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DJ SPOOKY HAS DONE EVERYTHING EXCEPT TAKE A VACATION

Hue is ambivalent about the concept of a “renaissance man,” not least because women need not apply. But OK, maybe just this once.

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, who guested at FIT’s Sustainable Business and Design Conference this spring, has done a lot that most deejays have not. He is the executive editor of Origin Magazine, an “art and conscious lifestyle” magazine. He composed the score for Downloaded, a documentary about Napster that VH1 is releasing later this year. He served as artist in residence at the Metropolitan Museum, creating compositions based on exhibitions. He released a popular iPad app for deejaying. And he’s got a social conscience: After a trip to Antarctica, he wrote The Book of Ice, “part fictional manifesto, part history, and part science book” about climate change.

The cover of “The Book of Ice.”

Along with that came Of Water and Ice, an atmospheric, brooding symphony based on charts of troubling weather and temperature patterns. The music veritably brims with urgency.

Hue only wonders one thing: When does he sleep?

Paul D. Miller in Antarctica. Photo by Maria Thi Mai.

DJ Spooky

SUBWAY ILLUSTRATOR PREFERS HER ANIMALS DRESSED

“If you like doing something, find a way to call it work,” said Sophie Blackall, the prolific Australian/Brooklynite illustrator known for her quirky picture of New York City subway riders.

Sophie Blackall's MTA poster

Hue has spent many hours gazing at Sophie Blackall’s MTA poster while waiting for the Q train to start moving again.

At FIT last night, she presented her work and narrated her career trajectory for Illustration students and faculty, as well as her husband, who occasionally fed her planted questions and loving looks. She showed a charming four-minute video about the subway poster, in which she does a lot of biking, plus some painting.

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Hue’s favorite moment of the video: She says, “I love drawing animals, but I almost always want to put clothes on them.”

Exactly.

Perhaps her coolest project is called Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found, in which she translated her obsession with Craigslist’s missed connections into a poignant illustrated book.

Utterly romantic and totally weird: Sophie Blackall’s Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found.

Apparently, she likes to put animal clothes on humans, too.

Check out Blackall’s Etsy store to see dozens more of these gems (prints of the art are for sale). Or just buy the book.

ENGLISH AND SPEECH PROF SAYS “LET THEM EAT COOKIE”

Growing up near Youngstown, Ohio, Assistant Professor of English and Speech Matthew Petrunia never tasted a wedding cake. Instead, the staple dessert at weddings for him was the cookie table—or, more accurately, tables, lined up all around the ballroom, crowded with platters of cookies baked by the couple’s family and friends, enough for every guest to gorge on about 30 of them.

Hue thinks that just takes the cookie.

“The first wedding I went to after moving to Colorado, there was no cookie table,” Petrunia remembers. “I thought it was a colossal joke.”

For an info session for incoming students about Liberal Arts minors on August 23, he decided to bring the tradition to FIT and create a cookie social, where students could mingle with professors in a relaxed, butter-heavy setting.

Matthew Petrunia's cookie table

The cookie table: Starting from bottom right, the cookies are pizzelles, marmalade thumbprints, apple thumbprints, and pecan tarts.

But procuring all those baked goods was no cookiewalk. He drove more than seven hours to Santisi’s IGA Marketplace in Girard, Ohio, and picked up 1,500 cookies, plus 15 pounds of Giannios chocolate candies, then drove right back. (Cookies from a respected supermarket, apparently, can stand in for the home-baked variety.)

The goodies came from a melange of ethnicities: clothespin cookies (a flaky crust with a cream filling), kolache cookies (filled with apricot, poppyseed, or nuts; also called foldover cookies), and buckeyes (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate), but none of the chocolate-chip variety. “I was interested in bringing cookies they hadn’t seen before.”

The cookie table

The cookie table (again). From bottom, Italian wedding cookies (the white balls), walnut bars, raspberry kolaches, nut kolaches, buckeyes, and kiffles.

He plated the sweets with Fenton Glass and Viking Glass, colorful candy dishes that everybody’s grandmother owned when he was growing up. FIT’s cookie table became a rainbow of glass and jelly.

Handkerchief vase

Giannios candies inside a Viking handkerchief vase

Then the students flooded in, and the treats went like hotcookies. The buckeyes disappeared after just 40 minutes.

“There were polite cookie-takers who took three and walked away,” he says. “Then there was this one girl who had about 20 cookies on this little plate. I like that she lost control.”

Crowds at the cookie table

Students loving the liberal arts (plus cookies)

By the time the room emptied two hours later, just 23 marmalade thumbprint cookies remained. Clearly, at FIT, you can’t have your cookie and eat it too.

By Monday, 22 students had signed up for a Liberal Arts minor. Now isn’t that just the icing on the cookie?

LIFE IN PLASTIC, IT’S FANTASTIC

All those who complain that there isn’t enough pink at FIT should please proceed to the lobby of the Pomerantz Art and Design Center. There, Mattel has teamed up with FIT to create “The Pink Issue,” an homage to Barbie from five Art and Design majors.

Hue was quite fond of the intricately decorated dollhouses dreamed up by Interior Design students. A dream house indeed! This bathroom, if scaled to human size, would be larger than Hue’s whole apartment.

A Barbie dollhouse

"A Timeless Barbie Powder Room" by Jessica L. Mazur, Interior Design '13

The bubble bath looks positively inviting, though Hue wonders who’s going to clean up the mess on the floor. (Sorry, Ken.)

This bedroom looks like fun for the feet… but is it pink enough? One thing’s for sure: Barbie’s friends can spill as much rosé as they like onto the rug, with no one the wiser.

Another Barbie dollhouse

"Green is the New Chic" by Katie McTammany, Interior Design '13

Hue finds this dress, seemingly made out of shopping bags, to die for. Barbie would light up the red carpet. But the fantasy would be crushed once she hopped into a cab. She’d have to walk home, unless she came in a Segway.

A life-size Barbie dress

"Shopaholic" by Maor Tapiro, Menswear '13

The Pink Issue runs through September 3.

FINE ARTS GRADS GIVE HUE SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Calling all potential viewers of FIT’s Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition: Tomorrow (May 22) is its last day.

Hue was struck by much of the art in the Great Hall, but especially by the installations that invited the viewer inside. Take, for example, “Graveyard” by Marcel Bornstein, a concrete foundation with several plots.

Installation in FIT's Great Hall

"Graveyard" by Marcel Bornstein '12

At the entrance, Hue found a poem and a handwritten note that read, “YOU CAN WALK ON IT (PLEASE)”. Hue complied. Being inside the installation almost felt like walking through a graveyard; Bornstein captured the dark solitude of it quite viscerally.

A closeup shot of the Graveyard installation

More of "Graveyard"

Also in the show was “Vestige,” which resembled a scrapbooking desk straight outta grandma’s house. As directed, Hue sat in the chair, opened the drawers, and flipped through the books.

An artwork in FIT's A&D exhibition

"Vestige" by Cassandra Holden, Fine Arts '12

The drawers were filled with (surprise!) hair. The books contained shapes and textures that felt resonant, even if Hue wasn’t sure what they meant.

Hue definitely appreciates art more from the inside.