Meet member @ellen-hilart, an artist and former hospital admin assistant. What inspires her? Read on!
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.