20 years old. college sophmore. USA.more? firstname.lastname@example.org
first interview- distantlights.
Date: 9.30.2008 Time: 2:28 AM
her style is sophisticated with a punch of vintage and creative titles, distantlights' sets are unique and creatively done. her layouts are the best, they're very detailed and carefully done and this is why she's my first choice to get interviewed. heres a bit about her.
1.Tell us about yourself.
I live in Sydney, Australia and I just turned 24. I'm currently halfway through my Master's degree in health sciences and I hope to become a registered psychologist next year. I work as an administrator for a project management company. I've always been interested in people, their minds and how it all operates, to put ... it very roughly. My mother used to be an artist and so my earliest memories are being involved in drawing and painting. My good friend's mother is still a working artist and I've taken classes from her which are just blissful. Unfortunately I've never really pursued this love of mine very seriously, which is probably why I've latched on to Polyvore! I also majored in music performance in high school and love going to music shows and festivals (there are always heaps in Sydney!)
2.Describe your sense of style/fashion.
I work in a very corporate environment so I can't be overly creative most of the time, but today I'm wearing black wedges, footless tights, a grey-and-white waisted dress and Vera Wang glasses. Somehow this escapes too much notice amongst the suits. On the weekends I go a bit mental with patterns and textures...tons of floral liberty prints, stencil prints, silk prints, shiny fabrics. Definitely a big fan of vintage styles, particularly stuff that emphasises the waist as it suits me best. I'm influenced by quirky, fun trends but I take a lot of care to avoid stuff I know won't suit me, learned that the hard way during my teenage years!
3. How did you discover Polyvore?
This is kind of funny. A good friend of mine introduced me to it one very boring workday via email. He is a very typical guy, into football and computers and girls, but he secretly loves clothes and has this wicked online shopping habit. When he showed me Polyvore I was INSTANTLY hooked. I don't even know if he still uses it...
4.Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?
I guess I use Polyvore for many reasons that overlap and interweave. I love searching through the bottomless pit of clothes, from the unattainable gowns at Net-A-Porter to awesome budget stuff from Forever 21 (which, by the way, we don't get in Australia!). I love playing with things I'd never be able to get a hold of or wouldn't dream of wearing in real life. I love exploring the shapes, colours and lines that the little blank space inspires you to fill it with. And I love seeing everyone else's work! It's inspiring and makes you feel like you're a part of something fundamentally good and creative. 5.Describe your set creation process. Where do you get inspiration for your sets? How do you ... pick a theme? How do you find your items?
I have no set process. I'll have a session every few days where I use the search tool and basically just pick out items that catch my eye - I tend to go back to sites that I know are reliably good. I like inputting random keywords to see what comes up - found some great things that way. I never pick themes for my sets - they tend to pick themselves! I tend to work with very little planning and conscious though and then as I'm finishing the set up, the true theme might hit me, or it might not. I find structuring my sets very difficult. Often I'll spend a few days positioning items that I know are great, but I want them in a particular location.
6.What would you like to change about Polyvore?
I think it could be interesting to introduce rating systems for sets. Right now, sets get popular based on essentially the number of times people say 'yes' to the set, not if they think it is necessarily better than others. I realise this could be a very unpopular process, but it could be used very constructively to improve your sets. And think of how many times you've seen a set and thought 'If I could fave this 100 times, I would!'
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