Though it feels as if they just arrived, sadly it is time to say goodbye to our Summer Intern team. However, before leaving, they all provided us with their final thoughts about the Anchal Project and the time spent with us:
Rachel Harris: “During my time at Anchal, there have been many experiences that I will hold on to. For years to come I’ll remember the excitement that came with new product arrival and the laughs shared at the dyeScape garden. But more importantly, there are lessons learned that I will carry with me - that interconnectedness is undeniable, inspiration is a contagious force, and our service towards humanity is invaluable.
I am excited to follow the team on their journey towards continued empowerment and transparent processes. And I anticipate that a few of the pieces in the new collection will be an excellent addition to my apartment!”
Rachel will be returning to Western Kentucky University later this month to continue her studies in Advertising and Arts History.
Maura Broderson “I came into this internship eager to learn about the complexities of running a non-profit business that works through sales. I've worked with nonprofits, but only those that run on donations, not sales. So this summer's been incredibly rewarding as I learned about the communication and promotion between Anchal and its market.
For me, Anchal has raised my standards for non-profits. I see all kinds of organizations and companies with good intentions of charitable work, but their impact is very short-term or one-dimensional. Anchal demonstrates how to listen to the people you want to empower, and work not just to give them what they might need, but to help them address the complexities of what put them in a position of need. The experience of working in such a well-designed organization is definitely going to stick with me.”
Maura will also be returning to Western Kentucky University for her final semester pursuing Advertising and Graphic Design before graduating this fall!
Lauren Wolford “My experience this summer has been most rewarding in that I was given the opportunity to see Anchal’s creative solutions combat social and environmental injustices with my own eyes. I truly enjoyed being surrounded by people who practice ethical values each day and am grateful for the friendships I was able to build.
As a Marketing Intern, I gained valuable hands-on experience engaging in customer outreach and presenting Anchal’s multifaceted approach and mission to an audience. More so, I learned about the influence of the Anchal community and have a better understanding of the impact created when working collectively. Additionally, through my time spent at Anchal working towards to empowering others, I myself became empowered in my decisions as a consumer. What and where we buy can determine a company’s success. I now realize being conscious of my purchases will contribute to more ethical and sustainable global markets in the future.”
Lauren will be returning back to the University of Dayton pursuing a double major in Marketing and Finance as well as an English minor before graduating this upcoming spring.
Emily Dissen "I have of course gained a lot of experience with the process of growing and dyeing with the different plants, but more importantly I have learned the level of commitment needed at the start of a complex project like dyeScape. It's a lot of work, but ultimately worth it. One of my favorite memories was when Tatiana and I were working in the second lot. A little boy biked up to us to ask what we were doing. I explained that we were planting indigo to dye fabric a blue color. He got so excited and shouted back to his dad that we were planting 'indigood' plants. After a long garden day it was a cute moment."
Now that the summer is over, Emily is back in Providence, RI starting her junior year at RISD.
Brent Drew-Wolak "Through this internship I experienced the beginning and ending of a growing season. I came to dyeScape when all our plants were just seedlings starting out in the beds, and left after we successfully dyed yardage with those same plants. It was such rewarding experience to learn and experiment with so many different natural dyes.
One of my favorite memories was after our yarrow dye workshop. One of the women asked to take some of the dye home with her in water bottles so she could continue dyeing.
Brent headed back to Chicago to finish her last semester of college at Columbia. She is expected to graduate in December with a BA in fashion business.
Tatiana Ordonez "As a recent graduate from art school, my experience was just what I needed to transition out of school. I was doing natural dyeing at dyescape and although school had given me some of the tools I needed to know how to dye fabric, this internship was a huge step for me. From gardening, harvesting flowers and dyeing fabric to designing products and making prototypes, this internship was so much more than what I was expecting! I learned about what it takes to be in a small team of people that are all passionate about changing the status quo on how textiles are made and how their workers are payed."
"I would say the days I enjoyed the most were the days of the failed dye experiments with the other Dyescape interns! After harvesting for hours in the heat of the summer, we would cook the plants into a pot and get all dizzy with the bad smells of cooked flowers, to only pen the pot and get a weird brown color as a result. We laughed and cried all at once and decided that the next day would be a brighter day and maybe we could get a nicer color then. After many tries we did get nice results, and the memories from those exhausting, smelly days are the best, knowing our hard work and determination paid off."
Now graduated, Tatiana is taking a year off to gain professional experience with different businesses, Anchal having been her first endeavor. Her next stop is Los Angeles, were she will be helping with marketing and creative projects for Enrou, under the direction of their art director.
Though we are sad to see them go, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of our amazing interns! Please join us in wishing them farewell.
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