Instructor Spotlight: Jasmin Zorlu

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DSC_0004Professor Zorlu was born in Germany and raised in the wonderlands of Iceland and Japan, where she developed a fascination for all things modern and minimal.  Her artist mother took her to art museums and galleries all over the world, which led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Art History.  However, in her last year of college in Michigan, she took a theatrical hat design course and became hooked by the sculptural possibilities of the powerful accessory of the HAT. After graduation, she moved to New York City to take more hat making classes at FIT, also earning another degree in Accessory Design.  She’s been designing and making headwear for 20 years, with a brief stint as a corporate footwear designer on the West Coast.


Professor Zorlu teaches: HSX 104 Hang on to Your Hat!
Hats are hot, and now they’re everywhere! Musicians and celebrities know the power of the hat. From royal weddings to award shows, hats are stealing the spotlight! In this class you’ll learn how to make a 1920’s style cloche or fedora hat that perfectly fits you by using the exciting art of ‘Freeform Blocking’. Using steam and your fingers, manipulate a pre-formed woven straw cone on a standard wooden hat form, hand-stitch it, and then trim the hat with your own handmade flowers, cockades or bows from ribbon. All hand-stitching: no sewing machine knowledge required.
Register HERE

Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching philosophy involves showing my students traditional techniques in hatmaking and inspiring them to find new materials and ways of putting shapes together which are fresh and exciting.  Observing the world around them with a keen eye, drawing upon nature, architecture or even people’s hairstyles will help develop their design sensibility.

On Precollege Programs:
Pre-college programs at FIT are a wonderful introduction to the fashion industry and to the resources of the school:  its instructors, culture, facilities, and resources like the museum and library.  FIT has the only certified Millinery Certificate program in the US; the classes I’m teaching are a fun introduction to millinery (hat making and design).

Advice for Students:
Wear your own creations and invent your own style! People will love to get inspired by you.

Industry Experience:

  • Assisted Tracy Watts, James Coviello, Rod Keenan, Patricia Underwood, and 2 people in the theatrical headwear industry.
  • Commissioned by Erykah Badu, the R & B singer
  • Was part of a cooperative clothing boutique in the lower East Side of Manhattan.
  • Designed unique patterned fabric hats for Goorin Brothers which were mass produced and sold in the US, Europe and Japan.
  • Recently, loaned out hats to Lady Gaga for one of her videos and also had my hats shot for a Vogue Italia editorial.

Awards/Publications
Publications: Oyster Magazine (from Australia), WWD, Oprah Magazine, Paper Magazine, Accessories Magazine, The Hat Magazine

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Student Work: 2-D Animation with Photoshop and After-Effects (Level 1)

Check out some of these student animations of Summer Live!

This work comes from HGD 174: 2-D Animation with Photoshop and After-Effects (Level 1)  Course description:

Used in producing animated gifs for the web and movies, Adobe Photoshop  is the software used by industry to create two-dimensional animations and set up files to be animated in After Effects. Students will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop for the first few days and then transition to After-Effects. Students will produce their own animations, text animations, and several other projects that may be viewed on any computer and used for portfolio submissions.

 

Student Work: HGD 175 Animation with Adobe After-Effects (Level 2)

Check out some of these student animations of Summer Live!

This work comes from HGD 175 Animation with Adobe After-Effects (Level 2)
Course Description:

Used in producing television commercials, film credits, and web animations, Adobe After-Effects is software used by industry to create two-dimensional animations. Students will produce their own 30 second animations, text animations, and several other projects that may be viewed on any computer and used for portfolio submissions. Basic Adobe Photoshop knowledge required.

 

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Chloe

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Taking courses:
HPH 159  Digital Camera Use and Photography for the Beginner

HFA 141 Cityscapes

I am scared. Despite the brave face I’ve put on, I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous in my life. Change is good and well needed, but keeping up with all the endings and new beginnings going on at the moment is crazy.

Hello everyone, my name is Chloe Tso, and I am a 17 years old girl from Long Island, NY. I’m sorry the intro is very serious, but you should know a lot is in store for me within the next few months. High school has just ended, all my friends are going off on their own paths, and I am going to be a freshman at Binghamton University this September. As you can imagine, a range of emotions and thoughts are racing through my mind. The scheduled life I’ve followed for five years is no more, and the typical “see you next year” doesn’t work anymore. This transitional period of my life is daunting, yet exciting for me.

While I am excited to start the summer program at FIT, to add on to new beginnings, these are the first art classes I’ll be taking since 7th grade. Shocking, I know! For anyone taking the Cityscape and Beginner Photography class, I’m excited to meet you. When I entered high school, I made the difficult decision to put art behind music. Now that I’ve become a decent cello player, I thought it was time to explore my art skills and improve them. I hope to transform the doodles in my notebook and the photos from my Instagram into something more.

The pressures from the start of college will plague my mind, but I’ve decided to enter this program as I will enter college: with an open mind. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know what I want to major in, but I’ve learned to accept and embrace it. The purpose of classes is to experience them firsthand and expose myself to the various fields. I could go off to become a famous photographer, or maybe I’ll decide to go into engineering, but every experience contributes to my future and knowledge. While there is much uncertainty surrounding my future, I know one thing for sure: I am excited for the summer and the FIT program!

 Chloe

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Sabrina

SabrinaGiacomaggioTaking courses:
HDE 112 Graphic Design for Parties, Events, and Fashion
HDE 118  Create and Build in 3D: Model Making for Portfolios

I’m Sabrina Giacomaggio, I’m 17 years young but growing up in New York has made me wise. I currently live on Long Island, a completely different world than Manhattan. Every opportunity I get I find myself escaping to the big city to find the hidden treasures this place has to offer. With a cup of coffee in my hand, and my headphones on my head, I begin my summer days on the LIRR to the most inspirational place I’ve seen yet, FIT.

FIT has been a motivation, inspiration and a thought of all things hope since as long as I would remember. At a young age I found myself gallivanting about fashion and the big school on 7th ave. With doubt of the practicality of the fashion and art world from many straight edged teachers and adults, I find myself with every opportunity moving in the right direction toward my dreams. As fall approaches, senior year comes closer and closer with the thoughts of applications and portfolios bashing into one and other through my head, causing a constant reminder of what’s next. My Precollege Classes this semester will be helping me, and inspiring me as I work on my final portfolio for the fall. With every bit of spare time, a lot caffeine, I’ll type my life away serving, all you readers.

FIT Precollege Programs are one of the most influential and life stirring decisions I’ve decided to partake in yet, as my last summer here, I plan to make it my best. I hope you all find the reins on your life and let this amazing place stir you in the right direction. Every opportunity is what you make it.

Until next time,

-Sabrina Giacomaggio