Monday, February 23, 2009

Etsy Treasuries

What’s the deal with Etsy treasuries? Main Treasury and Treasury West.

Example of page 1 in Treasury West

Some people use them some don’t. Some people love them, some find them frivolous. The Treasury feature on Etsy maybe viewed in several ways. Some see it as a tangent, just for fun: put together a small online gallery. Others see it as an on-Etsy type of marketing tool. Some people use treasuries as a way to find items and shop. Some never look at treasuries. Some wonder what the heck the treasuries are.

A treasury collection may be viewed as a mini-multi-artist art show. Lots of shows in a huge gallery. See a title or curator name you like, click the title and go on into the show. Like the looks? stay and view, click on an item to open a new window/tab to examine it in detail. If you are intrigued and wish to learn more about the curator or a featured artist, you can read that person's profile. Often the gallery seen on the Etsy Home page is one of the member curated treasuries brought up to the Front Page.

Above shows an achieve of treasuries that made the Etsy FP -from flickr Etsy Front Pagers Group

Anyone registered on Etsy can curate a treasury. Admin, buyer, seller. While it is an open playing field, gaming skills are helpful. It does take time and energy to capture a treasury. Some enjoy the challenge and get a little buzz when snagging one. Some enjoy putting together collections - by theme, color, or for commentary - any of the reasons one might like to curate an art show.

Selecting items for a treasury collection is a neat way to become familiar with team members work and styles. This treasury is my latest curation. It has work from members of the two teams I'm on - ETTeam and TeamMN

It is really fun to take a theme or idea and put together a reflection upon that concept and create a vision or statement using items ranging from fine art to fiber.
A lovely way to let one's creative muse play.

Do visit the Etsy Treasury sites and see what you think; maybe even give curating a try.


niftyknits said...

Treasuries are great - I love the colours in your latest. Be warned though, gentle reader - they are seriously addictive!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Love your new header too by the way.