Instructor Spotlight: Margaret Bishop

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As a textile engineer, Prof. Bishop launched my career in textile manufacturing in the United States. Wanting to work overseas, she joined Peace Corps and served two years in West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, consulting to local businesses on product and business development. Following her Peace Corps service, Prof. Bishop began consulting worldwide to  apparel and textile brands and manufacturers all over the world, working with village artisans and large factories producing garments and accessories for the US, European, Russian, and Japanese markets. In 2010 she moved to New York City, began teaching at FIT, and earned a Master’s degree in Global Fashion Management at FIT. She continues both teaching and consulting worldwide.

Prof. Bishop teaches:

Teaching Philosophy:
Every student brings a unique set of experiences, interests, and perspective to this class, with the potential to enrich the learning environment for everyone. I really like an interactive class, where students participate actively in class discussions, small group projects, and other class activities; and I work hard to ensure each and every student feels welcome and important in my class.

On Precollege Programs:
There’s no better way to get a taste of the college academic experience, build new knowledge and skills, make new friends, and exchange ideas with students from many different backgrounds, than FIT’s Precollege programs. Come. Learn. Enjoy.

Industry Experience:
As an Instructor at FIT, I have been teaching for credit courses, executive seminar courses, and Precollege courses for six years. As an industry consultant, I have been helping brands, factories, and artisans in more than 50 countries around the world to build stronger, more competitive businesses in the global textile and apparel industry. Most recently I have been consulting to jeans manufacturers in Serbia, feltmakers in Kyrgyzstan, and in April, I taught Global Apparel Sourcing to a group of university students in China.


Instructor Spotlight: Dennis Lee

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Dennis Lee is an artist, design director, stylist, and the President of Tyler Hall, a wallcovering/fabric company that sells products internationally and domestically for almost 20 years. His art/design studio, Dennis Lee Inc. creates residential/contract fabrics, wallcoverings, carpets, and apparel prints and accessories. Professor Dennis Lee teaches in both the Textile/Surface Design majors and the Fabric Styling majors and is a graduate of FIT in Interior Design and SUNY Empire with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Decorative Arts.

Professor Lee teaches: HFS182 Develop an Eye for Styling

Teaching Philosophy: I’ve always believed if you have been given the “artistic gene” then it is essential to yourself and your world that you create and cultivate that gift as much as possible. That’s why FIT has been a sanctuary for many of us as students and professors. The decorative arts, fashion, architecture, and fine arts have been one of the cornerstones of our culture since civilizations began. I impress upon my students the importance of design and how it makes us who we are.  Many creative skills can be developed with the guidance of dedicated professors and a continuous pursuit. I believe highly in exploring the artistic process for that’s when the best results are achieved.

On Precollege Programs: FIT’s precollege programs have been one of the highlights of my teaching career.  I’m so happy to be teaching my Bachelor Degree Textile/Fabric styling courses and see students who had gone through the precollege programs, planned and acquired their associates and then see them in my classes. Yes, they are usually the best students!  It’s amazing to get the training and exposure in the high school years from the FIT faculty because you develop your skillset as well as your confidence early on.


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The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

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Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

Clients include Interior Designers and Design Companies:
French luxury House; Pierre Frey, Boussac and Braquenie, Vervain/Fabricut, Sherle Wagner, Dorothy Draper, Carleton V, and interior designers, Matthew Patrick Smythe, Victoria Hagen, and Bunny Williams.

“The 15th Pines Biennial Art Show”

NY Fire Island Arts Project, juried art show, Fire Island Pines, August 2015

“Home  Is Where The  Heart Is”  American Heart Association Designer Show Houses-Tyler Hall’s wallpapers showcased in these historic manor houses along with Designers NoliHahn. . April 2015 and Dec. 2013

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“At First Sight” Tyler Hall’s Sanctuary wallcovering graces the walls of this serene children’s nursery. Feb.2016

House Beautiful
“Fancy Free” Designer Elizabeth Pyne creates a NYC apt with Tyler Hall’s Follies, wallpaper. July/August 2015

World of Interiors
Roll Models” A selection of geometrically themed wallpapers featuring Encore by Tyler Hall. April 2015

Wall Wow” Cover photograph of Newsday LI Home, NY Now. Wallpaper Renaissance highlighting Tyler Hall’s Casa Di Whitney, Teahouse, and Follies. Romantic patterns in modern houses. April 2015 cover page

Architectural Digest
“True to the Past” Matthew Patrick Smyth designs 20th century Hamptons house featuring Tyler Hall’s Bloomsbury wallpaper. August 2014

Connecticut Cottages and Homes
Posh Wallpapers in Posh Hues” wallpapers from Tyler Hall’s; Fjord, Glacier. April 2014 cover photo

Instructor Spotlight: Daniel Villella

Prof. Dan Villella has been teaching in the Precollege program since 2015. He is an alumni of the BFA Interior Design program at FIT, and a Vice-President of the International Interior Design Association.
Professor Villella teaches:
Teaching Philosophy: I tell my students to be themselves, and encourage them to explore that as designers. What makes interior design so great is variety, and your unique perspective is something no one else can replicate. While we learn and refine new technical skills, we build up the student’s design sensibilities. I try to bring a creative element to even to technical lessons so they can make it their own.
On Precollege Programs: Many students come to us with no design background at all, and I guide them to be in touch with their creative skills. Helping them find their own process and teaching them how to apply that in new situations can be a challenge, but is the most rewarding thing I do. Creating a flexible designer is the key to their success.
Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:  Prof. Villella works for many major institutions, including Columbia University, NYU Langone Medical Centers, Queens Public Library, and New York Presbyterian Hospitals. He also also done work for Northwell Health, formerly NorthShore-LIJ, the Veteran’s Administration, and Health and Hospitals Corporation of NYC.
NY Vice Pres. of Advocacy
NY Board of Directors
Healthcare Forum Member
Professional Member
Board of Directors
IIDA Member Representative
NCIDQ Certificate #029111, 09/2012
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Instructor Spotlight: Barb Salzman

Barb Salzman knows inspiration can be found almost anywhere. Although, she was too young to know it she found her inspiration in a nest, next to her childhood home. Year after year she’d watch in awe, as life would miraculously hatch and later become the inspiration for her design company, Hatch Creative Studio as well as her former event space, Nest Event Loft and an eclectic prop rental company called Hatch Prop Shop.
Barb’s philosophy of design follows suit with her company name, Hatch. Authentic ideas that create inspiration and excitement for her clients and all those that get to experience her whimsical, thoughtful sense of style and laid back elegance.
After graduating with a BA from the University of Vermont, Barb went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from FIDM, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco with a  degree in Visual Merchandising.

Prior to opening her own event design company, Barb had the wonderful experience of being a Visual Manager and on the store opening team at Anthropologie as well as a ghost designer for HGTV’s “Whats Your Sign Design”.

FUN FACT: Barb has a love for animals  and currently lives with 2 dogs and a frog. She is on the board and serves as operations manager and event producer for a non profit called Funny For Fido that produces an annual comedy night where comics “stand-up for homeless animals.”
Past comedians were Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Judah Friedlander and many more hilarious artists.
Prof. Salzman’s website:
Professor Salzman teaches:
HSX067 Fashionable Affairs: Events Made Easy
Teaching Philosophy:
Experience is always the best method for learning and this very hands on event design and planning class will leave students passionate about the world of events.  I have no doubt my students will never look at a table the same way again.

On Precollege Programs:

I’m excited about the chance to teach future designers about a unique way to be creative through event design and planning.  Sometimes it’s all about understanding possibilities and realizing that careers can be built from many talents.

InNadia_Eli-503dustry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

Founder and Creator Director of Hatch Creative Studio, Barb Salzman and her team have inspired the limits of traditional event design and marketing for the past 10 years.Named one of The Knot’s Top 10 Most Inspiring People (2013)

Voted best Floral Designer 2011-2014 by The Knot and published in numerous publications such as In Style, NY Magazine, The Knot, Brides Magazine, Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty and Biz Bash.

Hatch Creative Studio has left its mark on events such as:

The Samsung House
Creative Time Gala
Target Feed Launch
Super Bowl Media Event
The Brooklyn Half Marathon Pre-Party
The Office Depot Booth at The X Games
Prof. Salzman also orchestrated the Guinness World Record Award for The Worlds Longest Picnic Table for Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
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Instructor Highlights: Anthony Capparelli

FIT’s instructors aren’t just a hit in the classroom, they also have projects of their own. Anthony Capparelli, is an FIT Adjunct Associate Professor in the Illustration Department. His exhibit, titled The Art of Sport, is a collection of paintings, oils, watercolors, and charcoals, with subjects ranging from The Garden itself, to many of the sports stars that  impacted the passionate and fiery sports world of New York City. The former Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter, as well as current New York Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist make appearances. Below is a video of Professor Capparelli, discussing his art and the exhibit. His work is on display at Gallery FIT.

Museum hours: Tuesday–Friday, noon–8 pm; Saturday, 10 am–5 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and legal holidays.







Check out the Precollege class taught by Prof. Capparelli: HIL 163 Human Anatomy