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Photography Advice – Open Studio

Being a photography major at FIT isn’t a walk in the park.  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  There are going to be days where you question why you are pursuing photography, and there are going to be days where you really know why.  There are going to be plenty of people waiting for you to fail, but there are people that really want you to succeed.  As a photography student, there are certain things that you are going to have to figure out on your own, whether it be a photo project, assignment, technique, or lighting.  Trying to figure things out on your own isn’t exactly the easiest, which is why open studio exists.  To sign up for open studio, you go into the photo office on the 4th floor of the D building and you pick what day and time works best for you.  The schedules are put out a week in advanced so be sure to sign up a week before so you can get your desired date and time.  While you still may be weary going to into an open studio and not knowing what equipment to check out or what you are doing, try recruiting a friend an experimenting together.  Also, do your research the night before looking into what kind of equipment from the list of equipment from the cage is best for you.  Don’t give up and step outside of your comfort zone!

xx,
Ashley

Notes From the 6 Train: AfroPunking at FIT

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Now that the end of black history has happened, I silently weep. Okay, a bit dramatic, but, I am genuinely sad. All the super cool lectures and forums will be coming to an abrupt ending. I can’t complain too much, I went to several amazing programs. Just this past Tuesday, FIT collaborated with FIT’s Office of Educational Programs and Afropunk to put on “AFROPUNK Pictures presents THE TRIPTYCH.” If you aren’t already familiar with Afropunk, I shall shed a bit of light. Afropunk is “touchstone of a cultural movement strongly reminiscent of the early days of Hip-Hop,” and every year they hold an awesome (and free) music festival in Fort Greene. I went to this past August and I had a blast and a half. The energy of the whole weekend was electric, everyone seemed at peace. That is what Afrpunk excels at, creating a community of weird, nurturing and celebrating this weirdness. The festival brings punk and hip hop underground artists to the light, and had several well-known names,( if you’re well versed hip hop at least). I got to see Big Frida, the bounce queen from New Orleans, Theopilus London, Danny Brown, Dead Prez & ?uestlove from The Roots dj’d the most sonically pleasing set ever ( and I go to lots of concerts.) In addition to the festival, Afropunk also curates a blog that helps showcase on up and coming black talented artists/ musicians/ writers. ( Not to mention the fashion is insaneeee.)

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Imagine trying to fit all this creative energy and innovating spirit into an hour presentation, because that’s exactly what the Afropunk film did. They highlighted three astounding visual artists, Sanford Biggers, Wangichi Mutu ( who I mentioned in other post about the Brooklyn Museum & Studio Museum) and Barron Clairborne. What was best about the documentary was that each artist’s segment was a work of art in itself. As opposed to boring Q & A sessions, they took us on a journey through their lives, studios, and imagination. Wangechi Mutu and Jocelyn Cooper, co-producer of Triptych and the co-founder of Afropunk, were panel guests, while the panel was mediated by activist Michaela Angela Davis, who focuses on the intimately intertwined topics of urban style, race, gender and hip-hop culture in the United States. Not to mention she has worked at VIBE and Essence, styled for Oprah, Beyonce, countless other celebrities and is currently serves on the board for several non-profits stylishly creating change throughout the community.

It’s always such a treat to be able to interact with the movers shakers in the art/ fashion/ music world. The artists and the panel members all made their own reality, through collage, paint, glue and a vision. This is such an important narrative for most of the FIT student body because we are all dreamers in some capacity. Going to such a competitive school, and entering such a competitive field can be daunting. That’s why for me, to see other people excelling and loving their work, relights that fire in me. Do whatever it takes, going to shows and museums or a really cool Afropunk festival to keep your fire lit.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Here’s the link to see snippets from Triptych: http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/afro-punk-pictures-presents-the-triptych

Notes From the 6 Train: All For Afrofuturism

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As a student I’m always trying to do free things (duh) and as I’m sure you’ve noticed before, I’m a bit of a museum buff. A few weeks ago I visited The Studio Museum with a friend. The Studio Museum is one of those famous landmarks that every borough has. Located right on 125th in Harlem, it’s in the heart of history. 125th is a pillar of black history, it is known as the hub for black excellence and revolution. Harlem is home to the Harlem Renaissance to the place where Malcolm X was assassinated nearly ( # of years ago.) 125th remains the place where the African American Day Parade is held Annually, and where Studio Museum is located.On Sunday’s, it’s free and there’s usually an activity; an artist performance, discussion, or storytelling for children.

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The exhibit “The Shadows Took Shape,” about Afrofuturism, a concept inspired by an esoteric poem written by Sun Ra. Afrofuturism refers to “a creative and intellectual genre that emerged as a strategy to explore science fiction, fantasy, magical realism and pan-Africanism.” (Studio Museum) The exhibit featured 29 artists of the African diaspora and was simply stunning. The Afrofuturism concept was displayed through all types of media; film, poetry, photography, etc. and thought provoking and mentally tangible, the perfect blend of esoteric & understandably abstract. It captured many of the complexities and magical magnificence people of the African diaspora have maintained across the globe. If the cold has been driving you indoors, take a trip uptown to remember how enchanting we all can be by entering the world of Afrofuturism, a place where recalls just how magical they are.

Below I have posted the links to link to the museum and the blog for “The Shadows Took Shape.”

http://shadowstookshape.tumblr.com

http://www.studiomuseum.org/

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Notes From the 6 Train: Back & Ready to Grow

So tomorrow is the last day of classes for me, at least for the week. Hooray! I survived the few day of classes! The first days in over a month can be a bit challenging. It’s like working out again after taking a holiday break or meeting up with an old friend, just takes some time to get readjusted.

I know that this semester will be special for me though because there are lot of new experiences opening up. I am beginning to work towards my bachelor international trade & marketing degree, which is super exciting for me. After realizing that fashion merchandising wasn’t my passion, I decided to switch majors & obtain my bachelors degree in international trade & marketing instead. Monday were my first ITM classes.

In addition, because I have a little extra space on my schedule, I am picking up an art class. (Double yay) I figure I pay the same amount of tuition whether I take 4 classes of 7, so I may as well get the most out of it.

I’m also getting more involved in several clubs I’ve been wanting to participate in and now that I’m a bit more settled, I have the ability. I am going to join the black student union, and WFIT. WFIT is 24-hour broadcast through radio and broadcasting media, that cover all fashion related events, especially those in New York City. In fact, for all those interested in being front of the camera and fashion week, WFIT are holding auditions for interviewers of famous designers at fashion week. It’s amazing the type of opportunity one can discover if they follow their passion.

My 2014 New Years intention surrounded creating & implementing. I am excited to see many of goals starting to fall in line with my intentions. I am thankful that FIT is helping me do so. I know this semester will be filled with all types of beautiful energy.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Only a few days away…

untitledHey everyone! I’m currently sitting in snowy New Jersey awaiting the snow to melt and well the first day of school. For most it is a very exciting day, you get to see your friends, it is your first day, you get to see your new professors, ect. The one thing I am looking forward to is going to my lighting class. Since we were assigned a professor, I have been receiving emails about different expos and events to go to around the city. A lot of my professors have done that but not all of them. It was very exciting for me, to see my professor so into our class, and willing to teach/show us as much as possible. Just those emails alone got me more interested in the upcoming semester. Lighting design is one of my block courses for my major ( interior design).

Another class that I am looking forward to is my creative writing class, besides interior design I love English. My professor last semester (that I featured in an earlier blog) made writing so fun and a great way to express myself. I am hoping that this class will be just as interesting. I love taking liberals at FIT because I get to meet people from all different majors. My favorite thing in the world is seeing someone talk about there passion and explain it to someone who knows nothing about it.

I am so excited to start school on Monday, I can’t wait to see all of my friends and all of you also! DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY HELLO TO ME( haha) if you see me around campus, I don’t bite I promise. I’m always here to answer questions and give you support when needed.

Good luck everyone!

XOXO, Kailee

Chelsea Galleries

FIT is located in one of the best places for artists in the country. Even within New York City, Chelsea is a hot bed for artists of all kinds, especially the fine arts. Galleries in Chelsea traditionally hold openings on Thursday nights that are open to everyone. It is a huge opportunity and resource to have these galleries literally at our finger tips. This weekend I visited many of the galleries to see the last shows before I headed back home for break. All the pictures I show below come from just one block (25th street between 9th and 10th). It was amazing all the pieces we saw in just one block of the neighborhood and was extremely inspiring despite the fact I am not a fine arts major. Do not let resources like this go to waste while studying in the most culturally rich city in the world.

–Emily–

Simon Doonan: The Dream Crusher

The Fashion Institute of Technology: Where Creativity Gets Down to Business.

A little intimidating, no? FIT is intimidating. The alumni, your teachers, your future peers, the projects you will have to do will all be very intimidating. I am not trying to scare you, but I am going to lay down some hard truths. FIT is hard. It is fast-paced, extremely physically and mentally demanding, and sometimes your self confidence will be shaken. The school demands excellence and the curriculum is designed to make you realize the importance of business in the creative industries. You will soon learn that very few can be the head designer of a couture house, or the top buyer for Saks, yet we all want to be that one who will make it. Students here are incredibly driven and hungry. You will meet people here who are full time students working on two minors while simultaneously holding up a job and an unpaid internship while also working on a prestigious contest (i.e. the CFDA Scholarship or the National Student Marketing Competition). We all want that next job, to take the next step and meet the right people.

Finding time to read for pleasure is not so easy for an FIT student, but I recently forced myself to get Simon Doonan’s recent book Asylum. (I haven’t finished it yet, but it is quite funny and I suggest reading it, especially if you want to get to know the more quirky stories about the fashion industry.) He titles one chapter “The Dream Crusher” and dedicates it to advice for students. He says that young people now are too focused on material and professional success while not honing their creative expressionism. Every kid who wants to get into the fashion business thinks that the only form of success is to open their own design house. I can attest this is true because I was one of those kids with stars in her eyes (and still am to an extent). When I came to FIT that was the dream. What type of fashion I was going to focus on, or who my customer was I had no idea, but I knew one day people would be buying my clothes. Then I went through two years of the design program and realized that opening one’s own design house requires incredible skill, impeccable timing,loads of money, and lots of luck. I decided I needed to broaden my education a little and switched majors to Fabric Styling (I will make a post about this in the future if you’re interested).

I’m not saying give up on your dreams, of course not! But FIT is a wake up call for a lot of students who come in with this grandiose vision of their future. BUT it is important not to let that vision become too dim. The stress and exhaustion coupled with self-doubt and sudden questioning of your life goals can lead to a block in your creativity! (I know this because it happened to me and it was one of the reasons I decided to switch out of the design program.) Doonan remarks that hopeful artists these days are lacking the “fabulosity” factor.  Everyone who wants to be noticed has to make an effort to be noticed! Whether that means being a mysterious recluse like Martin Margiela, or the fashion and diva caricature embodied by the likes of Valentino and Karl Lagerfeld, there must be a persona, or a “brand” as people like to call it now. If there is one place you can go all out becoming a personality it’s at FIT. So, welcome. Be smart and informed, but also be daring and maybe a little bit nuts. Interesting will take you far.

–Emily–

Simon Doonan

Notes From the 6 Train: Exploring the Brooklyn Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend I ventured to the Brooklyn Museum. I went to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit (the same one as Brendan). Since he’s already covered it, I won’t spend much time on it. Just a quick thought: You should be aware of what’s happening in the art/music/fashion world, because it;s your craft and you be knowledgeable about it. Not to mention, whatever artists (well people in general) take in is what we put out. If we surround ourselves by inspiring music, people and art, we pick up some of it and it impacts what we produce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also went to A Fantastic Journey by Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu. I frequent lots of museums and art shows but Wangechi’s, by far, is one the most interesting artists I’ve come across. And this exhibit is one of the best exhibits I’ve ever attended. Her pieces were filled with abstraction, but not so abstract that it became difficult to decipher a message. She gives the onlookers social critiques on “gender, race, war, colonialism, global consumption, and the exoticization of the black female body.” (Brookyln Museum.) She does this by giant collages, sketchbook drawings, film, animation and sculptural figures using the structure of the museum. By stitching together images of “African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry, pornography, and science fiction.” (Brookyln Musuem).Her art is impactful and moving, and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. 

Lastly, as we know all fashion and music are closely intertwined, two vines of the same plant. They compliment and provide inspiration to one another. Which is why it’s exciting to see Santigold, the Brooklyn based musician/ producer/ artist in Wangechi’s short film. The 8 minute animation is titled “The End of Eating Everything,” is a commentary about the period of mass consumption that we live in. It’s thought provoking, and short, so you should check it out. Below I’ve included a 3 minute excerpt from the longer video that can only be viewed at the museum. 

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

http://www.boldaslove.us/2013/03/23/watch-wangechi-mutu-feat-santigold-the-end-of-eating-everything/

 

 

Street Work to Art Work

Walking down 7th Avenue towards our school on 27th you will always see a lot of interesting things. Anything from people in Anime costumes to people drawing on the side of our school in chalk, it will draw you in. It will catch your curiosity and make you want more. Last May  in front of the D-Building ,we had this awesome batman door way, I always end up taking pictures of the things that are going on at school. I even send them to all my friends at home, ” Look how cool my school is, all this happens in front of the building I go into everyday”. This week make sure you look up and see the adorable deer antlers made out of card board! They always have something going on in front of that building and on the inside as well. One of the professors I featured , Carmita Sanchez Fong, recently had her presentation up to show how many families her and her students helped during sandy and how much they were truly affected.( right when you walk in the D-building).

Last month we had Chalk art work all over the building, done by the illustration majors. It was some of the most creative and beautiful Art work I’ve been lucky enough to see at FIT. People were stopping and taking tons of pictures, I was one of them ( it must have been a great feeling for those illustration majors). It’s great that our school does so many of these fun things to get our students noticed. Last semester I took a life drawing class, in which we got to go outside and draw buildings and people whatever we wanted really, on a nice day. It was so much fun and I highly recommend it, but people would stop and ask to see our sketches and if they could take pictures. ( Made you feel like a big shot haha).

This is some of the Art work from the Side walk Chalk day, the colors were so bright and beautiful!

This was my absolute favorite one of all! What talent it took to do these pieces!

 

 

 

 

FIT is filled with so many majors besides fashion, were all so different but the thing that brings all the majors together is there love for art, and appreciation for the hard work that goes into it. Have you seen anything else around school lately that you think is awesome? Have you done anything that you want noticed?! Send it to me!   Keep up the hard work, Kailee

 

 

Graffiti as Public Art

Graffiti is an art form that is all the rage at the moment. From Banksy’s appearance in October to the harsh and hurried erasing of 5Pointz in Queens, it is all anyone is talking about, and it continues as a tagged up 4 train was spotted in the Bronx recently. While colorful subways were a common sight in the 1980’s, the MTA is extremely strict about taking any graffiti-stricken trains out of service and cleaning them up right away. Whether graffiti is art or a form of vandalism is up to personal opinion, but personally I’d rather have a colorful tagged up subway car rather than a car that completely covered in advertisements (I’m looking at you, shuttle to Grand Central). The point is, when you’re in New York you never know what you’re going to see, so be sure to enjoy when something a little out of the ordinary passes you by. Oh, and if you hear about something cool like 5Pointz, you better check it out before it gets taken down. The city is constantly changing; it’s a blessing and a curse.

5Pointz before

5Pointz after

–Emily–