Today we’d like to introduce you to Yasmine El-Chaer.
Yasmine, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started putting my artworks into stores around my last semester in college. Before I had been volunteering at printmaking events and craft fairs, where I never felt like I had much luck.
After a few months of my work in Jenny’s, I expanded my selling to a store in Paris, TN called The Studio. Not only do I put my artwork in stores but I sell merchandise on platforms like Instagram and Facebook and ship it from my house.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For the most part, I felt discouraged and had a lot of doubt anyone would buy my work or be interested in what I had to say. A pilot on ft. campbell in Kentucky became a fan of my work which really reassured me that people do care about what I make.
It’s so rewarding when an absolute stranger loves what you do. That’s not to say I don’t get a lot of rejection when reaching out to galleries still, but I know it’s more important to keep trying since someone will love your work.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize and am known for collage arts. When I sell my work people are most interested in a series of women that I have whited out their eyes, which has become a trademark of my work.
I think what sets me apart from others is that I keep my works very affordable.
To me, it is most important that people can afford a piece of individualistic, fine art piece to place in their home rather than a mass-produced work.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I am still struggling with what I believe success is; I think it looks different on everyone. Personally, I don’t think I’ve hit the point where I want to be at, and I don’t think I’ll be there anytime soon.
- Buttons $3.50
- Stickers $0.50
- Collages $15-$25
- Website: https://yasminelelchaer.blog/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yasminelelchaer/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yasminelelchaer/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/yasminelelchaer