Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Interview with aisha.kay

Today's interview is with aisha.kay. She's a true fashion enthusiast and it translates into her sets. She has a knack for mixing and matching expensive designer labels with affordable pieces which makes her sets both fun to look at and shop from! Aisha also has great taste in music and her favorite songs compliment her sets beautifully.

Here are some of her contest-winning sets:

Tell us about yourself.

I am 24 years old, until recently I was working in fashion buying & merchandising for a well-known department store however I lost my job all thanks to the global crisis...I feel somehow more content now because I have the time for planning a nice summer vacation and doing things to explore, improve and of course enjoy myself. I feel times like these are very rare and why waste it? I love spending time with my friends, shopping, cooking, languages, traveling, exercising...When I'm online I am either on Polyvore or Popmundo, which is an online RP music career game.

In the future I still wanna work in fashion but who knows...Now I only know I wanna travel as far as possible and meet new people! (Hint: Brazil!)

Describe your sense of style/fashion.

Just like the rest of womankind, I adore luxurious brands but in real life I honestly own just a few of those items. To me fashion is how you express your creativity, your taste in mixing colors, textures and making a statement. So this expression may change everyday, according to your purpose or mood. I usually like to wear as many (or few) items as possible so that I can combine until I feel I am complete. Not too much, but complete. My shape is not perfect so this holds me down a bit but still I try and find things to make me look my best (I hope).

How did you discover Polyvore?

5 months ago, I was reading a fashion blog and I saw the famous PV logo under the images. When I visited the website I got the virus :) I think I have spread the virus very well all around me since then. I am still fascinated by the brilliance of the idea that created this community and very thankful to the creators.

Tell us a little about what you use Polyvore for and why. What do you like about Polyvore?

Whenever I am making a set on Polyvore, it takes away a big part of the urge to go out and shop for clothes. It helped me use my clothes more efficiently. When I go shopping I instantly think of what I have in my closet and if this item will go with them. But what I love the MOST about Polyvore is how it lets me make sets with unaffordable but oh-so-adorable pieces. It is a virtual satisfaction, I love that. I really should admit one thing, I don't like wearing skirts & dresses often because I don't like my legs, that is probably why I use these two items in my sets a lot :) So in a way, PV is a place where I can express what I really like, not necessarily what I wear daily...

Plus, since I was a teenager, I was interested in making fansites, graphics design, LJ icon communities, etc but I had been away from that scene for a while :) I guess I found myself a better toy now? *wink* Polyvore helped me continue working on my art with different tools. It is also fascinating to explore all of the other talented artists (such as Zacarata, Newiris, Karine Minzon Wilson...) it's like a huge, endless scrapbook you share with a very crowded group.

Describe your set creation process. Where do you get inspiration
for your sets? How do you pick a theme? How do you find your items?

Usually, I start a set based on one item. Could be a skirt, bag or an image. Then I build the set around it. Sometimes it takes 15 minutes to finish, sometimes days searching for the right scarf or text line... I really think of each set as art, not just an idea of what to wear. And the theme shapes itself as I go...I am a little bit obsessed with symmetry and I try to make my sets at least 'balanced' on each side.

My sets' titles are almost always picked from the soundtrack lyrics but I do not make sets based on songs or lyrics. When I am done with the set, I take a look and decide the song at the end. To me the songs are the most important item, as I can not imagine my life without my earplugs :) So when you check out my sets, please try to listen to the soundtracks on the right as well. They describe exactly what I feel, experience or want that day!

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

This one is my all time favorite, so far. It brings fresh, happy and hopeful feelings in my head.

It's an older set, it's never been a huge hit. But very personal, because of the song..

The picture of Daisy Lowe inspired me for this set and this was my #1 fave'd set for a long time.

Got any feature requests for the Polyvore team?

The colored text and 'undo-redo' buttons pleased me a lot! If I could ask for one thing, I probably would suggest two buttons to move an object to bottom of the set and to the top, with one click. It would save time for the 50 item users working with backgrounds...But even without that, Polyvore is still perfect.


Anonymous said...

I agree with her comment about the 'move to back' button possiblity.

I'd also like to add that there is a bug (or it seems like one) when changing an item's layer, another random item in the set jumps to another layer, sometimes hiding it from view. It may be just an issue with Firefox, but it has happened in every set of mine.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the undo/redo buttons! I LOVE YOU GUYS