Category Archives: Art Major

Vote AlgiKnit Team in “Chasing Genius” Competition

Hi all,

I hope your semester has been productive thus far!

To keep the new-semester momentum rolling, help FIT’s Team AlgiKnit win National Geographic’s Chasing Genius Challenge!

Team AlgiKnit has been selected as a finalist in the National Geographic Chasing Genius Challenge for creating sustainable textile materials. WOO! They are the proud winners of the 2016’s Biodesign Challenge for developing a yarn out of algae and fungi.

Today is the last day to help AlgiKnit win a Chasing Genius People’s Choice award by voting for the team’s initiative. Here’s how:

Team AlgiKnit is also in the running as one of 15 finalists in the Sustainable Planet category. Your vote will also help AlgiKnit win the People’s Choice award worth $25,000.

Support sustainability projects and the brilliant *FIT* brains behind them!

MB

Art Market Alum Teaches to Inmates

Lydia Barry Kutko, Art Market MA ’09, held an event at Blick Art Materials this past June on Bond Street in Manhattan to raise awareness for Reframe, her adult education program for inmates on Rikers Island.

Store visitors decorated muslin tote bags printed with the Reframe logo. Some participants also screen-printed onto the bags a work of art designed collectively by Kutko’s first class of inmates.

The eight-week program, which she says is the first of its kind, is a series of classes designed for prisoners with sentences of a year or less. She teaches them about art jobs—careers that range from fine artist to art handler to installer for galleries.

This fall, Kutko will develop the Rikers program further with a new class that she hopes will include women.

Using your education and platform to make a difference is so commendable.

Stay tuned this Fall to see Kutko’s newest improvements!

MB

Makeup Meets Art

Need some inspiration to bring your art work to life?

Alumnus Roger Cabello, FIT ’85, slathers, dollops, swirls, and dabs cosmetics into abstract masterpieces.

The Peruvian-born Photography grad has made a career of shooting all kinds of cosmetics—foundation, lip gloss, shampoo, nail color—in blobs, crumbles, swirls, and smears.

While working for Allure magazine, he perfected the now-ubiquitous style of photographing makeup out of its packaging, highlighting textures and colors so enticing you can’t help wanting to touch it, put it on your face, or maybe even eat it.

In the piece shown above, L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Lip was created when Cabello painted the images on the cover.

It was developed by Orrea Light, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management ’02, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing ’97, vice president of product development at L’Oréal Paris.

Materials are everywhere — it just takes a true artist to see it.

MB

Summer Reading: Stories by FIT Alum and Faculty

For all the book worms out there, I have the perfect summer reading list!Recent books by faculty and alumni run the gamut from children’s picture books to an analysis of the way globalization affects emerging markets. These stories make the perfect summer reading list!

Recent books by faculty and alumni run the gamut from children’s picture books to an analysis of the way globalization affects emerging markets.

One book called Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple, Illustration, ’04, is a graphic memoir with a striking cover (shown above.) This story details Crabapple’s coming-of-age and coming into her own as a political artist, illustrating Occupy Wall Street and prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp.

For more summer reading picks by FIT alum and faculty, search this collection.

Let me know which story speaks to you.

Enjoy!

MB

Of Cats and Men

Sam Kalda, Illustration MFA ‘14, makes the case that it’s not just women who love cats with his gorgeously illustrated book, Of Cats and Men, featuring stories, quotes, and delightful drawings of noted cat enthusiasts of the male persuasion.

His subjects include artists, writers, thinkers, and statesmen; cats may be the one thing Ai Weiwei, Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla, and Andy Warhol have in common.

Kalda, whose clients include The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Pentagram, West Elm, and Wired, won the Society of Illustrators gold medal, was on the shortlist for the World Illustration Awards, and was named to CMYK magazine’s “Top 100 New Creatives.”

To see more of his feline creations, visit here.

Congratulations, Sam!

MB