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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Instructor Spotlight: Sara Radin

SARASara Radin is a concept designer and fashion trend forecaster. Her internships and work experience span Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Converse and most recently The Doneger Group. Sara also runs her own passion project, cultureisland, an online platform for sharing inspiring content as well as interviews with a wide range of creative individuals. She has curated and planned several pop up events including art shows and charity parties. You can learn more about it at www.cultureisland.com.

 

Professor Radin teaches HSX 99: A Week in the Life of a Concept Designer
Do you enjoy fashion that tells a story? Do you like making moodboards? Do you find images inspiring? In this class, Sara will train you to be a more conceptual and mindful designer. She will also introduce you to other industry professionals who create innovative designs using conceptual thinking.
Register HERE for Spring

 

Teaching Philosophy:
To train students to see inspiration everywhere and to approach their work thoughtfully and intuitively as a way to bring depth to their designs

 

On Precollege Programs:
I participated in the FIT Saturday Live program when I was in high school. It was wonderful exposure to college life and each week I enjoyed the independence I felt taking the train from New Jersey into Manhattan with my high school art posse. I’m excited to be back at FIT working with students around the same age I was then. I enjoy mentoring and look forward to showing students the lessons I’ve learned as a young person in the fashion design industry.

 

Industry Experience:
-Apparel Intern, Polo Ralph Lauren
-Design Intern, Coach
-Assistant + Associate Concept Designer, Converse
-Associate Trend Analyst, The Doneger Group

 

Advice for Students:
-Soak up knowledge like a sponge. Approach every interaction and experience as a learning opportunity. Speak up for what you believe in and the right people will listen. Do one bold thing everyday.
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Instructor Spotlight: Josh Tierney

JoshTierneyJosh Tierney is a multidisciplinary designer and creative director. His diverse background and understanding of fashion, styling, visual merchandising, theater, fashion, graphics, interiors, food, and art have provided him with a unique point of view for planning and designing unique events.  Josh has worked on events of all sizes and scope, in venues in the New York area and beyond.  His work has been featured in Biz Bash, the leading event planning news magazine, as well as Edible, the Knot, Brides, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, and Town & Country.  Josh is an FIT alumnus, with degrees in Display & Exhibit Design, and Fabric Styling.

Professor Tierney teaches: HSX 067: Fashionable Affairs: Events Made Easy
Do you love parties? Do you love design?  Whether you’re a socialite or a budding event planner, this course will teach you everything you need to know about the basics of planning and designing a memorable party.  Fun, collaborative, and interactive – you’ll design tabletops, centerpieces, mood boards, and more.  Make your next event unique, stylish and unforgettable using china, glassware, linens, and décor in creative ways. .  Learn the ins and outs of event design from an industry pro.
Register HERE

Teaching Philosophy:
Teaching Precollege is all about exploration; enlightening students to new ways of thinking, and exposing them to possibilities for their future.  My class is all about giving students a taste of event planning and design, and the students’ individual journeys in figuring out what want to know more about.  My goal in teaching Precollege is really to spark passion, and the first step for students defining their passion is figuring out what they really love.  I apply my professional experience, education, and knowledge to teaching the class, calling on real-world industry contacts to share their experiences with the students, providing three-dimensional field trips and lectures.

On Precollege Programs:
Having attended FIT’s Precollege programs myself over a decade ago, I remember the impact the courses had on my life at that time, and how Precollege ultimately set a course for my educational and professional career.  Precollege provided both a creative outlet as well as insights into the fashion and related industries.  I ultimately attended FIT for college.  The class I teach, Fashionable Affairs, meets in the same classroom where I attended Precollege as a 16 year old, and my Precollege instructor, now a colleague, teaches a class across the hall.  The transition from student to instructor has been a surreal experience, but is characteristically unique to the FIT experience.

Industry Experience:
Executive Creative Director at Great Performances

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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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Instructor Spotlight – Tara St James

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Tara St James is is an Adjunct Instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the owner and head designer for the sustainable fashion label Study – New York. She was born and raised in Canada where she studied menswear tailoring.

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. St James teaches this awesome class:
JSX 050: The Fashion Cycle
This class will teach you the steps need to make your ‘FASHION RUNWAY’ dreams a reality. Learn how your designs travels through the fashion design process; how to translate inspiration into sketches and mood/design boards; why one fabric is better than another; what happens in the pattern room; how the factory works; what it takes to produce a runway show; and finally, how your designs end up in a store! After this class you will know how a real designer puts a line together and have a road map for your future.

Teaching Philosophy: 
My teaching style combines a hands-on atmosphere where students are exposed to current industry techniques and innovations in textiles and finishes as well visits to museums for exposure to present day and historical inspiration. I like to create an environment conducive to sharing ideas and thoughts, allowing the students to learn from one another.  I infuse sustainable thinking in all my courses as it is engrained in my business and lifestyle.

On Precollege Programs:
Teaching the Precollege programs allows me to introduce a new generation to the fashion industry I know and love.  I am continually impressed by the students’ motivation to learn and create above and beyond their current middle / highschool workload.  Their enthusiasm motivates me to share as much as I can so the students have a realist understanding of all this industry can offer them in the future.

Industry Experience:

  • Owner, creative director for Study NY, casual ethical contemporary womenswear made in New York City
  • Designer of womens jeans for Brooklyn Denim Co
  • Launched Covet, mens & womens casual streetwear
  • Designed for Parasuco, Dex, Azzure and Spiewak

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