Member Spotlight: Ellen-hilart

Meet member @ellen-hilart, an artist and former hospital admin assistant. What inspires her? Read on!
#memberspotlight
 
Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
Hi, my name is Ellen and I've been a Polyvore member for five years. I'm 64 years young, and I’m an artist specializing in watercolors and pen and ink. To support my art over the years, I worked for 20 years as an administrative assistant at Pennsylvania Hospital (the nation's first hospital, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1741). It was a wonderful experience and provided me with lifelong friendships and great memories. I loved working in Philadelphia, a big little city with incredible restaurants, art museums, lots of shopping and great neighborhoods to live and work in. During that time, I was lucky enough to participate in art exhibits and sell my work, and, later in life, I got married, had a daughter and finally attended art college. You could say I'm a late bloomer!
 
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
At my age, I've achieved some of my goals, but there's always time for more. Maybe I'll try to make one of those goals, to open a gallery/cafe, finally come true. With that in mind, my daughter and I took a 6-week course, "Introduction to Small Business," which might help make that dream come true. I'd also love to meet all my Polyvore friends. I wish we could have an international meetup. Wouldn't that be great! Also, I would love to spend the rest of my life in the English countryside, but that's definitely a pipe dream!
 
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Well, I certainly became addicted to this wonderful site, but haven't we all! Polyvore has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful, like-minded friends. I've met and spent time with some of them. I feel closer to some of them than I do to some of the friends I've had all my life. It's been a wonderful experience meeting and being able to "talk" to my friends here. I can say it’s the best experience I've had on Polyvore. Not being a fashionista (though I love fashion — I’m just not up to speed on it all), I've learned so much about it from viewing all the incredible fashion sets. I can now recognize who's who in the fashion world and can shop with confidence. It's also been nice to see the interaction and friendship between the fashion, decor and art groups in encouraging each other without the usual competitive ego-driven problems.
 
How did you find Polyvore?
I used to play a little bit on another site, "The Sims 2," where I would "design" the clothes. One of the members there thought I'd like "this new site called Polyvore." That was in 2008, and I've been here ever since.
 
How would you describe your set style?
I guess my set style is a lot like my paintings — traditional art with an emphasis on detail. I'd love to "loosen" up, but can't seem to do it!
 
Where do you get your inspiration to create a set?
Oh, that comes from many places. Most of the time, inspiration comes from a certain image which has caught my eye for many different reasons. I use it as the focus of a set. Sometimes that inspiration may come from one of my own paintings that I've imported into my items, and sometimes from my Polyfriends' artwork. I also get inspired trying to make my friends laugh with some of my sets. But like a lot of Polyvorians, what starts out as one thought in my mind comes out as a completely different creation.
 
What are some Polyvore tips you would like to share with the Polyvore Community?
If you are just starting out, try to "like" and comment on as many sets as you feel comfortable with. That way you'll get your name known and, as a result, make new friends. But one of the issues I feel strongly about is to try to keep yourself from making political sets. You may feel very strongly about certain issues and want your views known, but those sets will probably turn off a lot of members. I've seen it happen. But that's just my opinion.
 
Does your username have any special meaning?
The "Hil" is for my daughter's name, Hilary, and the "art" for my love of art.

32 comments

ellen-hilart
Wrote one year ago
@filletrange ~ Thank you!! and I'm quite flattered and humbled to know that you've been following my work for sometime. You just never know how much you are appreciated. Thank you!! And I look forward to being a part of "Flip This Artist"!!! xoxo

filletrange
Wrote one year ago
Oh WOW! I have followed you for quite sometime and I just found this!! Fabulous work @ellen-hilart and I'm so happy to know more about you. Congrats on this well-deserved #MemberSpotlight!

cindu12
Wrote two years ago
@ellen-hilart Congratulations my dear Ellen! I am just discovering so much about PV and this is must have been such an honor!!

reluna
Wrote two years ago
Congratulations Ellen dear you deserve! I'm very happy for you !!! CONGRATULATIONS !!! :))

phreak
Wrote two years ago
@ellen-hilart wow, so lucky! but well deserved :D xoxo

annaboo
Wrote two years ago
Nice to know you! : )

lynjane
Wrote two years ago
Jeez I only just hound this Ellen, you are a CELEBRITY! Great interview! You so deserve the spotlight, well done x

ccr1
Wrote two years ago
Congrats..excellent spotlight

saphiboutik
Wrote three years ago
Congrats! I'm happy for you!

luv2create4u
Wrote three years ago
This is awesome!!! ☆ヽ(´ー`)ノ. Congratulations!!!! :D

jaclinartfan301
Wrote three years ago
love this

belldraw
Wrote three years ago
Congratulations!!

nocturnalmother
Wrote three years ago
How amazing this site is and how BLESSED we are to know each other! Awesome interview!! Many many kudos on being chosen to represent our community!! It's a small world after all!! I lived in Downingtown a couple of lifetimes ago and worked at the Exton Mall..and I've experienced a FREE concert at the bay in Philly. I've also wanted a gallery/cafe but a nocturnal one....? Lol Holiday blessings to you!! XoxoCyndi

nz-carla
Wrote three years ago
Congratulations Ellen, you so deserve to be in the 'Spotlight' - great reading about your life and nice to know I'm not the only 'oldie' on here...hehe. You have achieved a lot in your life, that's wonderful xx

deuxs
Wrote three years ago
Yay Ellen! What a great interview! I love your idea for a gallery/cafe - I wish you good luck in making that dream come true! Your set selection here is absolutely perfect, and highlights your skill and versatility as an artist. It's so nice to see one of Polyvore's premier artists finally featured! xoxo @ellen-hilart

ainokc
Wrote three years ago
Congratulations! Very beautiful work!

ellen-hilart
Wrote three years ago
@polixena @almadiana-birthday-7-22 @vintageeyeglasses @vinograd24 @lindacaricofe @designsbytraci @perua4 @karineminzonwilson @cutandpaste @cjfdesign @esteladesign @sheas-world @judysingley-polyvore @xdarkgothamx ~ Thank you all for your comments on receiving this honor and all of your past support of my work. I was So surprised to have this honor!!

xdarkgothamx
Wrote three years ago
Congrats!

judysingley-polyvore
Wrote three years ago
Nice to meet you Ellen.....I grew up in Hershey/Lancaster area, and spent quite a bit of time in Philadelphia. My family still lives in that area, although I moved to the Pacific NW. I fly back every year!

sheas-world
Wrote three years ago
I just made a group called fashionislife!! looking for members!!! please join ? @esteladesign @ellen-hilart @cjdesign @cutandpaste

esteladesign
Wrote three years ago
BRAVO Ellen!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!

ellen-hilart
Wrote three years ago
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR LOVELY COMMENTS. I APPRECIATE THEM SO MUCH! And to @polyvore @polyvore-editorial AGAIN A VERY BIG THANK YOU FOR HONORING ME WITH THIS MEMBER PROFILE!!!!!!!

cjfdesign
Wrote three years ago
congrats ellen!! great member spotlight! :-)

cutandpaste
Wrote three years ago
love!!! she is so sweet and just love her art

karineminzonwilson
Wrote three years ago
So happy to see the lovely and talent @hellen-hilart, first because is so nice to know more about her, even if I've met her here a long time, and after because is and interview with one menber that makes ART, and so amazingly done

perua4
Wrote three years ago
congrats @ellen-hilart !!!

rvgems
Wrote three years ago
It's nice to learn more about you! Congrats! :)

almadiana
Wrote three years ago
Ah, I enjoyed your interview so much!!!!!!!! Congratulations on this! You are lovely Ellen dear! ♥♥♥

linda-caricofe
Wrote three years ago
I am so happy to see you as Member Spotlight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations to you my Poly, and I enjoyed your interview too.
2 thumbs up, a salute, and a hug too,
best wishes, Linda

vinograd24
Wrote three years ago
WONDERFUL MEMBERS AND PERFECT SETS !

vintageeyeglasses
Wrote three years ago
Look at U this is such an amazing read Just WOW..............x

polixena
Wrote three years ago
So great Ellen. I´ve loved to know more about you. Congrats!

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