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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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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