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FIT is in bloom this month — and we’re not talking boring old flowers.

Through May 23, the culminating work of 800 graduating Art and Design students is displayed all throughout the school; for example, Accessories Design and Photography in the Feldman lobby, more Photography in the library, Fine Arts in the Great Hall, Packaging and Fashion Design in the museum lobby, and, oh gosh, just take a gander at this chart.

Hue will post a few more times about the exhibition before its end; for today, here’s a sampling of stunners.

“Transience,” fantastically fluorescent shoes by Rachel Bohn, Accessories Design.

“Ode to Southern Summer,” a necklace by Daniell Hudson, Jewelry Design, made with real cicadas, just in time for the Jurassic Park rerelease this summer. Oh, and the cicada “swarmageddon.”

Spectacle in the Fine Arts exhibition hall. The green resin clutter of body parts is “Ouch,” by Dimitri Dimizas, Fine Arts, a commentary on our culture’s lust for violence.

The “Sammy” plush toy and the “Sammy Can’t Stand Her Bangs” book. Is it a response to Michelle Obama’s look at the inauguration this year?








Sometimes the most beautiful works of art never see the light of day.

That fate befell Hue’s feature on Shoe Obsession at The Museum at FIT, that homage to droolworthy footwear which (sadly) closed April 13. Hue’s spring textile issue just got too jam-packed for a spread on shoes, even those as gorgeous as those The Museum displayed.

But in the age of the internet, nothing ever dies, not really. Loyal reader, clasp your hands with glee: you can read about Shoe Obsession here!


Visitors to Shoe Obsession at The Museum at FIT might have noticed some mind-blowing biomorphic shoes that seemed to be made of bone. Like this “Biomimicry” shoe by Marieka Ratsma.

This shoe is dope.
Photograph by Thomas van Schaik

It was made with a 3D printer by Shapeways, a leading company in the business. 3D printing is the next big thing, according to Duann Scott, “designer evangelist” for Shapeways. Scott spoke at FIT to a packed audience on February 26 as part of the Love Your Library series.

He proposed that 3D printing will be an important manufacturing method of the future, because infinite complexity and customization don’t cost extra, there are no start-up costs, and the process results in very little waste.

Scott said that one company, with a 6-by-6-meter printing capacity, is making modular homes.

To create an object, just upload a design, choose a material (options include steel, silver, ceramic, and various plastics), and the item will be shipped in two to three weeks.

Hue doesn’t understand the technical process; it has something to do with layers and maybe lasers.

At posting time, this shoe was still undergoing testing for durability and comfort, but soon, it will be for sale in Shapeways’ marketplace. The marketplace also offers lots of jewelry, figurines, and toys, such as an insanely large $1,600 Rubik’s Cube.

The best news of all? FIT now has a 3D printer and may open it up for student use in the fall.

With all this 3D furor, Hue hopes people still appreciate 2D things; for example, magazines and magazine blogs.

Joshua Harker sold this skull on Kickstarter for $50 each. He made more than $77,000. Photography by Alessandro Casagli.


Until December 7, passersby of shoe addict heaven DSW on 34th Street will get a peek at this fancy footwear created by FIT students:

DSW shoes

Creativity meets value: FIT students’ shoes at DSW.

Over the past year, DSW, looking to nurture the next generation of accessories designers, sponsored a contest to design their dream shoe and boot; the top designs would find their way to store shelves.

“We didn’t specify the season,” says Cynthia Watson, director of merchandise initiatives at DSW, who organized the contest under the guidance of Debbie Ferrée, vice chair and chief merchandising officer. “We wanted to make sure the design was innovative but also commercially viable. We weren’t trying to hit a price point, but we wanted to make sure they would sell.”

About 30 of DSW’s buyers narrowed the 45 entrants down to 15 and then five finalists, who presented their designs to a group of the company’s executives in the spring. The winner, Sun Jeong Kang, Accessories Design ’12, took home $1,500; her Wallis Sandal and Sandy Shootie will sell for $99.95 at the 34th Street location and on DSW’s website beginning after the launch party on February 5.

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Two right feet: Sun Jeong Kang’s Sandy Shootie and Wallis Sandal.

It gets better. The Fashion Footwear Association of New York chipped in $10,000 to fly the five finalists to Ars Sutoria, the renowned footwear design school in Milan, for a 10-day intensive training.

Kang’s designs use basic colors but incorporate a variety of materials and textures.

“The sculpted heel isn’t your usual stiletto,” says Vasilios Christofilakos, Textile/Surface Design ’02, Fashion Design ’84, chair of FIT’s Accessories Design department, “and the trims flatter the woman’s foot, making it fun and empowering at the same time.”

But, he admits, all the finalists created gorgeous, wearable designs. “It’s kind of like Dancing With the Stars,” he says. “They’re all great, and someone gets an extra point because that’s the way it is.”