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Life & Work with Sabrina English

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sabrina English.

Hi Sabrina, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Gemini Daze started during the final year of my graduate program in 2020 when my clinical fieldwork placements were delayed due to the pandemic. I was faced with uncertainty in my educational career and was able to reconnect with art as a way to find inner peace and joy during a tumultuous time.

Through my art and small business endeavors, I was able to cultivate a space for self-expression through jewelry which has allowed me to connect with my community locally and has provided me with opportunities to meet customers and other creators across the country.

Being in graduate school did not allow me much time for creative projects, and Gemini Daze helped me find my artistic voice again and grounded me during a time when there were a lot of unknowns in my life. Even now, 2 years after starting my small business, it continues to provide me with strength and hope for my future.

The support from local small businesses in St. Louis has ultimately allowed me the most growth and success in my work. The love and encouragement from business owners inviting me to markets and sharing my work speak volumes about the love and compassion in the STL small business community.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The biggest struggle for me has been navigating a work-life balance between my full-time job and my small business. Allocating emotional energy in different directions has been challenging for the creative process.

I am fortunate that I am transitioning into a different role at my job that will allow more time for me to dedicate more time and energy to my art!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
The main products that I currently create for Gemini Daze are polymer clay earrings and hair accessories. The malleability of polymer clay makes it incredibly joyful to work with and creates limitless opportunities for fun and playing with different textures, patterns, colors, and designs.

I love using bold colors and patterns to create statement pieces that stand out from the crowd. The development of personal style during the pandemic has been a large focus for many individuals, and being able to create wearable art that excites others is the best part of my business!

Gemini Daze is a celebration of bold, unapologetic personal style. Art is the best way that I have to express myself, and helping to facilitate that for others is an honor.

I create pieces that reflect my personal aesthetic attractions for design, shape, and color theory. Creating pieces that I would personally wear versus creating pieces that I think others will like has helped me find my true artistic voice and artistic identity.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Having established connections and relationships with small businesses on a personal level in St Louis aided in the growth of my business tremendously.

Going to markets and events as a customer and interacting and conversing with other artists has been the best way for local growth. While social media has been where most of my business growth has occurred, truly nothing is better than in-person interactions!

Developing relationships with other artists has allowed me to create a strong network of support.

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Forsythia Collections

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