TATTOO ARTISTS IN MOTION, PART ONE: VICTOR MODAFFERI

Hue’s fall 2013 issue profiled five FIT alumni who have become some of the most successful tattoo artists in New York City. In addition to being interviewed and getting photographed, each one offered a brief tattooing lesson on video. We’ll be posting one a week for the next five weeks.

First up is Victor Modafferi, Illustration ’94, who shows viewers his tattooing setup.

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Modafferi tattoos exclusively in black and gray, which allows for subtle shading. An artist working in color would have a different set of ink caps.

Enjoy! — and let us know what you think.

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“NEW VIEWS” IN THE REARVIEW

Time has run out on seeing FIT’s excellent 2014 School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition, New Views. This year, to accommodate oversized artworks, the interdisciplinary show was moved from The Museum at FIT to The John E. Reeves Great Hall. It was up for just a week; fortunately, Hue peeked in before it was too late.

Wandering among the 90-plus artworks, from paintings to accessories to garments created by faculty in the School of Art and Design’s 17 majors, was a bewitching experience.

The "cover" of John Goodwin's animated retelling of the Cinderella story.

The “cover” of John Goodwin’s animated retelling of the Cinderella story.

A girl’s voice called out from the hum; it was an animated retelling of the Cinderella story by Adjunct Assistant Professor John D. Goodwin. A young girl narrated as animated silhouettes of ugly sisters and fabulous dressmaking flitted by on digital pages. It was hard to look away.

Hue was moved by Associate Professor CJ Yeh’s “Perfect 10,” an “augmented reality” commentary on unrealistic beauty standards among Asian girls. When the viewer stands in front of the mirror and shouts, a collage of Asian actresses’ and supermodels’ faces begins to be applied to the viewer’s. Hue is quite happy with the non-augmented reality of our own face, thank you very much.

CJ Yeh's "Perfect 10," a video screen that toys with the viewer's natural beauty.

CJ Yeh’s “Perfect 10,” a video screen that toys with the viewer’s natural beauty.

New Views was up February 8 to 16. If you missed it, you can see the works on the exhibition website.

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PACKAGING DESIGN STUDENTS CELEBRATE GREEN GABLES

Who knew that the most eco-friendly container for milk and juice is almost a century old? That’s right, the humble cardboard gable-top carton, patented in 1915, delivers freshness with minimal strain on the environment. The cartons create very little waste and can be recycled.

Through January 30, Project Carton, an exhibit about this sturdy standby, including faux refrigerator cases stocked full of student-designed cartons, brightens up the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center lobby.

FIT’s “supermarket,” chock full of cartons created by Packaging Design students. Photos by Smiljana Peros.

Evergreen Packaging, producer of paperboard containers, sponsored the exhibition, along with an FIT student contest to design cartons for “Pure No Pulp Calcium Enriched Orange Juice,” “Good Grazes Skim Plus Milk,” “Frontier Farms Almond Milk,” and “All Natural Pure Granulated Sugar.” Judges from Walmart and Coca-Cola, among other companies, picked the winners, which are displayed on the contest website.

Packaging Design students created the cartons, and representatives from the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Department crafted an environment reminiscent of a high-end supermarket, plus an immersive interpretive pathway at the edge of the room. Hue hopes to see more environmentally friendly packaging from the Sustainable Packaging Design credit certificate, which launched last fall.

The back view of the supermarket display case.

Hue enjoyed all the entries, though the winning milk carton stood out as unique and particularly enticing. We generally prefer not to stare at the cow when drinking the milk, but Jennifer Ahern’s whimsical contour drawing makes us excited to down our calcium.

The interpretive walkway, featuring a blown-up version of the winning milk carton.

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SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM HUE!

Hue is taking a breather for the next few weeks, resting up for another year of wit and wisdom. We thought we’d leave you, dear reader, with a link to an amusing (and inspiring, we hope) story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about a former FIT student who loves all that glitters.

Happy holidays!

Michael Kuczkowski, who studied design at FIT, has a flair for flair. Photo by Joel Koyama, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

 

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A FINAL TIP OF THE HAT TO ELAINE STONE

The audience in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre was a sea of hats on December 4, when the FIT community gathered to pay tribute to Elaine Stone, professor emerita of Fashion Merchandising Management and one of the college’s true icons.

“She was an old-school retailer,” Christine Helm, coordinator of the Enterprise Center, remembered. Helm worked under Stone since the late ’80s and considered her a mentor and friend. “She was very much a career girl from Queens who knew her industry and was serious about teaching. She had a real presence. It was fun knowing her.”

Stone wore a hat every day—usually something flamboyant. “Everybody had a story of when they saw her without a hat on,” Helm said. “What people don’t know is that she had a very small head. All those hats were stuffed with plastic to keep them on.”

Attendees of the memorial were encouraged to wear hats, and Melanie Reim, chair of the Illustration MFA department, sketched a few of her favorites. Hue thinks her drawings speak for themselves.

Ten people spoke at the event, including President Joyce F. Brown; Peter Scotese, chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees, and Robin Sackin, chair of Fashion Merchandising Management.

As for Helm, she barely said anything, instead showing a video of Stone. “Elaine always did the talking.”

In the spirit of letting Stone speak for herself, check out this compilation of video clips of her. Jump to about 7:25 to see the professor at her cleverest.

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