What we're about

PATTERN is a cultural and economic development 501c3 organization that exists to create, catalyze, and connect communities of creatives in Indianapolis and in the Midwest. PATTERN’s purpose is to cultivate educational and economic development opportunities for the fashion community. Our goal is to keep Indiana talent in Indiana.

PATTERN has a track record of connecting, showcasing, and celebrating creatives in Indianapolis. From a small group of fashion enthusiasts, PATTERN has grown into a large community of artists and makers working to advance their craft and city. The volunteer-run nonprofit is best-known for its print magazine but its digital publication, internship & fellowship programs, and events have all contributed to the growth of Indy’s creative class and the city’s vibrancy. We have a strong, recognizable brand that showcases the immense talent of local artists, while simultaneously influencing and elevating the way others view us.

Launched in 2010 as an all­-volunteer organization, PATTERN set out to provide a broadly­ defined community of fashion designers, craftspeople and makers with an opportunity to connect, grow and make an impact. PATTERN’s industry panels and educational meetups created opportunities for members to connect with one another, and with industry professionals, paid projects, and additional resources. PATTERN events provided inspiration, information, and camaraderie necessary to kickstart creative class economic development and to keep talent here in Indy. Since 2010, PATTERN has hosted over 100 events connecting over 7,500 creatives.

Spring of 2012 saw the launch of PATTERN magazine, an experimental exercise in creativity that ended up turning into an award-winning, internationally distributed, biannual publication with a focus on fashion, art and culture in Indianapolis and the Midwest.

In the summer of 2013, PATTERN was invited by Harrison Center for the Arts (HCA) to use Speck Gallery as a temporary office space for PATTERN’s two full-time volunteers and five interns. It was there that the idea of doing a pop-up coworking/makerspace was born. From 2014-2016, PATTERN, with support from Riley Area Development Corporation, had its own space on Mass Ave which served as its home base and a maker co-op called PATTERN Workshop.

Currently, PATTERN is located at 941 N. Meridian st, Indianapolis, IN 46204. We are grateful to Buckingham Companies for their generous support of our mission as we continue the search for a permanent home for the next PATTERN Workshop.

Upcoming events (1)

August PATTERN meetup - Doing Tradeshows Right

LO-FI Lounge

You've got product! Dope tees, awesome leather goods, a fragrant skin care line, or some beautiful ready-to-wear apparel...now what? How do you get your product out there and have people buy it? One way is to participate in a tradeshow where hundreds or even thousands see your goods and place orders. Sounds easy enough, right? Riiiiiight! Come to this event if you've been thinking about hitting the tradeshow circuit, and hear our experts talk about all the things you need to keep in mind as you embark on your tradeshow adventure. We will also be talking about our upcoming 4th annual SUPPLY tradeshow. Panelists include Cahmelan Porter of Komafi, & Emily Kennerk of Bitchstix. Our featured brand is Unfollowed Creator. Doors open for networking at 6pm. Panel starts at 6:40p Admission is free, but seats are limited, so please visit https://patterntrade.eventbrite.com to secure your spot! Thank you to Lo Fi for hosting!

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