn line of distinctive delicacy. And she is a hoyden (look it up), and a donkey.

See more of Jennifer’s work in Vhcle Issue 18


Instagram @thefashiondonkey

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Jennifer Hoyden. And I am a hoyden (look it up), and I am a donkey. I don't like talking about myself. I like to observe and think and generally be in my head. I am a compulsive maker and problem solver. Even drawing is a form of problem solving.

What is the inspiration behind your work?

I am compelled through a desire to explore and express my thoughts. Inspiration is a constant. I am an open window where the wind blows in everything (sounds, images, ideas, thoughts, memories, dreams, words), and what comes out again is a drawing. I draw the way I see, so when you look at my drawings, you are seeing through my eyes.

What do you think is the artist's role in society?

Artists are all doers. They do. They do not owe anything to anyone but themselves. Their role or relevance to the larger world is, however, defined by the audience. It's out of their hands. Some people seek and are entertained by art; some are confused; some are inspired; some are bored; some threatened; some are comforted; some are educated. The artist can only do. What people make of the art changes the meaning of what the artist is, to them (entertainer, bane, muse, provocateur, guide, instructor).

What superpower would you want and why?

When I was a child, I used to have dreams where I could fly. It felt very natural and proper to be able to lift up into the air when it suited me. I don't know if this desire is about escape, about showing off, or if it has some transcendentalist implication that I should explore, but it still appeals to me. I'd like to be able to fly, when it suited me.

Favorite drink?

The quintessential: water.