Member Spotlight: Pensivepeacock

Meet @pensivepeacock, a computer scientist and biophysicist who shuttles between Lac Leman, Paris and Zurich. Read on to find out what chic trends she sees!
#memberspotlight
 
Tell us your name, age, profession and anything you’d like to share.
My name is Pam. I'm a 31-year-old molecular biologist-turned-computer scientist and biophysicist, working as a bioinformatics and systems biology consultant. I'm currently shuttling between the lovely Lac Leman region, Paris and Zürich for my work, but am originally from Manila.
 
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
My dream is to help establish a really good bioinformatics research institute in my home country, as well as a venue for real cultural and scientific exchange, much like the salons of the age of enlightenment. I'd also love to establish a scholarship fund for people who have the drive and the vision, but who get overlooked because they don't have straight As. And maybe win an Ig Nobel prize along the way?
 
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has always been one of my preferred creative outlets — when I'm extremely stressed, I calm down by making a set. Before, I only sang opera or hammered on the piano, but I can only do that until 8 PM! I discovered Polyvore right when I was in the middle of my PhD, and it has been a very good virtual stress ball ever since!
 
Apart from this, it allowed me to explore more experimental fashion styles that I would never have thought of wearing a couple of years ago! I could experiment with the look on Polyvore before deciding which items I could actually get the most mileage out of. On the practical side of things, almost all the furniture I have ordered has been thanks to clipped items on Polyvore!
 
How did you find Polyvore?
Through this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/27/technology/companies/27polyvore.html?_r=0. The researcher in me demands the exact link!
 
How would you describe your set style?
I'd tend to call it surreal-lite. I do both fashion sets and art sets, and both are inspired by my love for surrealism. My invisible dolls are inspired by Magritte's invisible men.
 
Where do you get your inspiration to create a set?
When I see an item that I simply think is fantastic, that's always the start of a set. Bold items like these:
http://www.polyvore.com/andrzej_karwacki_artwork_ephemeral/thing?context_id=97871523&context_type=collection&id=77408320 and http://www.polyvore.com/londonwarrior/thing?context_id=97871523&context_type=collection&id=70829274. I just have to use them!
 
What are some Polyvore tips you would like to share with the Polyvore Community?
Don't be afraid to experiment, and never copy other people's ideas without crediting them. The basic rules of research, I think, apply here too!
 
Does your username have any special meaning?
Oh, yes. I can be (hopefully) profound and flippant at the same time, hence pensivepeacock.
 
Where do you live and what trends are big there?
I'm mostly at home in the Lac Leman region. Among people my age, it's tailored chic. Camel or black cashmeres brightened up by Hermès scarves. Sorry, I don't have time to go out that much unless it's a meeting, and this is what I see in meetings!
 
Describe your personal sense of style.
Cheeky classic. Subtly bold. Stripes on dots. That hint of red sole. And occasionally, baroque-ly diva-esque!
 
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do you like about that brand?
Prada, Miu Miu and Burberry for my everyday basics. Love the playfulness combined with excellent tailoring. I especially love how well-structured and flattering the skirts of Prada are! Lanvin flats: they're butter for the feet. Valentino and Dolce&Gabbana when I want to be a bit bold (love the rockstuds). And anything embroidered by Alexander McQueen when I feel like a diva!
 
Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
If you had a smudge tool, it would really be great!

27 comments

drusilla90
Wrote one year ago
Wow, I follow your account since I discovered Polyvore. You have good taste and an inimitable style. Your creations suggest that you work in fashion and graphics. It's a big surprise know that you are a scientist.
I am a student of molecular biology and I am finishing studies. Today I will look at your work with even greater admiration. Know that between western blot and PCR there is time for Valentino and de la Renta is really encouraging for me.
(ps: sorry for my bad english, i'm italian)

glinda659
Wrote one year ago
Wow this is great. So nice to learn things about members I never would have known if it weren't for the member's spotlight. Very nice, Polyvore

sweet-fashionista
Wrote one year ago
Great sets!~

lovetodrinktea
Wrote two years ago
Fantastic! So happy for you! Great job!

jessihhd
Wrote two years ago
A great article, I love your fashion style. every thing are perfect

supergoddess
Wrote two years ago
you really rock! a scientist and a fashionista! wow! i bow... ^^

khamillion
Wrote two years ago
It's not everyday that you discover a molecular biologist that has the creative know-how/natural artistic talent that you have. When I first saw one of your sets using the "invisible mannequin" technique, I was hooked! Congratulations on your success professionally AND creatively!!!
-Joanna
(aka--- Khamillion)
 
(: www.khamillion.com)

jaclinartfan230
Wrote two years ago
Amazing!

kelly-taylor
Wrote three years ago
I loved reading your spotlight and as you know I adore your cute doll sets. Nice to see you Pam!

hedoneromaneparis
Wrote three years ago
Interesting life! Glad to meet your acquaintance!

mariapia65
Wrote three years ago
wow nice to meet you dear @pensivepeacock !!

belldraw
Wrote three years ago
LOVE your sets - great fashion and wonderful whimsy! Great to learn more about you! Congratulations on the spotlight!!!

pensivepeacock
Wrote three years ago
Thanks @ansev! :)

ansev
Wrote three years ago
Congrats dear friend!!!! You really deserve to be presented in section Member Spotlight as one of most talented and versatile (scientist,artist,opera singer,piano player....) persons here. Love your dolls and your surreal art sets. Your group Surreality bites is my favorite, I adore it! (I try to make some sets for the contestn which are always so interesting and inspiring). Big hug, Vesna

nadinekenific
Wrote three years ago
Congrats!!! Your just as amazing as your sets!!!

msnikell
Wrote three years ago
Congrats on the spotlight!!

swimmi-m
Wrote three years ago
Join my group Mint lovers
<3

cjfdesign
Wrote three years ago
Congrats on your member spotlight! @pensivepeacock So great to learn more about you!! :-)

vervetandhowler
Wrote three years ago
Love your work on polyvore!

gabrielle01
Wrote three years ago
@pensivepeacock - I was waiting for this interview with you for a while. What a treat to learn a little bit about you and what you like and do.

pensivepeacock
Wrote three years ago
Thanks for all the love! :)

fatal-poison-4-u
Wrote three years ago
loved hearing about you,...

linda-caricofe
Wrote three years ago
How wonderful to suggest a smudge tool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much @pensivepeacock.
Your interview is a fascinating exciting read.
I also come to Polyvore when stressed.
It's a wonderful way to relax , while excising the mind too:-)
Congratulations to you for member spotlight, I've always enjoyed your wonderful unique sets, and now, so happy to know more about you.
Best wishes,
Linda

helenevlacho
Wrote three years ago
Congratulations! Great interview!

lseed87
Wrote three years ago
Great interview! Learned from it too. Great smudge tool idea

g-iulias
Wrote three years ago
@pensivepeacock I am so glad so see you here and really happy to know you!! congrats!! you deserve it!good luck in everything!

psylocke18
Wrote three years ago
enjoyed reading your spotlight interview dear @pensivepeacock I have always admired your style and unique dolls :)

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