Hey there! Last week was a really exciting day, because it was the first time I’ve been gallery hopping in New York, I know it’s crazy! I went with my friend who is an art curator, she explained to me what her job consist of and what she looks at when picking art. It was really interesting getting to listen to her talk and make comments about paintings. Usually gallery exhibitions tend to have only contemporary art, which isn’t really my thing, but it was great hearing my friend tell me why she loved the art pieces, which made me appreciate them more.
Gallery hopping in the Lower East Side is really fun and supper trendy. There are bars, coffee shops and restaurants all along the streets, and in between you’ll discover tiny galleries. I really loved this experience and if you’re someone who loves art and discovering new artist, I highly recommend going gallery hopping either in LES or Chelsea, I prefer LES, just because it’s a cuter neighborhood and less upscale.
Have you ever gone gallery hopping? What was it like?
It’s that time of year again! Illustration students have taken to the streets, turning FIT’s dull, concrete walls into works of art.
Chalk FIT, an annual project, allows students to create individual illustrations on the exterior walls along 7th Avenue and 28th Street.
This time around, Chalk FIT pays homage to our neighborhood Chelsea, the lively and eclectic campus our college calls home. Chalk FIT adds a colorful touch to Manhattan’s landscape. Make sure to support the work in progress by checking out all of the creative art from start to finish!
Hello there! If you’re someone like me, who loves exploring New York, and discovering new places (and love art), you definitely have to check out this museum. Ironically it’s called the New Museum and is located on 235 Bowery in East Village. The entrance fee is $10 (for students), don’t forget your student ID.
The museum is mostly set up of contemporary art, which I’m not really a fan of, but reading about the background and how the art pieces came to be, was very interesting and gave them a new meaning. In total there are 7 floors and on the 7th floor you have a balcony, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Manhattan. Personally my favorite floor was the 3rd floor (I believe), it was covered in frames with pictures of random people holding teddy bears, it sounds weird but visually it looked very cool.
Let me know if you went to see it and what you thought!
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!