Instructor Spotlight: Jacques Cornell

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I started with one photography class in high school after my dad piqued my interest, then practiced & studied photography as a hobby on my own for about 20 years before I realized that it was what I most wanted as a career. I then took night classes part-time for three years and completed a full-time one-year program in photography. After graduating, I worked for several years assisting scores of very talented photographers and building up first my skills and then my business. In 2007 I cofounded event photography company Happening Photos with my good friend and award-winning documentary photographer Steve Hart. I now work primarily as an event & corporate photographer and take on editorial and portrait assignments as well. I have lived part-time in Central Asia for the past two years. My most recent assignment was to document for the US State Department a visit by a US scientific team visiting Kazakhstan to work on an international biodiversity project.

www.jacquescornell.photography 
www.happening.photos 

Professor Cornell currently teaches:
HPH 169 Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop

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Teaching Philosophy:
I think of myself as a consultant and my students as clients. It’s not my class, it’s theirs. I am there to help them accomplish their goals, imagine new ones, and discover the fun and satisfaction of playing with a camera. There’s nothing more inspiring to me as an instructor than someone who really wants to know something. And, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the enthusiasm of a student who’s putting a new skill to use. So, in class I welcome questions, ideas, suggestions, experimentation, and free-ranging conversation.

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Regardless of age, there is a joyful sense of exploration in people who are new to photography that is infectious. What’s unique about younger students is the freedom from preconceptions about what a photo “should” be. I see in them an open-minded approach to image making that comes naturally and that veteran photographers work hard later in life to rediscover. It makes me want to go out and make pictures without an agenda, just for the excitement of looking and seeing.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
As cofounder of Happening Photos, I photograph all kinds of events – conferences, performances, weddings – and I enjoy the challenge of problem-solving on-the-fly in new and constantly changing circumstances. I also take on editorial assignments and make travel & landscape photos for publication and exhibition & sale as fine-art prints. My photos of Mt. Washington are in the permanent collection of the Kiyosato Museum in Japan. Others are on the walls of private buyers around the world.

 

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Instructor Spotlight: Carla Quatraro-D’Arcy

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Carla Quatraro-D’Arcy began her career in the fashion industry of New York over 15 years ago, having held positions in Product Development, at companies such as Jones NY Intimates, Dana Buchman, DKNY Jeans, August Silk, Etienne Aigner and Private Label Handbag / Luggage companies. She is a seasoned traveler both personally and professionally who spent many summers as child visiting family in Italy and now her husband’s family in Ireland. When given the opportunity to visit a new corner of the Earth, Carla and her family pack up and GO!
Carla’s career in the fashion industry entails travelling throughout the USA, Europe and Asia to order raw materials for final product being delivered to the American selling floors. Her job entails constant research on foreign trade agreements, negotiating prices, dealing with budgets as well as intricate planning of shipping & follow through for on time receipt of products or services.
As a Director of Product Development, Carla has been able to take her in depth knowledge of world cultures to achieve positive results in her roles by working directly in factories in China as well as travels throughout the NY Garment district representing retail buyers from Latin America. Additionally, she travels across the US to visit headquarters for various retailers to effectively communicate product development requirements back to overseas factories and fabric mills. Her friendly demeanor, extreme attention to detail, strong organizational skills, high work ethic, and astute level of professionalism, common sense & confidentiality has a made her known in her field as a professional who holds high regard & consideration for other people’s customs, time and work styles.

Professor Quatraro-D’Arcy currently teaches: 
HIN 132 Passport to International Fashion! 

Teaching Philosophy & The Pre-College Programs:
Having attended many of the High School Live classes myself throughout my high school career, I find the classes we take as well as the people we meet at FIT become an important part of what shapes our path well into the future. For me, I took a few design classes which taught me how garments are constructed that later enabled me to look at a line in a factory and know where mistakes may be. Having completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Trade & Marketing at FIT, what I love most about the programs offered is that they truly do pertain to real life practices. We are taught by industry professionals who have in depth insider’s knowledge. I am a true believer that we are all interconnected in this Global life we now all live and if I can help lead by example and guide another person, I am truly rewarded in my life!

Industry Experience:
Aside from being a “FOODIE” who loves to cook, I am curious about what makes people across the globe “tick”! Having spent a lot of time throughout my career in Hong Kong as well as Mainland China, I love when people connect for a common goal. At the end of the day, we are all the same and we all have the same reason for getting through our days, which is to grow within our careers. I recently had a former colleague of mine from Hong Kong stay at my home for a month. She taught me how to cook authentic Chinese food while I taught her my secret Italian sauce recipe and how to make the perfect American Burger and Apple Pie! As mentioned in my Bio, my work experience is making products come to life across the world and making sure they arrive here for consumers to buy. That would not happen without getting to know what’s at the core of any company…. The People!

 

Instructor Spotlight: Karen Bachmann

KarenBachmannKaren Bachmann is a Professor of Art & Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has an MA in Art History from SUNY Purchase and a BFA in Sculpture & Metals from Pratt Institute. With over 25 years of experience creating fine jewelry, including several years on staff at Tiffany & Co., she has exhibited her own work globally. Her interest in obscure and arcane forms of personal ornamentation lead to her fascination for mourning jewelry, which is the basis of her thesis on memento mori and Victorian hairwork jewelry. She is currently working on a book exploring these themes.
Website: www.karenbachmanndesigns.com

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Professor Bachmann currently teaches:
HJD 032: Jewelry Design Studio II

Teaching Philosophy:
I believe in the exploration of materials combined with solid, finely attuned working techniques. Jewelry and small object design is a journey through which we can take everything from metals and gemstones to plastic, wood, and found objects and find our creative expression.

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On Precollege Programs:
The Precollege Program at FIT is a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the best industry professionals in our given fields and to learn from out rich and varied experiences. The energy of the classroom is a dynamic experience that is shared by student and professor alike. I encourage students to explore a variety of materials, both traditional and non-traditional, in order to best actualize their individual designs.

Industry Experience:
I have over 30 years of industry experience, ranging from working on staff at Tiffany & Co as a special order/custom jeweler to creating and selling my own branded line. In January, 2015, I gave a lecture/tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in support of their show “Death Becomes Her” on Victorian mourning jewelry.

Examples of artwork created by Porfessor Bachmann:

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Instructor Spotlight: Mary Costantitni

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Mary Costantini is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at FIT in the Deprtment of Visual Presentation and Exhibit Design. Her love of art and Michelangelo lead her to study in Italy for 5 years and getting her masters in sculpture. After owning her own business in liturgical art and teaching at Caldwell College, she began sculpting mannequins and working in the visual industry. She then took on the Visual Director position for a large discount chain, opened 18 department stores in the New York metropolitan area and began teaching at FIT. She presently am teaching in the Visual Presentation and Exhibit Design Department and freelance special events and unique design projects.

Professor Costantini currently teaches:
HDE 118: Create and Build in 3D: Model Making for Portfolios

HDE 116 In-Store Merchandising Techniques

HDE 114 Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry

Teaching Philosophy: Our work involves speaking to thousands people. It’s the most amazing thought that the window we create, the mannequins we dress or the ad we design can educate, inspire or put a smile on someone’s face. We can alter someone’s mood or vision or idea of fashion. This all starts in the classroom when we begin a project and learn the craft, technique and language of this very creative industry. The world is waiting for your ideas………

 

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Been There, Done That – An Interview With Precollege Alum Isabella Muzzi

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This week, Precollege Programs had the opportunity to speak with FIT undergraduate student and Precollege alumni, Isabella Muzzi. Isabella was born and raised in Manhattan. She loves New York City because of its diversity and ability to change so quickly. It has been a major inspiration to her as an artist. She is currently in her third semester at FIT, working towards her AAS in Fashion Design.

Courses Taken in Precollege Programs:
HAP 017 Introduction to Draping for Fashion Design
HAP 025 Sewing for Fashion Designers
HAP 026 Sewing for Fashion Designers
HAR 082 Junior Special Occasion
HAR 087 Advanced Fashion Design Art Techniques
HAR 089 Fashion Design Portfolio
HAR 091 Anatomy of Fashion
HAR 123 Adobe Photoshop for Fashion Design-Art
HGD 174 2-D Animation Using Adobe Photoshop and After-Effects (Level 1)
HPM 067 Manual Patternmaking and Sewing
JAR 120 Fashion Design
JFA 133 Designing with Color
JSX 010 Drawing Fashion from Inspiration
JSX 030 Composition and Space

Precollege: Do you have any exhibitions, awards, scholarships, recognitions, or experience?
Isabella: In both junior high and high school I was awarded for achievement in website design and studio arts. I was also a semi-finalist in the P.S. Art competition 2013 to be exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I have a lot of experience interning in many artistic fields. Some of the places in which I have interned include the New York Philharmonic Archives, Hiho Batik in Park Slope, the couture and bridal department of Madame Paulette headquarters, and Gauge by Design / Michel of Hong Kong knitwear. Finally, I launched my own label under my name MUZZI in June 2013, which I continue to work for and progress.

Precollege: What courses did you take in our Precollege program at FIT?
Isabella: I have taken 18 classes in the Precollege program at FIT. I started in 7th grade and ended in 10th grade. I took 3 classes of Drawing Fashion from Inspiration, Illustrating Fashion Design, Designing with Color, 2 classes of Composition and Space, Advanced Fashion Design-Art Techniques, Photoshop for Fashion Design-Art, Fashion Design Techniques, Anatomy of Fashion, 2 classes of Fashion Art Portfolio, Manual Patternmaking and Sewing, 2D Animation Using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, Sewing for Fashion Designers (Level I), Sewing for Fashion Designers (Level II), and Junior Special Occasion.

Precollege: What is your fondest memory of Precollege programs?
Isabella: 
My fondest memory of the Precollege programs was taking the Fashion Art Portfolio class with Steven Stipleman over the summer session. I was so excited and nervous leading up to the class and to be able to learn from him, whose books and illustrations have served as a great inspiration to me. The experience of taking his class has had the most rapid and impactful affect on my work out of any course I took in the Precollege programs. He never ignored mistakes and was always constructively critical of all my work, which ultimately made me an infinitely better artist.

Precollege: Any other memories about you Precollege program experience that you’d like to share?
Isabella: 
I also really enjoyed the last class I ever took in the Precollege program, Junior Special Occasion with Kathy Strack. I was uncomfortable with the idea of designing prom dresses and for specifically the junior market, so she encouraged me to take the projects to a higher level if I felt I could. She also recognized where I was with my artwork, and worked with me individually to take it to a higher level. She wanted to find something I had not done before and did not have any experience in, so she challenged me to do the final project in watercolor. This challenge inspired me to work harder and tackle an area in which I was not familiar, which also helped me become a better artist.

Precollege: At what moment did you decide that FIT was your college of choice (if you attend/have attended FIT for college)?
Isabella: 
I always knew that FIT was the ideal place for me to go to college. After seeing how much success I had in the Precollege programs and how much my work improved, I knew that continuing my education at FIT would have a lasting impact on myself and my work.

Precollege: What advantages did you gain from Precollege courses?
Isabella: I learned so much about FIT and about myself through the many Precollege courses I took. For one, taking Precollege courses familiarized myself with the physical campus of FIT, with the class structure and instruction, and with many of the incredibly knowledgeable and talented professors. In addition to that, taking Precollege classes every semester between 7th and 10th grades ensured a constant flow of progression in my artwork and better prepared me for the rigorous college program at FIT.

Precollege: How is college different than you previously imagined back when you were in high school?
Isabella: I think taking so many Precollege classes at FIT gave me a taste of what the college program at FIT would be like. I knew in high school that it would be incredibly rigorous, but I think the act of actually experiencing it and being a full time fashion design major is something there is no way to prepare for. It is a lot of work, and you really learn how to manage your time in the most efficient way possible when being immersed in it.

Precollege: Are there any specific learned traits from your days as a Precollege student that really “hit home” with you? For example, was something said by an instructor that remains with you today?
Isabella: All of the professors I had in the Precollege programs were wonderful. I think something that several of them said to me that has always stayed with me is to always keep pushing myself, and to always keep pushing boundaries. They reminded me that art is constantly in evolution, and that I can always work harder and do better. That is something that I constantly remind myself of today.

Precollege: What advice do you have for Precollege students?
Isabella: Take advantage of the experience. You are incredibly fortunate to be learning from some of the most experienced and talented names in the industry. Be open to criticism and know that they are there to help you improve. Know that you can never stop learning and you can always push yourself harder to do better.

Precollege: Do you have any work from Precollege? 
Isabella: Yes, I did a ton of work in Precollege that I am proud of for the time. I attached two projects from my final class Junior Special Occasion, one group of cocktail dresses entitled Warrior Goddess, and one watercolor project of evening gowns inspired by my muse Vanessa Paradis.

Precollege: Do you have any current work that you’d like to share with us?
Isabella: Yes, I also have a ton of work from my second and third semester Art & Design classes. I have attached work from second semester inspired by reinventing the house Rudi Gernreich, and work from third semester from one project entitled Body Skin Blood, and the final project inspired by the book Sex by Madonna.

Work by Isabella Muzzi:

BEFORE (work done in the High School Precollege Program)

Vanessa Paradis 1 Vanessa Paradis 2 (1) Vanessa Paradis 3 Warrior Goddess 1 Warrior Goddess 2 Warrior Goddess 3

AFTER (current work)

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