Category Archives: Creating

FIT News: New York Film + Fashion Hub in Brooklyn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will transform large, under-used buildings in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, into a hub for fashion and film—and FIT will be a part of it.

The city is committing $136 million to create a Made in New York–branded campus at Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal, featuring modern and affordable space for garment manufacturing, film and TV production, and related services. FIT will deliver the initiative’s educational component by offering courses at the hub.

FIT’s program will launch this summer with two non-credit courses that will count toward a Creative Maker Certificate of Achievement in Ethical Design and Local Manufacturing Fundamentals. This certificate program is being offered through FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies.

The Made in New York garment manufacturing hub will provide 25-35 white-box spaces (ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet,) to companies working in pattern-making, marking and grading, cutting and sewing, and sample making. The courses will be held at the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal until Bush Terminal is complete in 2020.

Way to go, FIT!

Meli B

New Views 2017

Josephine Vargas, adjunct faculty member, Fashion Design–Art, “Swatching,” watercolor

Get a glimpse into the creative talent that underpins FIT’s School of Art and Design by visiting New Views 2017. This third annual large-scale faculty exhibition at FIT will showcase the work of more than 70 faculty members from across these disciplines through Sunday, March 5th, 2017 in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

The School of Art and Design comprises 17 programs — Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Communication Design, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Packaging Design, Photography, Textile/Surface Design, Toy Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.

New Views reflects the diversity of talent among the School of Art and Design’s faculty—many of whom are professional artists and designers—as well as FIT’s innovative curriculum, which is collaborative and interdisciplinary,” said Joseph Seipel, interim dean of the school.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and help celebrate the creatives of FIT!

Exhibition Details:
Dates: February 27 – March 5, 2017
Exhibition hours: 9 am – 9 pm
Location: John E. Reeves Great Hall, FIT
Entrance: 28th Street, just west of Seventh Avenue

Meli B

Introducing: Fashion Design MFA

Great news, fashion designers!

FIT is officially launching a Master of Fine Arts program in Fashion Design that will welcome its first class in fall 2017. This two-year, full-time program focuses on practice-based research and is open to students with varied experience in creative areas ranging from apparel design to architecture, engineering, and software development.

This program is the first Fashion Design MFA in the SUNY system and is offered through FIT’s School of Graduate Studies. The Fashion Design MFA centers on a unique thesis process that supports innovation in design, fit, cut, construction, silhouette, and materiality. This process of translating inspiration into malleable design ingredients and solutions are divided into 4 concepts:

  • Play: Working individually with faculty mentors, students explore the possibilities of their thesis with freedom, openness, and intent to take it in unexpected directions.
  • Focus: Each student is matched with a specially selected industry partner who advises on sharpening and clarifying the idea, creating initial prototypes, and defining the market.
  • Edit: Based on the best ideas, strongest samples, and happy “accidents” from previous thesis phases, students develop, design, and prototype their collections.
  • Conclude: Students present their collections along with a paper explaining their thesis process and defend their thesis to a select panel of industry experts. Collections will be shown to investors, industry leaders, and other important audiences through an exhibition, a publication, and a presentation, providing a highly visible showcase for the work.

The curriculum includes two international field experiences and courses and exploring the relationship of technology to creativity in design.

For more information on the new program, click here.

Meli B

 

Presenting: Doneger Group/Accessories Council Classroom

Abbey Doneger, president and CEO, The Doneger Group; Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president, FIT; and Karen Giberson, president, Accessories Council, cut the ribbon to unveil the new lab

On Tuesday, December 13, the Doneger Group and the Accessories Council unveiled the new Doneger Group/Accessories Council Classroom at FIT.

Located in the Feldman Center in Room 615, the state-of-the-art classroom features movable desks and chairs that allow the room to be set up in any style—lecture hall, quad/group-work setup, or model-drawing studio. MacBook Air laptops stored in a charging cart are available for students to use in class; desk tops prop up to become drafting/drawing boards for traditional art classes; a printing and scanning station allows students to draw, scan, digitize, and print their work; and there are four Wacom Cintiq 24HD interactive creative pen display monitors with Macbook Pro computers, as well as a projector, LED HD TV, and a sound system for presentations.

Funds for the classroom, used by FIT Accessories Design students, were raised both by proceeds from the Accessories Council Hall of Fame, which honored Abbey Doneger, as well as the 2015 ACE Awards Tribute Edition Journal.

Excited for the Accessories Design program and the innovative resources for its students. Congratulations!

Meli B

Wall Writings at FIT

This fall, the brick wall on FIT’s 28th Street side got a makeover with student paintings and poems that reflect the uncertain world we live in. The interdisciplinary project came to life after Amy Lemmon, professor of English and Communication Studies, read one of her poems at the Academic Open Mic, a biannual event that brings together faculty from across FIT’s diverse curriculum to share creative and scholarly achievements.

Lemmon’s poem reads:

“That was it, the time we had
no alternative but had to walk past
the site, the fright of shrapnel, and we might
glaze over it’s been so long
since we felt safe—
we are never safe, never safe”

Dan Shefelman, assistant professor of Illustration, was inspired by the poem, and together they came up with #BrickFIT: the words of student poets would share wall space with paintings by fourth-year Illustration students. “There’s a close connection between illustration and ideas,” Shefelman says. “I’ve always felt that an illustration department should be working with writers, and this was a perfect fit.”

Proof that words are POWERFUL. Thanks for the inspiration, FIT!

Meli B