We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Flores and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Without taking risks, you won’t ever know what it’s like to get out of your comfort zone. I initially didn’t intend on turning my hobby into a business. Then my friends started showing interests in my jewelry pieces and I saw how happy my pieces made them. I took the risk of starting my own business on October 2019 because I wanted to share my art with more people other than my friends. I’ve met other business owners and artists along the way who inspire me to keep on taking risks everyday.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My small business is called Pisces Studios and I started my business on October 2019. What sets me apart from others is that I get my beads and jewelry supplies from local family owned jewelry shops in San Diego or occasionally small businesses in the U.S. rather than big chain stores. From my beads, to my finished pieces, you will know that you’re supporting small businesses. My business was unknowingly the key in finding out who I am as a person as well. As I expressed myself through jewelry making, I found my style and what makes me feel good to wear. My brand is fun, bright, funky and as part of the lgbtq+ community, I also make unisex jewelry because I want anyone to be able to wear jewelry.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As part of the lgbtq+ community, my favorite city in San Diego is Hillcrest. From drinking specialty cocktails at Gossip Grill to thrift shopping at Flashbacks, Hillcrest is full of nonjudgmental and friendly people. In terms of scenery, I love the view at Kate Sessions Park and is perfect for picnics by yourself or with loved ones.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my partner, Melissa Aguirre. She is a videographer and has met a lot of creative individuals along the way. I saw how amazing it was to have a community in which everyone was a creative individual and that inspired me to want to be creative somehow. When I told her I wanted to have my own jewelry business, she was there from day 1 encouraging me. From making new designs to networking to participating in vendor events.
My second shoutout is to my mother, Rosa Flores. She has always been my biggest fan in wearing all my jewelry pieces from when I first started, up until now. She has even accompanied me in vendor events and has spread the word about my small business to anyone she meets.
Vendor Event photo: NVM/Melissa Aguirre