Category Archives: Academics

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!

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NYC Resident Excelsior Scholarship

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Attention native New Yorkers:

Don’t miss your chance as a New York State resident to apply for the Excelsior scholarship to attend FIT for free.

FIT is committed to providing superior education at an affordable cost and to helping you find a way to pay for it. Financial aid is available from a variety of sources from scholarships, grants, federal loans, and work-study.

FIT endowed scholarships are donated to the FIT Foundation by many companies, organizations, and individuals.

The application for the  2017-2018 Academic Year is open now until July 21, 2017.
The application period for Spring 2018 only is to be announced.

Go to hesc.ny.gov/excelsior to learn about this scholarship and apply.

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City Source NYC

Calling all fashion designers:

Held at FIT, City Source is an annual trade show that connects designers and small businesses with local resources.

Some businesses include local pattern-makers, sample shops, trims manufacturers, embroiderers, and other companies to encourage the garment business in New York City and the surrounding area.

Each year, the event brings in over 65 vendors.

This trade show will be taking place July 18 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Workshops and demonstrations are free for attendees.

For more information, click here.

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#GROWAPAIR

Team #GROWAPAIR—comprising Danielle Esposito (left) and Dylon Shepelsky (center), both Textile Development and Marketing majors, and Arianna Wong (right), a Fashion Business Management major—was chosen by a panel of judges from among four FIT teams to represent FIT at the Biodesign Challenge Summit held at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on June 22nd and 23rd.

This innovative team literally “grew” a pair of baby shoes from microbial cellulose, mycelium, and pineapple. The baby shoes created by the team used natural dyes, a Native American brain-tanning process, and a smoking technique to soften the material, increase its flexibility, and add natural flame-retardant properties and water resistance.

The shoes, developed with the goal of “translating a living material into a textile,” were finished with an all-natural coating of beeswax, jojoba oil, and pine resin, and are fully biodegradable.

The Biodesign Challenge, a program of Genspace, is a university competition that encourages college students to envision new ways to harness living systems and biotechnology for future applications.

Team #GROWAPAIR is what the future needs to save our planet.

Congratulations to all!

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Thirteen Stories

FYI:

Now through July 8th, the Fashion Institute of Technology is proud to present the 2017 MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition.

This year, a diverse group of MFA candidates bound together by a passion for visual storytelling presents 13 unique visions. 13 artists, 13 voices, 13 stories.

The exhibition will feature work by Cristy Road, Kendall Eddy, Robert Geronimo, Claude Hodelin, Hwayeon Im, Yueming LuLu Qu, Che Saitta-Zelterman, Karen Sheetz, Deepti Sunder, Mark Wang, Emma Wasielke, Ellie Ji Yang, and Necdet Yilmaz.

Come support the Illustration MFA Exhibition and check it out at the Museum at FIT!

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