Team AlgiKnit has been selected as a finalist in the National Geographic Chasing Genius Challenge for creating sustainable textile materials. WOO! They are the proud winners of the 2016’s Biodesign Challenge for developing a yarn out of algae and fungi.
Today is the last day to help AlgiKnit win a Chasing Genius People’s Choice award by voting for the team’s initiative. Here’s how:
Lydia Barry Kutko, Art Market MA ’09, held an event at Blick Art Materials this past June on Bond Street in Manhattan to raise awareness for Reframe, her adult education program for inmates on Rikers Island.
Store visitors decorated muslin tote bags printed with the Reframe logo. Some participants also screen-printed onto the bags a work of art designed collectively by Kutko’s first class of inmates.
The eight-week program, which she says is the first of its kind, is a series of classes designed for prisoners with sentences of a year or less. She teaches them about art jobs—careers that range from fine artist to art handler to installer for galleries.
This fall, Kutko will develop the Rikers program further with a new class that she hopes will include women.
Using your education and platform to make a difference is so commendable.
Stay tuned this Fall to see Kutko’s newest improvements!
FIT, in partnership with Allure magazine and Qubed Education, an online education provider, is launching Beauty Industry Essentials, the first-ever online non-credit certificate program to deliver an in-depth introduction to the multifaceted careers in the $265 billion global beauty industry.
The program is fully online and self-paced, with rolling admissions, to provide maximum flexibility for participants, who have up to one year to complete the program’s seven courses and receive a Certificate of Achievement from FIT.
The curriculum has been designed by faculty in FIT’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, and the courses will be taught by FIT faculty members, along with top editors at Allure, industry leaders, and professionals at MAC Cosmetics, Shiseido Group USA, and Givaudan, among others.
The fall semester is an exciting time for fashion students, because it means fashion week season! A lot of us want to volunteer but often don’t know how or don’t have the connections to do so, especially if you are a freshman. I was in the same boat when I started at FIT. Fortunately, FIT’s Student Life offers students the opportunity to volunteer through the school. Every fall there is a signup where you are randomly placed (based on your availability) to volunteer for a designer. Some are luckier than others, but it’s still a great experience to have. Below are the dates and time when the signups will take place this semester. I would highly recommend going there as early as possible, because the lines can get very long.
The SVCS Fashion Week signups are on Tuesday, August 29 from 12 to 5pm in the Haft Auditorium and on Thursday, August 31 (time TBA) in the Haft Theater.