Thursday, July 3, 2008

Interview with gokarm

gokarm is a 25 year old from New Jersey who holds the title of having won the most contests on Polyvore -- two 1st places, two 2nd places, and three 3rd places! She was also one of the first thousand people to join Polyvore (we now have over 250,000 registered users) and has consistently produced absolutely amazing sets (1368 of them!).

Here are some of her winning sets:

1st place in the Inspired by Covers contest

2nd place in the Hayden-Harnett Styling Contest

3rd place in the first Celebrity Look contest

gokarm also has a blog called Imprisoned Whimsy, where she posts great sets made by Polyvore members.

Tell us about yourself, gokarm!

Well, I'm from New Jersey and I'm 25. I work for a pharmaceutical company and I'm starting school for graphic design and animation in a month. In about a year, I plan on going to get my masters in Art. I'm a huuuuuge movie buff and an aspiring film critic (someday...)I also watch more TV than is healthy ;-), but it's mostly cartoons (Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill, The Simpsons) and I love House, What Not to Wear, and Project Runway. My current obsession is I am the director and lead singer of the Praise Team at church, so from doing that I know I'm insanely crazy about 80's pop music and Funk. Even though I'm a monsterous Morrissey fan, that's about the only alternative music I listen to. I dig on soundtracks more often. Billy Joel and The Beatles are good old fashioned stand-bys. Honestly, I'm just perversely knowledgeable about pop culture...I should be working for Entertainment Weekly.

How did you discover Polyvore?

I discovered Polyvore about a year and a half ago when Yahoo made it "Site of the Day".

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why.

Well my appreciation for fashion has improved intensely since Polyvore. I've always been a fan of unusual fashion trends, but my mentors on Polyvore have taught me how to look beyond "trends" and find pure unusual fashion that delights ME...and not everyone else. I've also enjoyed the global community feel -- it feels like a mild form of education, learning to appreciate other cultures through fashion and style.

Where do you get inspiration for your sets?

I wish I had a clear cut answer. I've been very inspired by the Sartorialist, who has taught me to appreciate real sophisticated, quality fabrics, designs, cuts, technique...just in individual pieces. He doesn't really inspire my outfits though. I can only think that my inspiration comes from the desire to see an outfit I would design myself, were I a fashion designer...then I go out looking for pieces to fulfill that vision. Usually I can find those pieces, so I don't find myself longing to go into fashion design. As for how I find those pieces -- Polyvore has everything, if you know where to look! I've been doing this long enough that I know exactly where to go to find what I need :)

Describe your set creation process.

The creation process starts with my mood and/or how I'm, cold, damp, dry, etc - most folks can tell when I'm having a bad day because I use lots of dark colors, gritty details, grungy, dirty, dug into the ground kind of clothes -- that's not easy to find on Polyvore but I manage :). If I'm feeling good, I'll make a light, airy summery set. Really, every set I do is an experiment...working with new fabrics, textures and cuts...that is the matter how I feel, I still experiment.

What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?


Rainy Days and Mondays


Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Archiving!! My sets are out of control, there's so many.

I'd also like to be able to group my own sets into little "collections", like my Japanese Ghosts and Demons collection. I'd love to be able to pull those out and feature them on my page.


fishbowl said...

Great interview, I hope that we do more of these.

life said...

This is great - very inspiring esp to newbies like me. More power!

B R 0 K 3 N [offline] said...

You have amazing talent! It is so very inspiring to see your sets and read the interview ^_^

Jessie said...

I think you're sets are really amazing! How are the people to get interviewed get chosen? Is it a matter of "popularity" on polyvore? Or do you have to win a certain matter of contests?

Vintageous said...

When she faves a my set, I said to myself "You did a good job. She's really eclectic!

Anonymous said...

wow! nice interview! :) :) :) :) :) :)

Efashion said...

hello, how are you? very nice will get set, I really like this .. congratulations ..!
ah, I would like you to help me, I had problems to create my sets, I mean, when you create them I get nothing: elements, set, ideas and others .. I give everything and everything goes in the bank, or I may edit anything again.
send several email them for help here at Polyvore, but I tell you to delete cookies, I did and I told them, but have not given me more answers but I've sent emails.
apologize for this email get here, but it also allows me to send you private mail or see other applications, I give the commands and I want to show anything.
not to do will fulfill just two months and I could only work a month because the other day I presented the problem.
You ever occur to you or know anyone?
I hope your answer many thanks.
my email is:
blessings .. thousand apologies again