Teenagers make art: Caroline Stasica

playground • a photo by Caroline Stasica on

Oh, I’m so excited! I get to feature another creative teenager today. Remember this teenage fashion designer? Well today I’ve got Caroline Stasica.

We first met Caroline when she toted her violin to our house to tutor Fen. She’s an accomplished musician and she’s helping Fen stay on track with her practicing and violin-ing.

She also is quite a snappy dresser. Seriously, her outfits are creative and she has a natural flair for fashion. She even contributes to some Chicago street fashion blogs.

Her main creative focus now, however, is photography, and she likes darkroom photography the best. She used Fen as a model for a photography project last Spring, and her photos were fantastic. In fact, those are the photos you see sprinkled through this post.


playground • a photo by Caroline Stasica on


She took some time out of her busy life to answer some questions I threw at her, so here we go:

What draws you to photography?

I’ve always been drawn to art and I’ve tried to express myself through many different mediums. I tried a little bit of everything, but I found photography to be my favorite.  I guess I like photography because I imagine photos in my head, and then I can clearly bring them to life. When I try drawing or painting the images in my head, they turn out more like a piece of abstract art, made by a five year old.


Photo by Caroline Stasica on

Do you like the ease of digital, or are you enjoying darkroom techniques?

I took a class last year all about film photography, so it expanded my love and appreciation for it. The dark room is one of my favorite places to be, and I feel that it just adds a more personal touch to photography. However, I am also interested in digital photography. I’m taking a digital class next year and I’m excited to explore a new branch of photography. I want to take as many, if not all the photography classes my school offers.

What was the assignment for the photos you took of Fen?

The assignment where I took photos of Fen was actually a “free” shoot. I could basically do whatever I wanted, but it had to have a unifying theme. I had been anticipating  the assignment and was filled with ideas, and when the time came, it was hard for me to narrow them down. Finally I came up with the idea to use my awesome violin student (Fen) in a series that depicted a child’s imaginative and whimsical point of view.


Photo by CAroline Stasica on

Do you see fashion as creative expression?

Fashion is everything to me. When I’m bored, I go to my closet and just try a bunch of clothes on. It makes me really happy to get dressed in the morning, and when I wear something I love, no matter how “weird” I feel great. The clothes that I wear, are just a representation of what I like. I don’t ever wear something that I don’t love, or feel uncomfortable in, what’s the point in that?

Do you have interest in designing fashion?

It would be pretty rad to design clothes. I’m taking a sewing class this year so I’m stoked to create my own one-of-a kind wardrobe.

What resources (online or off) do you recommend for other teenagers interested in fashion and /or photography?

As far as resources go, the world is your resource! For fashion inspiration, just head out onto the street and look around. This can be hard to do in suburbia, so I love to go out to my favorite place…CHICAGO! Street style is just so awesome because of its diversity. When people wear what makes them happy, and what portrays them as a person, they look awesome! Also fashion blogs are a great source of inspiration (and there are a lot of street style blogs as well, I actually submit posts to

The library is also a great place to go for fashion or photography inspiration. It’s filled with books on learning camera basics, photography tips, fashion photography, history of fashion books, etc. Nowadays its very easy to get inspired because of how connected we are to everything today. There are so many neat blogs (like this fine one right here) that have so much inspiration in them!

Thanks, Caroline!

What do you think?


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  1. Caroline sounds so poised and intelligent and articulate: three of my favorite characteristics in teenagers. Fen is lucky to have her as a role model/mentor – and she’s a pretty great photographer, too!

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