Helen actually sometimes even colors her sketches using the iPad she won in our MyFDB.com contest, and we feel so excited and lucky to have been a part of her amazing story! We got the chance to talk to dollychops right after she got her big Gaga news, and she was sweet and lovely as always. Read her interview below and see how one Polyvore member went from set creator to style sensation!
Tell us about yourself.
I'm a 20-year-old Illustration student from the UK. I'm always drawing, I love being absorbed in a new portrait every other day! As well as illustration, I also love playing the piano. I've played piano (self-taught) for as long as I've been drawing, and love it just as much.
What are you personal aspirations/goals?
I hope to have a career within the Illustration field. My areas of interest are editorial and fashion illustration. I also love the thought of collaborating with fashion brands, and having my designs on gorgeous clothing!
How has Polyvore affected your life?
I had a real lack of fashion sense before I discovered Polyvore. Through Polyvore, I have immersed myself in the online world of fashion, found a new sense of fashion creativity through set-making, and aquired a new love for fashion designers. Not only have I become more fashion-minded since using Polyvore, I feel part of a welcoming and wonderful community, which makes the Polyvore experience even more pleasurable.
How often do you sign on and what is the first thing you do when you sign on?
The first thing I do when I sign on is to see what's new on Polyvore and check out the featured sets. I'm always on my iPad so I haven't been set-making as often as I used to, or as often as I would like to!
We've seen your amazing drawings on Polyvore and other social channels. What made you decide to post your Lady Gaga art?
As soon as I heard her album 'Born This Way', I decided to work on a series of Gaga portraits based on each track of her album. I've continued drawing her ever since, and started noticing positive reactions from Gaga fans, which gave me the confidence to carry on and improve. Drawing Lady Gaga has become a regular thing now, especially after Gaga herself expressed interest in my work!
Congratulations on being invited by Lady Gaga to the Haus of Gaga! How did you feel when hearing that?
Thank you so much! It was just surreal. Showing my work to Lady Gaga in person was crazy enough, but to be welcomed to the Haus of Gaga within 48 hours after that was too much to take in! It was just unbelievable to think someone like me could become part of her creative team. I am so excited for things to come! I hope I do Gaga and the Little Monster community proud.
Do you have any words of advice for other members who want to pursue their dreams in fashion, design or art?
Get yourself out there! Share what you enjoy doing/creating! I'm saying this based on my experience of sharing my work and attracting an audience through a blog. Much like Polyvore, the more often you create, the more you become noticed, and the better you get at what you do.
Got any requests for the Polyvore team?
I'm sure this has been asked before, but it would be SO great to browse our own Polyvore items by color in the set-creator! And if Polyvore ever made it possible to make sets on iPad, It would be a dream come true!
Congratulations again, Helen! We're so excited for you!