I am so excited to introduce to you all to Ayla Visuri, my newest intern! She will be with me this Spring semester from February to May and will be helping with all sewing aspects of Madalyn Joy Designs. It will be so incredibly helpful to have another set sewing hands around the studio! I am so grateful to have two amazing interns with me this semester. Claire Bromley will be continuing her business, social media, and event planning duties in addition to Ayla Visuri who will be helping with sewing projects and garment production.
Ayla and I met when were hanging out backstage at Milwaukee Fashion Week before the show. A few of us in the Milwaukee fashion circle had been following each other on Instagram but hadn't officially met so it was nice to finally put a face to a name or Instagram handle should I say!? Ayla explained that she was modeling for the show this year but was a fellow designer herself and was looking for an internship to complete during her final semester at Mount Mary. Of course I was excited by this opportunity since my growing brand always needs another set of hands and I was excited to have the chance to teach Ayla some of techniques of working with specialty fabrics such as lace and satin.
Today is Ayla's official first day here at Madalyn Joy Designs and I am SO excited to have her on board! We will be working on a multitude of projects from actual garment construction to hand sewing embellishments to garment maintenance to backstage at fashion shows and photo shoots in addition to learning about what it takes to run a small business. Hopefully I'll be able to share a bit of fashion knowledge and how it applies to daily life outside of the classroom!
Welcome to the Madalyn Joy Designs team, Ayla! We are so excited to have you on board!
Name: Ayla Visuri
School: Mount Mary
Major: Fashion Design
Year in School: Senior
Senior Year Goals: My Senior year goals are to focus more on me and my interests. I was so busy with work and school the past year that I really want to focus on my hobbies and interests such as working out, cooking, baking, and creating my Senior Thesis collection. I want to do well in school and get a job!
Post Grad Plans? I would like to stay in the area and get a job to figure out who I want to work for and what I want to do. Then I would like to possibly move out of state in the future.
Hobbies: Working out/fitness, dance, cooking/baking, art, and jewelry making
Bucket list item: Travel!
Dream travel destination: France has my heart! I would love to explore more of France and all of the small towns in the countryside.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Coffee flavor from Haagen Dazs
Favorite food: Steak and potatoes
Coffee order: Grande caramel macchiato with coconut milk
Go to store: American Eagle, Anthropologie, Free People, and Zara
Favorite item of clothing: Jeans and dresses and shoes
Favorite city: Paris
Favorite go to song: “I Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones
Favorite fashion designer: Elie Saab and Reem Acra
Coolest experience: Being in the Mount Mary fashion show last year when I had my Junior collection in the show!
Career goals: Hopefully in about 5 years work for a brand I really love. I don’t know who I want to work for yet but I would like to have the ability to work where I want.
Favorite college memory: I really enjoyed living in the dorms and the fun daily little moments.
Best advice you’ve been given: My parents give really good advice and remind me to not be too focused on work and focus more on school.
Q: What is one thing you’re looking forward to the most about your internship?
A: I am looking forward to learning everything I can and soaking it all in! I am excited to learn how to work with new materials and explore different areas and gain some inspiration.
Q: What is one thing you want to learn/take away from your internship?
A: I am excited to learn all about what it takes to run a small business!