Instructor Spotlight: Eric Ramirez

IMG_8225Prof. Eric Ramirez is the Chairperson and  Assistant Professor in the Textile/Surface Design Department. I am a graduate of the TD/SD Program at FIT and design in various areas of the textile and related fields, especially textiles prints for fashion apparel and home furnishings. Such as: children’s, woman’s wear and menswear textile designs, bed sheet, upholstery fabrics, dinnerware, tabletop, bathroom products. During the semester he teaches several courses from basic color and drawing to the graduating capstone courses. Prof. Ramirez also continues to work on his fine art paintings.

Prof. Ramirez teaches:

HTS176 55A  From Museum Inspiration to Textile Design  


Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that each student has a special creative gift that needs to be nurtured and developed. Through instruction, guidance and hands on practice this creative gift can be strengthen. At one point there is a comfort level when they have achieved a break through with their creativity. Then only can the limitless possibilities of what can be achieved for the future be in the reach of the student.




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I really think the opportunity to study in New York City at FIT in a college atmosphere is so rewarding. Being on a campus that is full of a variety of different fields of study is just awesome. During my class I especially like to see the creative ability and to hear the diferent points of view about designing from the students during discussions and critiques. I have always felt that in all the Precollege programs you will experience something that will make a major impact on you, for the rest of your life.

Artwork featured in the post by Prof. Eric Ramirez


Instructor Spotlight: Bing Hu

DSC_0245Prof. Hu is from the city of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China. She graduated from the Shanghai Teachers college in 1983, just three years after Chairman Mao’s death and China’s Culture Revolution ended. In 1986 she came to the United States, where she received a merit scholarship at the Art Students League of New York and later obtained her MFA from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1995.



Teaching Philosophy:
I believe professional education is very important. Learning at a young age is necessary. Young people are like the morning sunlight; the future of whole world belongs to them. Our mission is to provide the best art education and to elevate study energy and power. This power will keep the lights shining for generations.

Flatiron Installation

On Precollege Students:
They are young and energetic. They are like sponges; they can easily absorb information.

Advice for young students:
If you really love art, just do it.  FIT pre-college program was designed to help and to elevate your professional foundation level. I like motivated and flexible students, who are here to learn. I love teaching and working with young kids.




2012            “Shattered Debris, Sheer Transformation” at Flatiron Prow Art Space curate by Cheryl McGinnis Project

2009             “Breaking Lines” Cheryl McGinnis Gallery. NYC

1998             “Scattered Petals, Fallen Leaves, Shards of Glass: The Work of Bing Hu”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY

1996             “Open House Exhibition”, 111 Fourth Avenue, NY

1995             “Bing Hu Recent Works”. Chinese American Arts Council, Gallery 456, NY


2000            The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.

1997             The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc.

1996             Commissioned to investigate sites in New York City and propose a temporary public art project by the Public Art Fund

1996             The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.

1993-1995   Awards MFA Scholarship, SUNY Purchase

1989-1990   Merit Scholarship, Art Student League

1989             Nessa Cohen Memorial Foundation, New York

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Instructor Spotlight: Carole Daner

Daner_Instructor SpotlightProfessor Carole Daner teaches in both the Accessories Design Department and the Precollege Programs at FIT. The courses that Professor Daner teaches in the Precollege Program focuses on learning to design, sew and construct handbags, tech and small leather goods and accessories.

Professor Daner teaches the following courses:
HSX 103 – Leather Sewing Intensive – Precollege Workshop Class
HLD 030 – Bags: Fashion and Laptop Cases – Precollege Semester class

Bag Designed by Prof. Carole Daner

Teaching Philosophy:
Professor Daner enjoys teaching the students to develop their own personal style by designing and learning out to translate their designs into actual creations.

On Precollege Programs:
The Precollege Program is an ideal opportunity for the students to learn and become familiar with the different creative and related industries that the Fashion Institute of Technology is renowned for worldwide.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Carole Daner has worked as a designer in the handbag, small leather goods, belt and jewelry industries. Presently Carole Daner designs one of a kind handbags and accessories. Most recently she exhibited at the FIT New Views faculty exhibition.

Instructor Spotlight: Shawn Carter

Shawn Carter_Instructor SpotlightShawn Grain Carter is an Associate Professor. Her career began as an Executive at Bloomingdale’s. In 1986 she launched Bergdorf Goodman’s Home Furnishings Division “The Home on Seven.” Years later she joined Ann Taylor Stores as a Buyer of Dresses, Sportswear, and Accessories until 1991 when she gave birth. Subsequently, she became Merchandising Director at a European luxury brand MCM. Her responsibilities included marketing for Canada, the United States and Japan. In 1997, Macy’s lured her with a promise to launch their website Macy’s.Com. Her responsibilities included Designer Sportswear such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Professor Carter was selected as a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, England in 2004. Ms. Carter received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. She serves on the Board of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and received the Jack and Jill of America “Distinguished Mother of the Year Award.”

Prof. Carter recently taught:
HFM 064:  The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising
HSX 122: The Secret of Private Branding for Retailers


Teaching Philosophy:
To connect the theory and practice of fashion business and merchandising through critical thinking and case studies that enhances each student’s cognitive, creative and leadership skills. By broadening and deepening the individual’s knowledge and experience, I seek to develop lifelong learners and curators of fashion lifestyles and brands.

PreCollege Programs:
The joy of introducing students to a broad range of art, culture, fashion, and lifestyle branding is evident in the talents, skills, and projects that our wonderful students create.

Industry Experience:
Professor Shawn Grain Carter was recently quoted in the “New York Times” August 30, 2014 article, on the nonwoven fabric tyvek, “No Canvas, No Leather, a Reboot for the Sneaker.” She was also quoted on NPR regarding the diversity of models on the fashion runway.

Instructor Spotlight: Jada Schumacher

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Jada is the Founding Director of Design Orange, a studio designing custom products for museums, individuals, and inspiring organizations. Jada has a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin. She lectures on color and design nationally and internationally in countries such as El Salvador, Estonia, Italy, Hungary, Korea, and Taiwan. She is an Associate Professor in the Communication Design Department and an instructor at the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies at FIT. She teaches courses on color theory, color forecasting, graphic design, and three-dimensional design.

Professor Schumacher teaches:
HAD110 New York Art Scene
HAD149 Advertising and Graphic Design Portfolio.

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in approaching projects and lives with a sense of discovery and joy. I believe that the classroom should be led with honesty and realness, and I create a teaching environment where each student is encouraged at his/her own pace and in his/her direction of interest. I encourage students explore ideas that make a difference in our increasingly complex world.

My advice for future creatives? Really look. Really listen. Be curious. Museum hopping is an exquisite luxury. It’s important to stay current (and to nourish your creative self). See contemporary art and outrageous performances. Go to concerts. Watch movies. Walk through boutiques and touch nice fabrics.

Travel in your own town. Travel somewhere far away. Travel somewhere that smells like curry or anise or dirt or honey.

On Precollege Programs:

The Precollege Programs offer students the luxury of shopping around for careers while building portfolios for entry into college. What an fantastic opportunity! Plus, exploring creative endeavors with seasoned professionals and instructors is an amazing amount of fun.

Industry Experience:

Design Orange has just finished a collaborative effort with The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, NYC, to launch a scarf inspired by sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s Akari lamps. The studio works with other museums across the country in creating custom products inspired by the museums’ collections.

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