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Ada Nieves on Letterman


Watch Ada Nieves on Letterman!

Congrats to our very first Pet Product Design & Marketing Certificate student – Ada Nieves!!! She was on David Letterman last night to talk about being a Pet Fashion Designer.


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Drawing Dog Portraits

Drawing Dog Portraits for the American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life

There are hundreds of public service ads and commercials asking for donations to 9-11, Katrina, the tsunami and tornado victims, to orphaned children, abandoned pets, and more. Especially in this economy it’s difficult to always give cash, but many of us have special talents, so we can contribute in our own way.

Seven years ago I approached the American Cancer Society and offered to sketch pets at their Bark for Life, charging $20 a sketch and donating all the money collected to them. Each year since I’ve organized a group of illustrators and cartoonists associated with the Society of Illustrators to sketch with me. We’ve donated between $700 and $1600 a year, depending on how many artists participate. This past Sunday we drew 38 dog portraits in 3 hours, raising $760 for the ACS. It was a fun time… our models don’t hold very still, but it’s so much fun.

Joan Chiverton teaches SXD 635: Quick Sketching for the Pet-Product Business and SXG 140: Storyboard Techniques Studio for Costume Design.


Fashion After Bark – Designer Recap

Well, the show was fabulous – the designers, dogs, and students that organized it were all great. I always have fun leading up to the show because I get to figure out which dogs and outfits pair up best, but to see it all come together is always exciting.

I know the Press didn’t list which designers did which outfits, so let me be the one to tell you! I have to apologize, currently my photos consist of backstage photos only. I used a few runway photos from fellow FIT staff. I haven’t had a chance to go through all the video and ‘pup’arazzi photos yet…

I have to thank Diane (Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals) and Linda (Posh Pets Rescue, in the photo below) for bringing these two adorable adoptable dogs to the show!

Lisa Barnes with her fab collection of alpaca sweaters that are super soft:

Dawn Deisler with all her hand-worked leather and feathers:

Wanda Jaller with her trendy colored raincoats, which I think fit perfectly no matter the size:

Abby Kass with her super cute and functional raincoat, toy, and bandanna:

Lauren Kmiotek with her fancy lace wedding dress:

Jessica Linder with all her regal formality and feathers, very royal wedding:

Susan Linton with her fancy lace dress and smashing coats:

Irene Liu with the cutest everyday sport coats and bag, the trench is a fav:

Lindsey McGraw with her awesome line of interchangeable sportswear for larger dogs, genius:

Keith Sanna with his usual frivolity and fabulous-ness: