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Hue’s summer issue features a profile of Katie Covington and Janet Crowther, Jewelry Design ’08 and ’09, respectively, and their company, For the Makers. Essentially, it’s a monthly subscription to a craft box, a little kit with the materials for four accessories, jewelry and the like. Very cute and fun for crafty people short of time and/or inspiration.

Not being one to write about something without trying it (especially when it comes to baked goods, but also for other products), Hue requested a sample and got to work.

For the Makers’ “Wintergreen” box. (Photo courtesy of For the Makers.) Hue made the stretchy bracelets and the cup holder.

First up was a five-minute project to make elastic bracelets. All it involved was threading a metal bead onto an elastic, then tying the elastic. Easy peasy over easy!

The bracelets were in pretty colors and were incredibly easy to make. In retrospect, Hue should have mistrusted the confidence that this early success brought on.

Next, Hue tackled a rather more difficult project, a felt coffee sleeve. Considering how much coffee Hue drinks (and, admittedly, how little jewelry Hue wears), this would be eminently useful.

The directions are here, if you’re curious: https://www.forthemakers.com/projects/slate-coffee-sleeve

First step was to cut out the paper pattern, and to cut the felt in that pattern. Considering Hue’s expertise in cutting patterns, that was no trouble at all.

Someone far more talented than Hue cutting the felt. Image courtesy of For the Makers.

Next, Hue had to sew a beaded chain onto the edges of the felt by stitching in between each tiny bead. The idea is pretty brilliant: a throwaway chain turns into a perfect row of studs with the help of some black thread.

It is not clear how long this step was supposed to take, but Hue is sure it took longer than it should have. In fact, the length of time it took will remain a secret. OK, fine. It took two hours.

Someone far more talented than Hue sewing on the chain, bead by bead. Image courtesy of For the Makers.

After that herculean labor (somewhere on the difficulty spectrum between washing out the Augean stables and slaying the Stymphalian birds), stitching the ends together and adding the studs was relatively easy.

Unfortunately, Hue’s version didn’t turn out quite as good as the one in the picture. And it doesn’t seem quite as big as it’s supposed to be. It fits nicely around an 8-ounce coffee cup, but it barely grips the base of anything larger. Perhaps this is a sign from the crafting gods to drink less coffee.

If the lines don’t look straight, you’re probably intoxicated. Photo by Smiljana Peros.

ADDENDUM: Since this article was written, Hue found a real crafter in the office, Julianna Dow, to make the most complicated project of all, a funky necklace. As you can see, she had no trouble with it. Which suggests that these crafting projects are perfect… for the right person.

For the Makers’ necklace… looking good! Photo by Smiljana Peros.


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?








Independent jewelry designers can often be found at the bench, hammering away at itty bits of metal. But corporate designers work much differently. Charu Mehta, Jewelry Design ’11, associate jewelry designer for the Adelington Design Group, part of Fifth & Pacific (formerly Liz Claiborne), gives Hue Too a rare glimpse into the mass-market design process, using a pair of Kensie earrings as an example.

First, the design team shops at high- and low-end stores for inspiration. They liked these resin earrings—and neon is hot right now—and wanted to create something better.

Back in the studio, the designers make dozens of sketches, based on materials chosen by the product development team. The design director picks the best one—in this case, the one on the lower right. She thought the teardrop shape with just one ring of stones looked special without costing too much.

Next, Mehta makes a clear and informative technical drawing that is sent to the manufacturer.

The manufacturer takes a “first pass” at the earring, and the designers tweak it. In this case, they wanted the blue resin piece to look shinier and asked for it in a range of colors.

Mehta’s work is done when the showroom sample comes in. This piece, in Kensie’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, sells for $38 at Lord & Taylor and Macy’s.


For its 40th anniversary, Carolee, the noted costume-jewelry maker, held a contest within FIT to design five collections that blend the classic, sophisticated Carolee look with a fresh, fashiony edge.

On Thursday, September 13, the winners convened at the Carolee counter at Bloomingdale’s to try on their designs. They, along with execs from Carolee, FIT, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Nylon magazine, crowded into an aisle between jewelry cases and sipped prosecco, nibbled on macarons, and took in congratulatory remarks.

The five winners of Carolee's design contest

Carolee’s FIT Student Design Competition Winners from FIT’s Jewelry Design major, left to right: Palwasha Iqbal ’12, Prakshi Sharma ’12, Elyse Spencer ’13, Yoonji Choi ’12, and Christine Gonzalez ’13 (and Advertising and Marketing Communications ’99). (PRNewsFoto/CAROLEE)

“This store is about dreams and aspirations,” Joel Fivis, president and COO of Carolee, said. “We are very proud to have played a part in helping these students reach their aspirations.”

“The future of design is secure,” Karen O’Brien, vice president of marketing (and fellow FIT alumna), said.

Each winner received $1,000, and five dollars from the sale of each piece will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Carolee also sponsored a $2,500 annual scholarship to one Jewelry Design student. The first winner was Vanessa Marek, Jewelry Design ’13.

FIT students’ winning designs for Carolee. Clockwise from top left: Palwasha Iqbal’s Deco Jazz, Christine Gonzalez’s Bold Geometry, Yoonji Choi’s Peacock Blues, and Prakshi Sharma’s Heirloom Lace. Center: Elyse Spencer’s pieces. (PRNewsFoto/CAROLEE)

The winners were charmingly modest about their stunning works.

“I was afraid of these earrings. I didn’t think people wore earrings like this anymore,” said Prakshi Sharma, who flew in from India for the occasion. Her Heirloom Lace collection drew on the shapes that snake charmers make out of their snakes. “American style is simple and straight, but this is complex.”

Yoonji Choi based her collection, Peacock Blues, on the cockiest bird in the animal kingdom. “People will get a chance to feel like a prima donna on the stage,” Choi said. She brought in a splash of light blue to make the pieces feel younger and trendier.

The People’s Choice award went to Elyse Spencer, the youngest designer in the contest. The secret to her populist appeal? “My roommate Natalie got a lot of people to vote for me,” she said.


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.