Meet our Summer 2022 interns! We are so excited to see what everyone brings to PATTERN.
Hometown: Grayslake, IL
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
PATTERN Focus: Photography
Who is your photographer inspiration and why?
I have two main ones, one of my favorite ones is Derrick Freske. He’s an Instagram photographer, he takes a lot of influencers photographs. I love how he plays with lights and uses very saturated features that I haven’t seen another photographer do before. Another one is Jason Bell who does a lot of my favorite movie posters.
What is your dream photoshoot?
I’ve always wanted to do a GQ shoot, especially the editorial ones like the poolside ones or weirdly specific locations like abandoned movie theaters.
What is your go-to accessory?
My moonstone necklace with the different phases of the moon, I always wear it.
What tv show/movie do you recommend everyone watch and why?
I’m a big horror fan, so one of my favorite horror shows is The Haunting of Hill House. It has a really good message that’s also really sad.
What drew you to PATTERN/ what are you looking forward to doing here?
I felt like my style meshed with PATTERN and also the ways they function as a group. I also really admire how they market themselves. Another one of my photography professors interned for PATTERN and recommended I do as well.
If your life had a soundtrack, what would the playlist be titled?
I’m a big fan of bedroom pop, it’s super chill and has a good balance of not making it too sad or too happy or too hyper. So I would probably title my playlist something like ‘zen boy vibes’.
What is a weird food combination you enjoy?
I’ve always eaten fries with milkshakes, I don’t know if I can think of any other ones but I love sweet and salty stuff. I also like pretzels dipped in caramel sauce instead of the usual cheese sauce, I think it’s better.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
School: Indiana University East
PATTERN Focus: Creative Writing and Journalism
What’s one thing most people don’t know?
I have a deep love and addiction to cartoons. I love cartoons. Anybody asks me what show I’m watching, it’s gonna be a cartoon. Mostly like Cartoon Network or cartoon shows I find on Hulu, Netflix, stuff like that.
Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Five years…I’ll be twenty-five. Hopefully have my own place, be stable. Hopefully working with a magazine or doing something creative.
What do you hope to get out of the PATTERN internship?
I hope to get some hands-on experience because before Pattern I would just write for online zines and stuff like that, so I never really got to actually go to a studio or see the elements of the magazine, I’ve just always been writing. So I’m definitely excited to get more hands-on experience interviewing people and just seeing other areas like photography, styling, stuff like that.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Take your time. It’s not a race! Especially with coming out of college, it can definitely be discouraging because everyone around you either lands a job or moves to a different state and starts their lives. So, I just have to tell myself it’s not a race. You’re where you’re supposed to be, basically.
What first got you into journalism/writing and made you know this was the career path you wanted?
I think writing is something I always wanted to do but it was never really accepted as a real job, so for most of my life, I shied away from it up until my junior year of high school. I was like okay, this is what I want to do, I’m going to do this. But yes, I’ve always been writing, poetry, short stories, whatever—I knew it was something I wanted to do.
Hometown: Zionsville, IN
School: Ball State University
PATTERN Focus: Writing and Styling
Who is your style inspiration and how would you describe it?
My style inspiration is Bella Hadid, her streetwear is so cool because of the way she can mix and match specific elements together and how she makes them work.
What is your favorite book and why?
A Little Life by Hanya. It’s a very mundane kind of book. It’s about a group of guys in New York, but the writing style is what makes the book so much better.
Favorite celebrity style overall?
Zendaya and Bella. My favorite stylist is Alexus Shefts.
Which fashion event would you go to?
New York fashion week or the Met Gala. I love how dramatic and bold everyone’s outfits are at the Met. New York fashion week would be fun because of how it highlights a lot of designer’s styles.
Who pushes you every day to be creative?
My best friend inspires me the most. I have known her for so long and I feel like she knows me the best. Her style also inspires me because of how specific it is to her; she just supports me in everything.
What is your dream job?
I feel like I have a lot of different dream jobs. I would like to work for a fashion magazine and be a creative journalist for that or be a part of photoshoots. I also love runway stuff and I think working for those shows would be so fun.
What do you hope to get out of this internship?
I hope to branch out more and learn more about the industry and really see more of Indy.
How would you describe your music taste?
Late-night vibes/sleepy is how I would describe my music taste. I usually like to make fun playlists with fun names, for example, I have one playlist called, “Friends with Boats.”
Hometown: Westfield, Indiana
School: Ball State University
PATTERN Focus: Styling
What is a food you resonate with most, and why?
I think I would do ice cream. For one, I love ice cream. I could eat ice cream for every single meal, every single day, and not get sick of it. I bet if I ate it a lot I might turn into it [laughs]; that’s how I resonate with it.
What actress/person would play you in a movie?
People say I look like Maddie Ziegler a lot. People also say that I look like Cara Delevingne. I feel like those are the two big ones that I get. I would love to have Anne Hathaway play me ’cause she’s amazing. She doesn’t age, she’s gorgeous and she’s an amazing actress and a good person.
If you could broadcast one 10-second message to the ENTIRE world knowing they’d listen, what would you say?
I would probably just say to follow your dreams, honestly. Do what makes you happiest and delete your TikTok for a month. Get off social media cause it’ll heal your mind.
What aspect of PATTERN do you most resonate with/relate to? (mission statement, goal, overall themes, etc.)
I liked that PATTERN is very much a creative body in Indianapolis. A lot of people that are majoring maybe in fashion or want to get into the fashion world or the creative world can’t really do very well in Indianapolis, and I’m sure there are lots of ways you can its just sometimes hard to see, especially against a super big Chicago or something like that. So yeah, I really appreciate the work they’re trying to do.
What’s your favorite song at the moment? What do you think that says about your life atm?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Hozier lately. Honestly probably just Take Me To Church. I will listen to that on repeat; maybe that just means–I mean I do go to church–but maybe I need to go a little more? I don’t know, [laughs].
Hometown: Midland, Michigan
School: Butler University
PATTERN Focus: Social Media
If you were to die today, what would you want to be wearing as a ghost?
I am a very big stickler for wearing things that are comfy, but also fashionable. I do have a really nice pair of purple joggers, and I like having my socks up really high. I can keep the socks up inside the pants, so I would definitely have to pick those for sure. Then I would probably pair it with the Nike pixels, of course, and my favorite hoodie. I have nicer crewnecks than I do hoodies but I like having a hood to put up when I want. I think I’d pick one from my clothing brand, asymclothing.com!
What animal could you definitely beat in a fight?
I might be a bit overconfident in my fighting abilities, so I want to say hyena but I honestly don’t think that I would be able to do that. I might be overshooting here, but I feel like I can confidently say a raccoon or some other similar small/scrappy animal. A “rapscallion.” [laughs]
What is something you have always wanted to try?
I guess I’ve used it a few times before, but I have always wanted to try and learn enough Bender or another 3D rendering program to use for my clothing brand and make 3D graphics and things like that. I really want to use it for Asym because I love when brands put 3D characters like Animal Crossing in their clothing and use them to model their products. I feel like that would be a cool idea to do for a promotional campaign or video.
What drives/motivates you?
Honestly, myself. I think that I motivate myself the most because I know what pushes me and what doesn’t. I give myself high standards, however, I also have plenty of trust in myself to meet those goals. I am consistently raising the bar for myself, so there is always a new level of potential that I know can be met and want to surpass. That kind of energy from myself keeps me going, and knowing/trusting myself as well as I do differentiates what might fuel me and what might distract me.
Pick a fashion trend to come back permanently as mainstream, what would it be?
I really like the 80’s and 90’s fashion. I feel like it is already “there,” but if that could come back and stay back as the norm, that would be so awesome. Just like the ’80s and 90’s movies stuff, in general, is so cool *holds up a picture of The Breakfast Club cast*. I remember rewatching movies and shows like this from the time and saying “Ugh yeah dog, I need that!”
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
School: Columbia College Chicago
PATTERN Focus: Photography
If you weren’t doing photography, what would you be doing?
I would probably be writing. I actually grew up writing a lot of creative writing stories and poetry and as I got older, I shifted into journalism; which is what I got my minor in at Columbia. I’ve always had a passion for writing, it’s changed the form that it takes. I think I would definitely be writing if I wasn’t doing photography.
Which decade do you think has the best style and why?
I love the Victorian era, like all the puffy dresses, the tight corsets, and everything; like the Bridgerton style. I think that is a really strong era in fashion that I love. If it wasn’t that far back, I would probably say the 60’s. I think that was a really good time with like the big white boots and the short shift dresses. I love that as well.
Do you have any photographers that you’re inspired by?
Yes, I do! Growing up I loved Richard Avedon and his portraits that he did of people that mixed fashion and documentary. As I got older, Lindsay Adler, who’s a New York photographer and photographer educator; she’s really inspires me. There’s this photographer, Emilynn Rose, she also has been doing a lot of body positivity stuff in her shoots which I really admire.
What are some of the best parts of what you do?
So for a long time, I shot documentary photography and I shot street photography. Those involved subjects but you didn’t have to get super close to them for the content. When I started to transform into fashion up in Chicago, I really had to put myself out there and try to be comfortable around people because you’re working with a lot of collaborators. Working with people, I think that is probably the best part of it. I love collabing with other people and I love directing models and pushing them, and them pushing me! It’s a two-way street in that regard, so yeah definitely the people.
What’s your go-to song to get out of a funk?
Probably this band called One OK Rock. They are a Japanese band but they also have English songs. It’s called Renegades, which is actually the mascot at Columbia so it kinda goes hand-in-hand with that, so Renegades by One OK Rock!
Hometown: Zionsville, IN
School: Purdue University
PATTERN Focus: Graphic Design and Social Media
How did you get into graphic design?
I am a very creative person. I grew up drawing, and doodling on everything. I was the kid who would get in trouble for drawing on the desk. When I had to start generally thinking about what I wanted my career to be and what I wanted to do professionally, I realized I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else that would require me to incorporate that creative element in some way. So I just started poking around and I was like okay Illustration, but that is a very fine-tuned and niche profession. I feel like it’s really hard to succeed in, not that money is everything, but I felt that graphic design had a wide enough umbrella that I could succeed very well but also be happy doing that and I fell in love with it.
What is your favorite vacation you’ve ever gone on?
I’m very fortunate that my parents love to travel so I was able to see Greece, Croatia, Italy, and Spain all in like the span of a week and a half and that was just wonderful. What was great about it was, we got to see some of the touristy stuff like the coliseum and those buildings in Mykonos with like the blue rooftops you see in photos everywhere, but also we had opportunities to do things maybe a local would do like we drove on a mountain in Croatia. You’re literally in this van teetering back and forth you feel like you’re gonna fall over the side of the mountain and the cab driver on his phone like, “Ah it’s fine it’s fine,” but definitely having that dichotomy of touristy and this is someone else’s life like I’m living it.
If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Black. Sorry. I wear so much black already and I know it’s so basic, but the thing about black is, it can be dressed up, it can be dressed down, it hides anything you spill on yourself. I know it catches all of the pet hair and dust and dandruff, but it can be sleek, it can be comfortable, and casual. I think it’s the most versatile color in the fashion sense.
What would you like to do once you graduate?
I really don’t know. I couldn’t tell you. I have so many different ideas bouncing around in my head and graphic design is so great and versatile. I could go in any direction that I find myself liking more, but I’m hoping that through this internship I can kind of get a glimpse into having a better-fine-tuned idea of what that might be if that is designing for a magazine or another creative outlet. I’ve thought about being a tattoo artist, I’ve thought about being a teacher for a little bit, and maybe I’ll do freelance, but that is the goal of this summer to fine-tune that and decide.
What is the last thing you read and how did it impact you?
The last thing that I read was a book by Patti Smith, she was a rock star in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It was Just Kids. It was basically about her life growing up as a model, and a musician growing up in new york. Her relationship with her boyfriend for a while, who ended up coming out as gay, and navigating that whole scene, especially in a time when things like that weren’t accepted. It was such an interesting perspective that she was able to take on creativity at the time and I loved how similar it was to our time. I also loved how different it is and to see how that kind of stuff grows. It also led me to fall in love with some of her music and things from the time. I really loved it just from a creative standpoint.