Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Samantha Mayo’s Color Harmony Project

Samantha Mayo became interested in interior design in her junior year at Sayville High School on Long Island.  “I grew up going to antique shops in Pennsylvania and throughout New England. I had an interest and feel for furniture and … Continue reading

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Professors’ FIT invite wins prestigious design award

Communication Design Assistant Chair CJ Yeh and Professor Christie Shin won two of the 143 awards in the 2016 Communication Arts Typography Award competition. As is customary to say in this election year, “That’s UUUGE!” The CA Award is one of the … Continue reading

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Cool factors of BFA majors & minors

We all live a little vicariously when we peek into a classroom where art and design creation is going on–whether it’s producing animations, illustrations, jewelry making, draping fabric, lighting a photography set or constructing a hat. All that focus and … Continue reading

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Goodbye Snapshots to Dean Arbuckle

Dean Arbuckle is leaving us. Her title will be longer, but she’ll always be known simply and elegantly as the “dean” to us. By August 2016 she’ll be working with FIT’s President Joyce Brown. We know her heart will always … Continue reading

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Prince Powderpouffe gains his epaulettes in the classroom

So you ask “Who is Prince Powderpouffe and who is his seamstress?” The Prince, whose signature look includes high hair, costume couture and generous applications of mascara, comes from the imagination and sewing skills of Eric Strauss. “I enjoy the … Continue reading

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The accessory that grabs you by the waist

Accessories Design instructor Iris Feldman is known for saying that belts are the “ugly step child of the accessories world.” But for Mara Holmgren, it’s the all-important detail that has you by the waist. “What brought me to Accessories Design was … Continue reading

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Boots on the Ground for Peace

The assignment was to create an illustration that promotes peace. “What is the iconography of war and peace? Prof. Anthony Freda asked his students “How can the icons be juxtaposed to convey an original anti-war message? How can peace be branded in a … Continue reading

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Kristin Gates captures the cold truth about Polar Bears

For over a month in late winter on the Coney Island Boardwalk, Kristin Gates met with her Projects in Advanced Style and Media class for Sunday breakfast at Tom’s coffee shop and then went out shooting.  They were there to photograph members … Continue reading

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On Campus Fashion Caught by CJ Colligan

“Here I was, a new student at a prestigious art school, reluctant to take my first photo. I had this idea that a photographer should only take pictures of things that are grand or important.”  CJ Colligan has forged a picture-taking style of … Continue reading

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