Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Treasure Frey and I live in Los Angeles with my fiancé. I work as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. But what I really love to do is make things in my cozy apartment. I have shown my work in small galleries and cafes in NYC, Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and LA and my illustrations have appeared in the Oxford American, The Stranger, New York Press, California Art & Livingand Utne Reader.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
When I am not working on my projects, I am usually out taking walks in the neighborhood, hiking in the mountains or perusing thrift stores and flea markets.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I have always wanted to be an artist. My dad is a brilliant artist and a constant inspiration. When I was really young, I would hang out in his studio and watch him paint and build sculptures and he let me paint with him. My family lives near Washington D.C. so we would frequent the national museums. I feel so fortunate to have grown up with creative parents who appreciate all forms of art.
Please describe your creative process.
I sit down at my desk (usually at night when I feel more settled) and start drawing or painting and keep doing it until I like what I see. I keep all of my doodles and cut them out and create collages from them or turn them into images for my etching plates. I draw with pen & ink and paint with gouache and watercolor. Recently, I have been experimenting with matte acrylics.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My sister sends me cards and pictures that her kids have made. I always love getting them. I also love the misshapen soap dish that my friend made in her first pottery class. It’s the most beautiful ultramarine blue. My favorite kind of gifts are handmade!
Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.
Cat’s Cradle - by Kurt Vonnegut
The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment - by Thaddeus Golas
Skinny Legs and All - by Tom Robbins
His Dark Materials series – Philip Pullman
Underworld - by Don DeLillo
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
I am still learning what works and what doesn’t but I think the best advice anyone can give is to encourage artists not to give up. It sometimes takes a while to get noticed.
What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?
I love the weekly emails with consistently great tips. I can’t suggest anything for Etsy because I love it the way it is.
How do you promote your work?
I haven’t been very good at self-promotion. But I have been very fortunate to be found through word of mouth.
In ten years, where would you like to be?
In ten years, I still want to be creating things and taking as many nature excursions as I can. I do want to be doing it full time, without a day job, and living in an ecological prefab home in the mountains.