Thursday, August 14, 2008

Interview with Phoebe Juliet

Today's interview is with Phoebe Juliet, a Polyvore member who lives in Indonesia. By day, Phoebe Juliet crunches accounting numbers and breeds American cocker spaniels, but in her free time she uses Polyvore to create incredible nature-themed collages. Her sets are usually very intricate, with highly detailed, multilayered backgrounds and people frolicking in the foreground. She's won 3 contests during her 9 months on Polyvore and has made lots of friends on the site because of her warm personality.

1st place in the Hayden-Harnett's Spring Fling contest

1st place in the Hayden-Harnett Styling Contest

3rd place in the Intermix Tribal Runway contest

Tell us about yourself.

My name and my user name is Phoebe Juliet, but my family and friends call me Juliet. I'm from Indonesia, a small tropical country in southeast Asia. I live in Karawaci, about 30 minutes away from Jakarta, the capital. I'm 30 years old, married, and have one daughter. Although I have a Business & Accounting degree and a CPA license, my passion is design, especially graphic design. Right now I'm working as an accounting manager at my husband & my trading company. I love classical music, arts & crafts, traveling, and playing the piano. I also love fashion, especially ethnic styles and batik fabrics (batik is the national pride of Indonesia).

In addition to running our trading company, I'm also a reputable dog breeder, groomer, and dog show exhibitor, specialized in American Cocker Spaniels. At home, I have 9 Cocker Spaniels, and 3 Labrador Retrievers (they are all my children). All of them are already finished their Championship Titles. My kennel's name is SolidGlow, registered with The All Indonesia Kennel Club. I'm working on getting my licence as a dog show judge, specializing in the Sporting / Gun Dog group...wish me luck! :)

How did you discover Polyvore?

I discovered Polyvore about 9 months ago via the Polyvore Facebook application.

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

Polyvore presents a unique and different kind of challenge compared to Photoshop or any other design program I've ever used. I use Polyvore for fun, to create my own art, and also as a stress reliever since I spend most of my day looking at numbers. Though Polyvore I've met a lot of very talented and creative people and have made friends from around the world: fashionistas, designers, artists, etc. By looking at and learning from their sets, I can feel that my sense of creativity and my knowledge of fashion & art are improving. But Polyvore is so addicting, it's hard for me to manage my time between work, my family, my daughter, and my dogs!

Where do you get inspiration for your sets?

In the beginning, my sets were all about mixing and matching outfits, because at the time I thought that Polyvore was only about fashion. Now I create scenery sets, because I love nature and love to create nature. I also love to create sets with different stories and situations, which is how I "communicate" through my design. Most of my works show the beauty of nature and summer, because I love sunny days and I miss my hometown. I grew up in a small city, in a small province called North Sulawesi, where we have a lot of coconut trees, and mountains, and sea. My family has land in the countryside, and every Sunday we went there to fish, ride horses, plant flowers, and buy fresh vegetables and fruits. Right now I live and work in big city, where I cannot get all of that... and so I miss those moments! :)

Describe your set creation process.

It's a lot of trial and error, because what I'm looking for is high quality images, similar color compositions for each item, and neat layering. I always start with the background first, take one item that I really like, put it on the canvas, and start to combine it with more items. I feel like I am putting together a puzzle, eager to find the "missing link"! When I successfully combine 3 background items, then the rest goes smoothly. The first 3 items are very critical for me!

The final step is to find a title, which is the most difficult for me because my English is not good [Editor's note: this interview was edited to remove grammatical & spelling mistakes]. I have to find the perfect title for the set so it matches with the story I am trying to tell.

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

Oh dear, this is hard to answer because I am a perfectionist, and I always put 100% effort in all of them. In other words, I like all of my sets! :) Even though my earlier sets are not as nice as my recent sets, they are the best thing I did at that particular time. They are a part of my journey in Polyvore, and that's why I never delete any of my past sets. Here are 3 that have deep meaning for me and were difficult to make:

This is my all time favorite set because it was my first artistic set and I love the quote, which always encourages me while making other sets.

This is one of the most difficult layerings I ever made. It took me 2 days.

I love how realistic this one looks. It was very difficult to blend all the backgrounds to be lifelike...

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

Maybe a feature to find my saved items based on colors, because it will save me a lot of time. I also need a better inventory system, maybe sub-folders for my saved items, so they can be organized / categorized properly. Also a feature to search for contacts' messages in my mailbox. My last request is an option to delete my messages, because there are too many of them!


emily said...

I am so glad you posted this interview; I've always respected, loved, and (let's be honest) envied Phoebe Juliet's talent. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you interviewed her, I hope you interview nadiya is a trendsetter ♥ next.

suburbhater said...

Love it that you interviewed Juliet - she is just about the nicest person I have met on here and it is great to see her profiled.

incubeautee said...

Great interviewee choice. I love Phoebe Juliet. She is amazing talented and most importantly an amazing sweet person.

n i l e e y said...

Thanks for the the interview. I love all her sets :)

Phoebe Juliet said...

Waaahh..... I just got back last night from other town, and sooo happy to see my interview finally published!!! :)))
THANK YOU SOOO MUCH JESS, for taking your time, interviewed & reviewed & edited my bad grammar... Not to forget THANK YOU SO MUCH for Polyvore team for this wonderful opportunity, to be featured in Polyvore Blog!!!!

Angelia said...

I was waiting for the interview with Phoebe!!! she is very talented and sweet!!

CA aka Adoniram said...

It's so great that you featured Phoebe - she is one of the dearest Polyvore members :D

memorykeeper said...

It was nice to see Juliet on the Blog page! I love her work and am completely amazed by it! I have always been fascinated by her- I was hoping she would reveal some of her secrets! LOL She also has a very nice personality!

jo said...

Phoebe Juliet makes such amazing sets... I love her style. One of the things I'd like the polyvore team to include would be ROTATION... that would be wicked! And the sub folders like phoebe juliet suggested... just thought I'd put my two cents in :)

henedina said...

Love your interview of Juliet! Is is such a talented artist!

xa girl called leeshx said...

I love Phobie Juliet! She always has the best sets everrrrrrr! It just inspires me to see all her great sets and how much her style infects everyone. She's a true rolemodel. Thank youuuuuuuuu for interviewing her!

Phoebe Juliet said...

Thank You so much for your sweet and wonderful comments and compliments, friends....!!! I Thank You all, not only for your support but for the wonderful way you have of making it seem to be your pleasure... again....Thank You so sooooo much!!!!

Anonymous said...

Do not interview Nadiya is a trendsetter..there are much better people to interview, that deserve it more.