People of PATTERN: Julie Valentine

Julie Valentine is an Indianapolis based fashion stylist. She has been working with PATTERN since August of 2018, helping oversee creative direction as a Project Manager Fellow. Styling editorial and lifestyle shoots, Julie uses a pop of color to bring her styles to life. Get to know her a bit below!

Where are you from? A small town by the name of Portland, Indiana is where I call home.

What do you do for a living? I recently just started as a Graphic Designer at Weissman Theatrical Solutions in St. Louis. Before that I was working at PATTERN as a content coordinator – one of the best jobs ever!

What do you do as a creative outlet? I really enjoy styling for editorial shoots – it is what I loved most about working with PATTERN. I am also an avid moodboarder. I love creating a mood with a collection of images and it really helps work through a creative concept. My sister and I are both getting married this year and I am designing all of our Save the Dates, Wedding Invites, etc. and it is really relaxing for me to have complete creative freedom.

What’s the most interesting thing happening in Indy right now? There is so much happening in Indy! Since I recently moved away, I am not quite in touch with everything but I always felt like there was so much happening with the creative community. There are so many established and aspiring creatives in the city, not only in art but in fashion and music as well.

Favorite local art gallery/art show/local event? Not to be biased or anything but I love PATTERN events. I also really like the The Tube Factory from Big Car Collaborative – I love that it’s a community workspace AND a space where art is displayed.

Last trip you took? I recently returned from England. My fiancé is from there and I had the amazing opportunity to meet his whole family. He lives in the midlands, but we were also able to see a few places up north like Leeds and Liverpool. I love it there and can’t wait to go back!

How did you first hear about PATTERN? I was a photography intern during the summer of 2016. After graduation, I reached out to Polina about working with PATTERN occasionally and I was taken on as the first creative fellow.

What event are you looking forward to attending this month?? I am not sure I have an answer for this – January and February are my months of slumber.

What resources would you like to see added to your community? Speaking for Indy (because I am most familiar with this community), I would love to see some more investment from those outside of the creative community – especially for fashion. PATTERN allowed me to meet so many crazy talented people, but so many moved to LA or New York because they couldn’t get the support they needed. We need to encourage those creatives to stay in the city. We can make Indianapolis a destination for creatives if enough of us wanted to. That’s why organizations like PATTERN are so crucial to Indy.

What fashion brand/store would you like to see open in downtown indy? I am a huge fan of Outdoor Voices – it is a great athletic brand that promotes being active (#doingthings) – no matter what that means to you. I think there are a ton of active people in Indianapolis and the Cultural Trail and Monon is such a great aspect of the city. Not all cities have such an accessible trail that spans over such a broad area. Outdoor Voices is a brand that provides a wide range of pieces that’s great for running or yoga or hiking – there is something for everyone!

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