Instructor Spotlight: Renate Lindlar

RenateRenate Lindlar has been a fashion stylist for over 20 years and works in New York, Hamburg and Berlin, styling fashion editorials and advertising.
She has taught fashion styling at FIT in the past 5 years. She is also the proud owner of rrrentals – a fashion wardrobe rental house located in the heart of the garment center that caters to stylists, styling fashion shoots, commercials, videos, movies, tv and more.
Renate holds a degree in fashion design from Lette Verein, Berlin.
Website: http://www.renatelindlar.com/

 

Professor Lindlar teaches the Workshop: HSX 121 55A PASSION FOR FASHION STYLING

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Teaching Philosophy:
I like to pass on what I have learned over the past 20+ years. I believe in a hands on approach and that requires practice practice practice. Fashion styling is acquired through trial and error and I would like to eliminate the error part. It is important to just do it and have fun doing it.

On Precollege Programs:
Pre-college is a wonderful way to determine what it is you are passionate about. Again another way to minimize the “error” in “trial and error” and have a really good and interesting time on your way to College.
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Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Renate has worked for major fashion publications as well as worldwide advertising campaigns and commercials. She also worked with celebrities such as Cindy Lauper, Dimitri Hvorostovsky and more. She recently enlarged her styling portfolio by styling “lay-downs” and “pin-ups” for Vogue, W-magazine, Glamour, Lucky and more.

Styled by Renate Lindlar:

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Instructor Spotlight: Cristina Razzano

cristinarazzanoCristina Razzano is a 28 year old FIT Graduate, with her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She is a South Shore Long Island New York native, working in many mediums. Her recent work primarily focuses on using found objects with embroidery/crochet/stained glass and painting in 2D and 3D; pencil drawings and jewelry made from sea life.

www.cristina-razzano.com
Professor Razzano teaches Middle School Workshops:
JSX 037 Middle School Sculpture
JSX 038 Multiple Media Workshop

Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching philosophy is based strongly on my years as a student; taking my experience under different types of teachers and professors, and translating that into my own classroom.  As a teacher, I believe in providing students with a safe environment to explore their own methods of creating art and developing their own ideas, while connecting with fellow students. My goal is to provide an environment where they will learn relevant art history, different methods for making art, and to give them time and direction in order to focus on their personal artistic development.  I strongly believe that nourishing the creative mind is crucial at every age, and my students will be immersed into art via classroom time as well as a field trip on the third class session to the art galleries a few blocks away in Chelsea.  It’s very important to me that my students walk out of my classroom feeling confident, inspired and motivated.IMG_0545

On Precollege Programs:
The Precollege programs offered at FIT are a unique opportunity to experience college life and independence at a young age. As a graduate from FIT, as well as a former Precollege student from FIT, I can truly say that this program is an excellent step towards the future for these students.  With courses geared towards different programs at FIT, all available to experience before even entering high school, students can begin to develop and expand their creative minds; and in what better environment than New York City, under the direction of professional New York based artists and creative minds.

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Miniature Sculptor/Illustrator for Dwarven Forge; Art Instructor for SASF Jamaica NY, Art Instructor at Applied Arts, Amagansett NY

Recent exhibits include “Home” at Morris-Jumel Mansion and “A Show of Heads” Limner Gallery, Hudson NY

Past experience in Interior Design, Fashion Design, Accessories Design and Textile Design.

Artwork by Christina Razzano:

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Instructor Spotlight: Ellen Oster

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Professor Oster has been teaching Textile Design for over 25 years at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She says “I taught the first computer graphics class in FIT, boy have things changed since then!”  She has also been freelancing in the industry for as many years. As a graduate of the Textile Surface Design Department, she is proud to be teaching in that department since her graduation. Prof. Oster received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Professor Oster teaches HTS 173 Designing with Pattern    

Teaching Philosophy:
The most important thing to me is that a student progresses.  I do not believe that there is perfection, if so, life would be stagnant.  I know that we all have the ability to develop skills we need in order to visualize our thoughts.  We just need to remember that improvement takes practice and practice takes time.  In that light, I hope that my students find their voice and enjoy the process of growth and results.

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Artwork by Ellen Oster

On Precollege Programs:
I have been fortunate to teach a number of Precollege programs, both on Saturdays and in the summer.  WOW is all I can say.

I see such bright eyes and minds ready to explore and work hard.  You know this is not like going to camp. Usually it is the student’s decision to focus on what they are interested in, or have decided their career path and are starting young.  So impressive!

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

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Artwork by Ellen Oster

I have designed bedding for Springs Industry, both for their contract bedding division and their juvenile bedding division  I designed licensed graphics such as Superman, Yako, Waco and Dot, Strawberry Shortcake, Clifford the big red dog, I designed infant bedding as well for another company.   I also designed computer graphics for Macy’s and Federal Express. Most recent, my work has been designing prints for companies such as Talbots, a private label for Macy’s and a private label bedding company.

In my spare time, I train artists on using Photoshop for textile design and pattern through on-site classes or webinars, I wrote a book on the same topic, teach yoga and have two patents for a yoga mat I designed.

Work by Professor Oster:
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Instructor Spotlight: Caitlyn McCabe

McCabe(5)Prof. McCabe is children’s and lifestyle photographer based in NYC and California. Inspired by the adventures of Indiana Jones and the smell of developer at her grandparents one-hour photo store, Prof. McCabe passion for travel and photography goes back as far as she can remember.  After graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in photojournalism, she spent 2 years in Louisiana working as an Americorps teacher and volunteering for numerous other non-profit organizations.  With the eye of a photojournalist Prof. McCabe aims to pull out the details that can often go overlooked. Real, raw moments is what she shoots for and the result is often a strikingly honest reflection of the people, places and things she photographs.  Prof. McCabe is a contributing photographer for Mother Image.

Professor McCabe teaches Middle School Workshops:
JSX 006 Basic Digital Photography: Portraits 
JSX 007 Basic Digital Photography: Environments
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Teaching Philosophy:
I encourage my students to relax and have fun, we all see the world differently which is why photography is so much fun. On the first day, I encourage all of the students to photograph the exact same thing, the magic with this project is that each student will come away with a different photograph, I love seeing the surprise on their faces when we look through all of the creative ways something can be looked at. It is the clearest indication of the wonder and joy that is photography.

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Photo by Caitlyn McCabe


On Precollege Programs:

I love this program, its so exciting to be working with such young minds and seeing the passion that they share for my field. I remember being in middle school and high school learning about photography and those are the mentors I will never forget, I love being a part of their journey.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Mother Image, Getty Images, Corbis Images, Microsoft, Men’s Health, Cafe Mom, The School at Columbia University

 

Work by Professor Caitlyn McCabe:

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Instructor Spotlight: Kenneth Krug

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Professor Kenneth Krug has been teaching in both the Communications Design Department and the Textile / Surface Design Department of FIT since 2007. Some of the courses he has taught through Precollege Programs include HTS 163 Designing Your Space: Home Décor and HAD 109 Drawing in Adobe Illustrator.  Prof. Krug has a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute.
Website: www.kenkrug.com

 
Ken Krug’s author page: authors.simonandschuster.com/Ken-Krug

Professor Krug teaches HAD 154 55A Tell Me a Story >>> Register HERE

Professor Krug’s Teaching Philosophy:
I don’t think teaching or learning is a “one size fits all” proposition. In addition to lectures and demonstrations, I talk to each student individually in every class. It is important to me that each student’s needs, strength and weakness are taken into account in the learning process. The thing I look for most in students is growth from one project to the next throughout the semester. I also make a point of bringing examples from my own work to the class to demonstrate how the skills I am teaching work in the world outside of the classroom.

On Precollege Programs:
I find teaching in the precollege program extremely rewarding. I am continuously impressed with the level of commitment, skill and creativity that the high school students bring to the classroom. In addition I find that the high school students are eager to learn new techniques and ideas. I take great pleasure in being able to facilitate this process.

When I’m not teaching, I work as a designer, writer, illustrator and fine artist. I have created textile designs for the apparel and home furnishing market. I have illustrated a variety of books including cookbooks, gardening books, and children’s books. My paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions. In addition I wrote and illustrated a picture book, No, Silly! published by Simon & Schuster this February.

 

Some recent illustration work includes:

  • No, Silly! — Text and illustrations, Simon & Schuster, Spring 2015
  • Go, Train, Go! — Illustrations, Highlights Press, Fall 2014
  • American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America by Michelle Obama, illustrations, end papers, hand lettering, The Crown Publishing Group, Fall 2012

Some recent exhibitions:

  • 2011: The Rose Algrant Art Show, Cornwall, CT, group exhibition
  • 2007: Book Paintings, The Free Library, Cornwall, CT, solo exhibition
  • 2003: Subway Portraits, The National Arts Club, New York, NY, a multimedia collaboration with Susan Charlotte with performers included Ally Sheedy, Kathleen Turner, John Shea, and Treat Williams
  • 2001: Thistles, Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY, solo exhibition

Awards and Featured Work:

  • Original textile designs used in the MTV series, Skins
  • Paintings featured on the set of the film, You Can Count on Me
  • Certificate of Merit from The Society of Illustrators
  • Certificate of Merit from The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles

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