Instructor Spotlight: Barb Salzman

Barb Salzman knows inspiration can be found almost anywhere. Although, she was too young to know it she found her inspiration in a nest, next to her childhood home. Year after year she’d watch in awe, as life would miraculously hatch and later become the inspiration for her design company, Hatch Creative Studio as well as her former event space, Nest Event Loft and an eclectic prop rental company called Hatch Prop Shop.
Barb’s philosophy of design follows suit with her company name, Hatch. Authentic ideas that create inspiration and excitement for her clients and all those that get to experience her whimsical, thoughtful sense of style and laid back elegance.
After graduating with a BA from the University of Vermont, Barb went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from FIDM, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco with a  degree in Visual Merchandising.

Prior to opening her own event design company, Barb had the wonderful experience of being a Visual Manager and on the store opening team at Anthropologie as well as a ghost designer for HGTV’s “Whats Your Sign Design”.

FUN FACT: Barb has a love for animals  and currently lives with 2 dogs and a frog. She is on the board and serves as operations manager and event producer for a non profit called Funny For Fido that produces an annual comedy night where comics “stand-up for homeless animals.”
Past comedians were Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Judah Friedlander and many more hilarious artists.
Prof. Salzman’s website:
Professor Salzman teaches:
HSX067 Fashionable Affairs: Events Made Easy
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Teaching Philosophy:
Experience is always the best method for learning and this very hands on event design and planning class will leave students passionate about the world of events.  I have no doubt my students will never look at a table the same way again.
On Precollege Programs:
I’m excited about the chance to teach future designers about a unique way to be creative through event design and planning.  Sometimes it’s all about understanding possibilities and realizing that careers can be built from many talents.
Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions: 

Founder and Creator Director of Hatch Creative Studio, Barb Salzman and her team have inspired the limits of traditional event design and marketing for the past 10 years.


Named one of The Knot’s Top 10 Most Inspiring People (2013)
Voted best Floral Designer 2011-2014 by The Knot and published in numerous publications such as In Style, NY Magazine, The Knot, Brides Magazine, Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty and Biz Bash.
Hatch Creative Studio has left its mark on events such as:
The Samsung House
Creative Time Gala
Target Feed Launch
Super Bowl Media Event
The Brooklyn Half Marathon Pre-Party
The Office Depot Booth at The X Games
Prof. Salzman also orchestrated the Guinness World Record Award for The Worlds Longest Picnic Table for Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
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Memorable Last Day

image (3)Well believe it or not, it is time for my Precollege class to end! My time at FIT has been short but sweet and I already signed up for my next class in the spring. My last day in NYC was full of surprises in and outside of the classroom, proving once again how glad I am to have taken this class.

My last Precollege class day began with my friend forcing me to try out for a Brandy Melville (my favorite clothing brand) open call audition that was just a few blocks away. I was hesitant to go at first, but looking back I am so glad I did. I had the privilege of meeting my favorite model, Scarlett Leithold, who I have blogged about previously. Unfortunately I was so excited about the meeting that I proceeded to leave my driver’s license in a taxi! Fortunately a wonderful human being found it, tracked me down on Instagram, and has offered to mail it back. Bless you and Merry Christmas!

When I got to FIT, I presented my final project, a Gigi Hadid-inspired mood board, and was able to see everyone else’s hard work. It was a privilege to get to see the talent of the students and the effort that they put into their work. Afterwards, our professor served us pizza to celebrate the end of class—yeah! Finally the dreaded moment came and I had to say goodbye to all of the friends I have made, but I am sure that we will see each other very soon.

I met up with my best friend from a previous FIT Precollege class to go to dinner. We took an Uber car, which is like a taxi but an actual car and the car’s owner picks you up. Our driver was one of the funniest people I have ever met and he spontaneously decided to drive us around the outside of Rockefeller Center to see the tree. It was another beautiful NYC night.

As I boarded the train home, I recalled my ride last week when the train was full of Santas all coming from SantaCon. There were people lining the train car and no empty seats left to be filled. As the train became more packed, one man dressed as Santa decided to yell “who wants to sit on Santa’s lap!” and was quickly escorted off of the train.  As I rode home on the train after my last class, no longer surrounded by one hundred Santas, I thought to myself how grateful I am to have taken this class and how many memories I will keep with me forever.

So, to all my future friends interested in fashion of any form, I hope you have learned a thing or two from reading my blog. Even if that one thing is that high heels in Penn Station are never a good idea.

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Till Next Time!

Hello hello!

Well, the final class has somehow crept up quicker than expected. It feels like just yesterday October started but here we are, days away from 2016.

It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Originally I was registered for a different class than the one I took but due to low registrations, I was recommended to take Magazine Design. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this class and I’ve learned a lot about the various programs you use in graphic design as well!

As expected of the title of the class, our final projects were our own personal spin on a magazine. I took some pictures of a few of the final pages, mind you I could probably keep working on this forever but this is the final result over the last few weeks!

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I featured both of these pages in a few of my older posts when they were works in progress. As you can see, changes have been made as well as minor tweaks in order to tie in the magazine as one. Throughout the magazine I tried to tie in colors that were featured on the cover; blue, red, black, gold, and white. Gold being the perfect tie in to each page really made the rest of the magazine come together well.

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Overall, the magazine is finished but for my own personal standards, I definitely feel I could further strengthen the magazine. I tried my best with the time and sources I had which is all that really matters in the long run I guess!

If you’re interested in designing and graphics as well as putting together a final product, I highly recommend you try Magazine Design. It not only introduces you to more aspects of design, but you’ll get a better understanding of software you’ll more than likely need in any field you go into!

Thank you all so much for reading my posts from week to week, it’s really been awesome getting to write for this blog!

Have a happy holiday and good luck with your future endeavors!


Emily Kelly


It’s A Shoe In

Collecting items is a common but enjoyable hobby that many people take part in, whether it’s hats, pez dispensers, beanie babies or even something as simple as cards. Today, I’m here to talk a little and to ask a little about collecting.  If I had to pinpoint a moment in time, plats quai 2my whole interest in fashion started back in my freshman year of high school.  I didn’t know how to dress but I knew that I loved sneakers and I loved collecting them.  For the most part, I collected Air Jordans but eventually my horizon expanded.  I started off with one pair and through selling various shoes I built up my collection. Currently my sneaker collection is at 107 pairs (and counting!).   While I have slowed down a lot in recent times my love for sneakers has not diminished.  It has, wdywthowever, snowballed into my love of clothes.  Honestly that is probably the reason my sneaker collection has slowed down, most of my funds have slowly transferred from sneakers to clothing. While it’s good to have your wardrobe in balance I think my shoe collection will always dominate my closet and shelves.

I am curious to see what our readers collect and what their collections may look like.  Drop a few comments below about your hobbies and collections for me and our readers to check out!


In The Moment

Sometimes I think part of the reason I got into photography is I not only to look back on memories but I like looking back and seeing them at their best. I can never fully pinpoint why I got into it but one thing that sticks out in particular was from one of my first shoots. I 005 (5)11))was in my backyard with my friend Allie and I took a picture of her at random and when I uploaded it I had a moment of realization. The shot wasn’t anything special but it looked nice and that’s when I realized using this camera to make my surroundings look nice from a new eye was so much more exhilarating than I imagined. From there it was constantly evolving. I started taking my shoots out to new places and utilized them to meet new people. My camera went from a little metal box that I had no idea how to use to a social/art utility. To this day my love for photography is growing and I am always open to new styles, I would love to keep up with my all my readers work. If you ever want to see my work ( I most definitely want to see yours) just reach out to me on Instagram at @walter_sincox and we could talk more personally.