Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Kareen Fagan: DIY and beauty care “to the core”

When Kareen Fagan tells people that she has an AAS in Jewelry Design (2005) and that she runs a body and hair care products business, she imagines them wondering: “How does she go from creating artistic designs to making soaps and scrubs?” … Continue reading

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Meet Dave, Felix, Iggy, Elsa, Buster & Ginger

“First off, I am a dog lover,” says Illustration Professor John Nickle, to exactly no one’s surprise. While the award-winning illustrator’s spunky, high-minded animal characters for children’s books are 100% imagination, these hard-living pups serve as the illustrator’s live muses.  He knows their … Continue reading

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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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