Starting in November, FIT was working in conjunction with the nonprofit New York Cares on its annual Coat Drive leading up to the new year. The organization’s city-wide effort aims to collect 125,000 coats each year and distribute them to New Yorkers who need them most in the colder months. The Coat Drive has been running for 27 years, having collected and distributed 1.7 million winter coats to date. Boxes were placed in all building lobbies where members of the community could drop off donations.
The Department of Public Safety partnered with New York Cares to initiate FIT’s first-ever coat drive to help homeless New Yorkers. The college’s drive was from November 20th to December 20th. The department is proud to report that a total of 104 coats were donated to the New York Cares distribution center on behalf of FIT.
Great participation, FIT! For more information about New York Cares and how to get involved, click here.
A creative start to this new year is a colorful rendering of the Lunar New Year rooster created by FIT’s Illustration assistant chair Kam Mak for the new postage stamp. Mak was selected by the U.S. Postal Service in 2008 to create an annual stamp through 2019 for its Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Rooster is being issued as a souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive Forever stamps.
Following the concept of using the Lunar New Year elements, Mak’s Year of the Rooster stamp is adorned with a still-life painting of the Chinese red envelope— called hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese—decorated with the majestic rooster on the cover. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler worked again with Mak on this stamp to create elements of continuity, like the calligraphic symbols on the left-hand side.
Hope all your finals are going well so far… As we all know we don’t only have to worry about finals, but Christmas shopping too. What gifts to get, who to gift them too etc. Each year I wait last minute to do all my Christmas shopping, and every year I freak out, because I don’t know what to get and I’m under time pressure.
The other day I was close to Chelsea Market and decided to go in. Best decision ever! Literally if you don’t know what to get your friends and family, you’ll definitely find something there. There are tones of small little markets, who sell really unique and one of a kind products. I feel like anything you get there would make a perfect gift, because it’s things you don’t find everywhere. Also if you want to get into the Christmas spirit, walking under all the fairy lights and stands, will put you in the mood!
Those who entered the Feldman Center lobby (“C” Building) in the early weeks of December found themselves visually stimulated and inspired. The exhibition Infinite Scroll, featuring work by fifth-semester Photography BFA students, asserts that new technology expands the commonality of photography but hinders the ability of a single image to make an impact.
“As viewers, the infinite scroll is the new path which we follow in our daily lives online,” write Photography Department faculty members Sean Fader and Allison Wade in the exhibition statement. The term “infinite scroll” is used by web developers to describe a web page that continues to reveal more content as the user scrolls down a seemingly bottomless page.“Rarely do images make us stop and force us to pause for a moment. The images in this show are the ones that do just that.”
There is nothing more that I love than to see the brilliant and creative minds at FIT come together to create something breathtaking.
“Kaleidoscope Dream,” a student-produced fashion show by Runway27, lived up to its name in November, sending models down the runway wearing every color of the rainbow. While the vibrant styling drew the crowd’s attention, the real stars of the show were working behind the scenes, wearing all black.
Runway27, a student club comprising students from the School of Art and Design, the School of Liberal Arts, and the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology, works year round to put on this annual show. Splitting into three committees—merchandising, production, and public relations—students gain hands-on experience, learning the ins and outs of the business. The final looks were from both FIT’s own student designers and industry sponsors, including Sam Edelman, Calvin Klein, and other fashion companies.
Congratulations to Runway27 for yet another spectacular evening!