I decided to interview Mari a recent fashion design graduate. I thought her point of views were really interesting and she had some great advice that I thought could help a lot of future/current students at FIT.
Why did you pick fashion design? I took classes and worked at a fashion design studio in Seattle for about 6 years. I always knew I wanted to do something artistic, and I really loved how hands on fashion design was. Which made it really easy when picking out schools.
How did you pick FIT? The teacher at my studio went to FIT. When I visited different schools, the students and teachers at FIT really inspired me and strengthened my decision to pick FIT. Being that FIT was in New York was a huge bonus too.
Did FIT meet your expectations? For the most part it did. In the technical aspect of making clothes, I found it challenging and my skills improved tremendously. Coming from a fine arts background, I hoped that the classes would of been more creative. But for an overall education, FIT gave me great knowledge about the industry and also great connections.
What’s next for you now? I decided that costume design is something I really enjoy and want to pursue in. So now I’m looking for jobs in costume. I’m also keeping my options open, because I love activewear, so maybe something in that direction too is something I’m considering.
Has FIT helped you choose this new direction? Yes, I would of never thought of costume design as an industry. FIT showed me that costume design is a possible career option. It also gave me a good base to get me there in terms of skills, connections and the ability to create a concept from start to finish.
What did you think of the Art Concentration? It was a really intense program, but something I really wanted to do. There was a lot of drawing and coming up with concepts, which I feel are really important skills to have in this industry. I loved that at the end of the program, I came out with a great portfolio, that I am really proud of and feel confident showing at interviews.
Do you have any advice for future/current fashion design students? Take advantage of the teachers and the advice and knowledge they have. They know what they’re talking about and have great connections in the industry. Don’t take yourself too seriously, enjoy the freedom to be creative. And most importantly be confident in your ideas!
If you want to check out Mari’s work maristudio.us
I just wanted to come here and let you guys know that currently all graduating AAS fashion design students are having an exhibition of their semester work inspired by “Fire & Ice”. I went there yesterday to see my roommates work and was blown away by some of the things I saw. I definitely recommend you checking it out if you have a few minutes to spare. I find it so interesting to see what students come up with and how they bring it to life.
The exhibition is open from April 27 to May 1, 2016 from 9 am-9 pm. It’s located in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.
Let me know in the comments below if you went and what you thought of it!
Since being at FIT I’ve had a completely different view on museums. FIT really opened my eyes to the world of museums and how to really enjoy them. Listed below are some of my favorite museums and some I think everyone should go visit at least once in their lives.
The Met This must come as no surprise to any of you, but the Met is really a must on every FIT students list of museums to go see. There is such a wide variety of things to see. From eastern to western art you’ll find everything. And it’s just next to central park, which is always nice to have a stroll in after your museum visit.
Frick Collection One of my all time favorites. The architecture of the building is so beautiful, you really feel like you’ve been brought back in time. Although there are some really beautiful paintings, the furniture and decoration of the museum is the most impressive in my opinion. It’s much smaller than the Met, but it means you can really appreciate it much more and take your time to go around.
Guggenheim The architecture of the building is worth going to see (the building itself is the main attraction). It’s so unique and once you’re inside it’s one of the coolest experiences! You walk in a spiral to the top of the museum and all along the walls are paintings from a wide variety of modern and contemporary art.
Moma If you’re a fan of contemporary art you will love the Moma. They have some really wonderful collections and some really awesome special exhibits. The Moma can get really crowded at times, so I would suggest going when there’s less people. Once you finished your visit they have a garden with a cafe, which is really nice hang out spot especially during the summer.
The Cloisters If you need a break from the city I highly recommend visiting the Cloisters, it’s one of the most calming places I’ve been to here in New York. I love going there during the summer and just walking in the gardens. They have some really beautiful medieval art pieces, like the unicorn tapestries.
And lastly how could I forget our FIT Museum, which always has some really great and interesting exhibitions and is free!
If you are interested in the Rococo period or the Marie Antoinette era, I would highly recommend going to see the current exhibition on Vigée Lebrun taking place at the Met Museum. The exhibition is open until May 15th and is free with museum admission. A little tip, instead of paying the entire admission fee, just mention that you are an FIT student and that you would like to make a donation (the amount is up to you) and you still have access to the entire museum.
I went to see the exhibition this week, because I’m fascinated about Marie Antoinette’s life and I was really intrigued on learning more and seeing the paintings of Marie Antoinette’s personal portrait painter. There were some famous portraits and paintings everyone is familiar with, but there were also many of her earlier and later works after the French Revolution. It was interesting to see the difference in her style and the different subjects she decided to paint after the Revolution.
To get there the 6 line will bring you to 77st (if you coming from downtown) and then it’s a short 5 minute walk to the museum. After your museum tour you can take a little stroll in central park and enjoy the sun.
Let me know what your thoughts were on the exhibition!
So I want to tell you about this super cool art collective doing incredible community based work. As an artist interested in building community, I am still figuring out how to do that in a productive way. HART (Harlem Art Collective), founded by Kristy McCarthy, is providing a framework for me to figure out how to do just that. HART is “a politically conscious and socially active collective of artists who are either based in or have a special connection to Harlem.”
HART created the Guerrilla Gallery on East 116th Street between Second and Third that avenues accepts art from any East Harlem resident, as long as it’s waterproof. I helped out out a bit at this weekend’s Guerilla Gallery, and below are the results.
HART also has an East Harlem apartment that offers housing at an affordable rate (read, actually affordable, not just “NYC affordable) and accepts Airbnb in “order to use gentrification in the community’s benefit and that it’s a way for money to come into the neighborhood without having the rents go up.” (Kristy)
The money made from Airbnb is then uses a portion of the proceeds to fund free art workshops for area residents. Finally, local artists can use the apartment as free studio space &use free art supplies.
If you want to read more about what HART is up to, you can check out these articles at the bottom of this post. You can also send a message to the collective by searching for HART: Harlem Art Collective on Facebook.