Category: Wearable Art
The Bead Society of Greater New York (BSGNY) was founded in January 1988 by (the original instructor of SXW 010: Bauble, Bangle, and Bead Stringing) the world renowned artist, Yoshie Marubashi and a handful of her FIT students taking the class. Today, BSGNY boasts over 500 members including a Chapter in Japan. FIT has worked cooperatively with them ever since.
Nail Art Brings Out A Whole New Meaning
Written by Chelsea Candelario, FIT Hot Topics Summer Intern.
I look down on my freshly painted light green nails and feel I played it safe. Although the color is out of the ordinary, all I keep thinking is how it would look with a little bit of art. I had my share of stripes and letters, but now nail art has transformed to the next level. It has become sort of like a fashion trend and being surrounded by fashion for the last four years I should know.
Nail art has been around for centuries (try 5000 BC!) and yet it becomes brand new every time. First, you start out with the simple elegant colors in the 60’s and you slowly make your way to the long fake nails of the 70’s. Jumping forward to the 90’s, you give the rebel side of you a chance while you put on your shade of black. But now well into the 21st century, everything comes together giving you the choice to slap a coat of paint on your nails or brighten up your wardrobe with some stick-ons, something that became popular in 2007.
There is not a moment where I don’t see something different on someone’s nails. Nail art has become a part of how we present ourselves to the world. DIY Nail Art has become a well known hobby now. With all the social networks at our fingertips it’s simple to explore what’s out there and see what others are putting on their nails.
How are we feeling today? Are we feeling edgy? Then let’s put on some shatter nail polish. Are we feeling classy and youthful? Then let’s put on some nude coloring. There is a whole collection of options to put on your nails to make it your own. Something women were doing for centuries while the world was moving at a fast pace.
Artists have gone beyond just putting on a coat of nail polish and began designing constructed gear. Dzine, known for his Latino design culture, began creating the most amazing art through 24-karat-gold nails. I’m pretty sure if I try on any of his art, this blog post would be a challenge to type.
Nail art has become far more than complimenting your outfit. It’s become a part of our culture.
(Bring Your Old Fabric or
Perhaps you are a person who collects ill-fitting garments that you never get around to altering or you have a closet full of “I’m sure I will wear it agains”. Maybe you are a designer looking to join the “green” brigade but not quite sure how. Or possibly you just want to know exactly what sustainable is and how you go about starting the journey.
Come join us for the SMARTER workshop where fun meets facts. This workshop will show you just what to do with that sweater you don’t want to get rid of but will never wear, or show you what you can make from that scrap of fabric that you just can’t bear to throw out all the while learning what makes sustainable design sustainable.
On Sunday, December 11, 2011
from 12 – 3pm learn how to fashionably reduce waste with the SMARTER* Clothing Project team; Bridgett Artise, Iliana Quander and Trudy Miller. Bring your choice of Old Fabric or Old Favorites for the first of many BYO Workshops — come with something old and leave with something new!
Materials needed: Old fabric or Old Favorites (sweaters, hand me downs, vintage finds, can’t throw outs, etc)
Location: FIT’s Seminar Room 9 (SR9)
Fee: $20 CLICK TO REGISTER
by Trina Morris
Its always a delight to see and learn more about the awesomeness of my borough. While I am a transplanted New Yorker, Brooklyn has been my home for 10 years, so yes… I feel earnestly justified in representing its creativity and quintessential cool.
Its no wonder that many fashion and lifestyle innovations have ignited on this side of the Bridge, particularly over the last decade. Below are just a few examples of why I am one proud Brooklynite…
1) In 2006, a Bay Ridge resident/mother felt that dining should be social for everyone, including nursing infants. Therefore, instead of covering them from the world, she invented a nursing sash that appropriately conceals; yet keeps ‘mother and child’ connected while feeding in public. Today, Baby Bond (originally named ‘Slurp & Burp’ by her husband, part of FDNY) has gained loads of press (Brooklyn News 12, Urban Baby, Mom Finds, etc.) and garnered nationwide retail acceptance.
2) And what about that Red Hook resident/ designer who insisted on giving beach babes ‘something to do’ this summer, as they were undoubtedly ‘something to see’??? LOL He handcrafted a solar-powered bikini that charges iPods, mp3s, digital cameras and even cell phones!!! Lined with paper-thin panels that convert the sun’s radiation into electricity, the suit is completely safe on its owner and can still get wet!!! This hand-made marvel is definitely a high-end fashion item ($1000 retail), but can totally make any techy-eco-fashionista’s summer one to remember!!
3) Beyond a distinct look, Brooklyn has an undeniable feel. More appropriately, Brooklyn’s got SOUL!! All of last week, MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art) celebrated the Soul of Brooklyn with fabulous events, exhibits and, of course, the infamous Fort Greene Festival (which happened this past Saturday)- headlined by Bed Stuy’s own, Rapper-turned-Actor, Mos Def.
Trust there’s much more COOL to experience in Brooklyn. Each neighborhood truly dances to its own beat. So do you wanna rock? Join me on a tour ; ) Welcome to Brooklyn, baby!
There are some non-credit classes that I have wanted to take for a while, but can just never schedule them in. This course is one of them – SXW 115: Sterling Silver Link Jewelry Workshop.
Each semester Garnet stops by the office to show me more photos of his students having a blast and making the prettiest sterling silver links. We then have the usual conversation of “When are you going to take my class?” “Maybe in the Fall, I’m really busy. But I will! Soon…”
Maybe this Fall I will ACTUALLY take his class! But, we will see what happens.
Garnet Barracks teaches SXW 115: Sterling Silver Link Jewelry Workshop.