Today we’d like to introduce you to Sabrina Blea.
Sabrina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I remember my grandpa who was born in raised in Logan Heights, having many talents of his own and always embraced them in his own business and with his son, my dad, and our family. He told me to work hard in life and not be comfortable but push yourself. At the beginning of starting Bina’s Bonitas, I thought it was crazy to start my own jewelry business, and with my first bad experience I told myself I’m done, sounds silly but true.
That day when that incident actually happened was the same day I found out my grandpa died in a car accident in Arizona. Though I was about to give up, I never got a chance to share with him my passion and knew that pressing forward with this dream was for me but also for him. I created Bina’s Bonitas with the crazy ideas and color combos that aren’t really your ‘normal’ kind of jewelry but it’s what I love.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Since I was a little girl, I always had my jewelry box full of pieces I made, found in the thrift store, pieces my grandma gave me, or pieces I stole from my mom, sorry mom, Many of my pieces especially the earrings are ones that aren’t really your typical. I hate the word normal and love the fact of not fitting in.
Much of my inspiration comes from the stories we having traveling to New Mexico to visit my grandpa, to the 70s outfits my grandma would show us she rocked. I know when you create pieces and take to sell at a market, you are making for others, however, I feel what you make should come purely from your soul. Not everyone is going to like it and that’s okay, but what makes it special are the ones who get it, appreciate it, and love your work.
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Keeping it real! It is so important to me with the people I meet, seeing the real me 100%. There is no faking the funk or time to be rude. We live in a world where I witness, young women, especially who try so hard to be like the famous girl on tv or on Instagram. It is so sad because they lose the heart of themselves and who they are. It can get really easy to get caught up in trends or a certain way things should be done.
I want those girls and other people to see that I am who I am. I don’t have thousands of followers or am making thousands of dollars off my jewelry but to know that people love me for me and love my work because it’s from me is all the success I can have.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Instagram is where to go. I always post the new pieces I am working on and the events I will be partaking in. It’s what works out best for me and how I will continue.
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- Instagram: @binasbonitas