Monday, April 25, 2011
Featured Member: erindollar
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Erin Dollar, and I'm originally from Portland, Oregon. I am primarily a fine artist (obsessed with printmaking, especially relief and silkscreen), although for the past few years I was also making fake beards for a living. I'm 25, I just moved to Los Angeles this year, and I'm enjoying all the sun and warm weather.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I try to spend as much time as possible making new work, but I also have a part time job at the library. Luckily I shelve books in the art section, so I am surrounded by inspiration five mornings a week. I have also been known to take a nice leisurely bike ride on nice afternoons.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I am happiest while printing, so it seemed like a no-brainer to me that I should just continue doing that after I finished collage. I have held lots of other "day jobs", but never been as pleased with my work as when I can concentrate on printmaking. For me, it's all about pursuing what keeps me happy.
Please describe your creative process:
Afternoons and evenings seem to be the most conducive to making new work. I like to spend the morning doing more administrative stuff (answering emails, shipping orders, etc.) and then use the afternoon to make new work. I usually listen to music to keep me focused on the work, and I try to keep the computer in a separate room while working on art endeavors, it's just too easy to get distracted! Also, there is nothing like having a huge, clean desk to spread out your materials on... so nice!
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Probably a tie between my smile glass from WarauKoppu http://www.etsy.com/shop/WarauKoppu or the many amazing drawings my boyfriend has made for me... his imagination never ceases to amaze me.
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Join a team! I have learned so much from my teammates, and made a few friends along the way. Teams are a great way to create connections with successful Etsy sellers, and to promote your own work.
What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?
I love making treasuries. Besides being a lot of fun, I think it's good practice for keeping a curatorial and editing eye, which can be useful in making my own artwork. As for new features, I would love if Etsy would make it easier to search my favorite shops... I have so many favorites after three years, it's starting to get a bit unmanageable.
How do you promote your work?
I promote my work by blogging, mostly. I had a facebook fan page, but I am afraid I haven't been very diligent about using it. I like to think of treasuries as a promotional tool in a way... it can introduce new people to your work and build connections with other Etsy sellers.
In ten years, where would you like to be?
Printing in my enormous, fully stocked studio, and having great meals on the porch with my boyfriend and my cat.