Tell us about yourself.
My name is Trish Moreno. I live in Los Angeles, and work as a brand consultant in the fashion and furniture industries. I currently am creating a “store of the future” concept for the bebe brand, am working on creating a t-shirt line, and am always working with residential interiors clients. I am also a commissioned fine artist. You can view more of my work at www.trendsyndicate.com.
How did you discover Polyvore?
I constantly read all the trend reports and youth culture blogs and it came to my inbox via the trendcentral newsletter. I became instantly addicted to creating art with the technology, which wasn’t really how the application was intended. There were only a few of us doing it at the time. I created two groups: Portrait Gallery and Art for Art's Sake, which have encouraged others to use Polyvore to create digital art collages. Early on I bonded with another Polyvore artist, codejack and we found out we lived near each other, met for coffee, and she told me she had written the trendcentral article about Polyvore. How cool is that?
Where do you get inspiration for your sets?
I am inspired by everything I see, good and bad. If I see rust dripping on a white stucco wall, I photograph it. I find inspiration in words/thoughts/emotions. I find it in a fabric, a wallpaper swatch, a piece of furniture. I see a lot of images, so I am particularly inspired when I see something I haven’t seen before. I am profoundly inspired by faces, and have spent a lot of my career establishing my own sensibilities about beauty and trying to express that through portraiture, fashion advertising, and interiors.
What are your 3 favorite sets of the ones you've made?
Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?
Yes, I am dying for a private items feature so we can load some images that can’t be extracted by other users. I also wish the resolution of the finished image was better so the collages could be printed and blown up. You can do Polyvore-style collages in Photoshop, and I have, but the technology is comparatively old school for collaging. Polyvore has spoiled me! Also, I would love to be able to sort my sets so I could feature “stories” or whatever sets I want at the front of my profile page. This would allow users to refresh the sequence of their sets anytime. Wouldn’t that be cool?