Introducing Precollege Blogger: Faith

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Hello FIT! My name is Faith Vogel, I am a high school sophomore born and raised in the suburbs of North Jersey. It takes about thirty minutes to drive into New York City from my home, not counting the two hours it usually takes me to figure out what I’m going to wear before leaving my house. I am very fortunate to have an amazing family that will drop everything to bring me into the city. Whether it be for a walk around central park, to pick up a treat from Magnolia’s Bakery, or to shop around SoHo until we can’t feel our legs. Often times I take the convenience of living so close for granted.

Compared to my home in Jersey, New York City is a whole other universe. Here I am surrounded by a community where everyone knows everyone’s business. When I venture into the city I am exposed to a fast paced urban jungle full of endless opportunities and millions of individuals. Being able to experience the cultural differences from both my mellow suburban town and the fast paced urban lifestyle of NYC has allowed me to view the world from multiple perspectives. If I would have grown up any further from the city I probably wouldn’t have been exposed it’s constant inspirational and influential society, and most importantly I wouldn’t have fallen in love with FIT. I still remember last spring when I was getting ready to sign up for my first Precollege class here at FIT and having such a hard time choosing between the variety of classes they offer. As I was looking at the list of classes I just kept scrolling back and forth wanting to take every single class. Finally after several hours of difficult eliminations, I came up with HFS 182 Developing an Eye for Styling, and let me tell you, best decision I ever made. I had an amazing professor and awesome classmates. When the program ended I couldn’t wait to sign up for my next class and now here I am eagerly waiting for my class of Fashion Forecasting.

I always had the dream to one day become the next Rachel Zoe, I grew up inspired by her style and love for fashion. I still remember coming home from school seeing my older sister watching the Rachel Zoe Project and I’d plop down next to her and watch for hours on end mesmerized by her job and lifestyle. Ever since then it has been my dream to become a celebrity stylist and a fashion icon, but recently I have decided to explore the world of fashion merchandising. With the help of my amazing marketing teacher at my school I have been exposed to marketing in fashion and I already want to learn more. So thankfully this time around I didn’t have such a hard time picking out my class. I went straight down the list, clicked on fashion forecasting and got out my mom’s credit card faster than when Adele announced her tour tickets, so hopefully this semester will be just a fab as the last! Thank you for reading my first blog, See you soon!

-Faith Isabelle

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Alivia

alivia-cooneyBorn and raised on Long Island, I have been blessed my whole life with an easy access to New York City, the ultimate hub of all things artistic and enterprising. Since my first visits to the city in my early youth, I always knew it was where I was meant to be. The never-ending action, the constant feeling of potential, the smell of sidewalk pretzels and cigarette ashes, and a Dunkin Donuts on every block- what’s not to love?

The main driving force behind my inherent need to be in the city stems from my innate sense of individualism and creativity. I’ve always viewed myself as an artist; from an early age, I have channeled this creative energy into performing in musical theater productions, writing (in every medium, from short stories, to blog posts, to plays, to essays and papers), and using fashion and makeup as a daily outlet to release this sacred energy. To a non-artist, it may sound a tad dramatic to use the word “sacred” in this sense; but for anyone who can relate to the daily, internal buzzing of waiting (not so patiently) to conquer creativity blocks and burst out into some sort of expression, there is no exaggeration in the slightest. As a matter of fact, when I go too long without channeling this energy into some sort of outlet, I experience pretty intense consequences; I have trouble focusing, I start to feel anxious and hopeless, and I sometimes even use destruction in a desperate attempt to make up for my lack of creation. I know many artists go through these same fluctuations of energy, so I feel it is important to surround myself with as many like-minded artists and individuals as possible. It is so important to learn as much as we can from each other, not only in terms of inspiration, but even more so in terms of channeling this inspiration once the seed has been planted. The future of innovation lies in this idea.

In my life, I try to apply this philosophy to all my creative endeavors. Surprisingly, it’s not always my creativity that motivates me; I often begin new creative projects with like-minded artists simply because I am so inspired by the energy I experience in the collaboration aspect of it. For example, my friend Jenna is an aspiring photojournalist. Whenever she has an idea for a new photoshoot, I am the first person she reaches out to because she values my talent and passion for styling and modeling. We both gain great unique insight from each photoshoot we do together because we truly respect and value each other as artistic individuals. Because of this mutually beneficial artistic relationship, we feel greatly renewed after each of our projects are completed because we thrive off of the energy being rallied. It is a truly cathartic experience.

I am so excited to be apart of the Precollege Program at FIT (attending the class HFM 065 55A Product Development: Creativity and Business) this fall because FIT is a school founded off of these same ideas that I hold so dear. Surrounded by a community of like-minded artists and innovators from all walks of life, it is no wonder that FIT students have a reputation for taking the fashion and art world by storm. Personally, I cannot wait to experience the same exhilarating creative interactions with the students at FIT that I experience in my neighborhood with my friend Jenna. I plan to take what I learn from both the class and my fellow students at the Precollege Program to further expand my creative stamina and increase my creative output. I want to completely eliminate the dreaded “block” phase of the creative cycle, and center my life completely around emitting an endless stream of artistry into the universe, letting each project and medium I achieve this through be equally joyous and fulfilling for both artist and consumer.


The Blue Rainbow

Well, here’s my last blog of the season, *sigh,* it went by so quickly, a reminder to me that life goes pretty darn fast and you shouldn’t take ANYTHING for granted. Enjoy every second of it. 

Before class, I was sitting outside near the Haft Auditorium entrance in the metal high chairs and tables. I felt a little sad knowing it was my last class, but when I looked across the way, I saw something that caught my attention. There was a blue arch that formed part of the design of the outside of the building, and it looked like a “rainbow” hovering over the entrance. The blue of the “rainbow” matched my mood at that moment, but it also inspired me and seemed to say, “Miranda! Get it together! It won’t be the last time you’ll be at FIT!” (Ooh… foreshadowing, perhaps?)


To wrap things up, we’ve been drawing the face – here’s my last homework assignment for FIT:


It looked more like me at the time.

Of course, we also did some drawings (um, it’s a drawing class), but the best part of it for me was the critique. A critique is where everyone lays out three to five pieces of their best artwork and the class walks around and gives constructive criticism. So that means people say “I think you did this really well, but I think you could have incorporated more of that,” or “I like this technique you used, but it could use more ____,” and so on. This process always intrigues me because it lets me have a chance to look at art through someone else’s eyes. It always makes me feel better about the world to see other young people who have an interest in something and are committed to learning more about it.



Quick two minute pose.

Thank you all for taking the time out of your day to read my blog posts. I hope you enjoyed reading about my new experiences as much as I enjoyed writing about them. It’s official – I completed my first precollege drawing class. Stay tuned – I hope to write more blogs in the fall when I take another FIT class!


Until next time,


All Good Things Must Come To An End…(Until next semester)

Hey Precollegers!

Sadly, this will be my last blog post for the semester :(. Today I’m going to focus on my final project and portfolio review! For my photography class last week we had to submit our portfolios with 5 darkroom images, 4 aperture, 4 studio, and 5 images for our final on the theme of our choice. We had to submit prints of these in our portfolios, and also as .jpegs on a flashdrive as well.  My favorite images were definitely my studio shots and my final. This week, we got our portfolios back, and had to hang and display our finals on the walls around the classroom. We then spent the class each presenting our final, talking about our technique, theme, message we wanted to convey, style, lighting, and any other side notes or specifications. It was very cool to see everyone’s work because throughout the past 11(ish) weeks, we have all worked together, yet we really haven’t seen anyone’s images, unless you got to glance at their prints in the darkroom. It was exciting to see how everyone’s subject matter and styles varied, and I was blown away by how talented some of my classmates are! I have definitely grasped onto some inspiration after watching everyone present their finals. The concept of my final was to focus on the the pains that humans (specifically women) go through in order to be deemed acceptable and beautiful by society. This isn’t the most unique concept, but I believe that my way of approaching the subject was creative. Instead of using mirrors, makeup, and measuring tapes, I used glitter. Silver glitter. Silver glitter masking my model’s face in a public coffee shop and in a bathtub. She was not wearing any makeup or had anything done to her hair in order to not distract my audience from anything but the glitter. I chose glitter because it is a texture that catches people’s’ eyes, and glitter is a pretty thing. I wanted a pretty thing to represent an ugly subject. On the surface, glitter is beautiful and glamorous, but in reality, the glitter was making my model uncomfortable and even unhappy at times from how long she had to be plastered with it. In the 2 images of her in public, she looks uncomfortable and upset–even though in these images she is stereotypically the ‘most’ beautiful. She averts eye contact with the camera, either looking down or to the side, showing the  humiliation and insecurities that she possesses as she feels vulnerable, even though she is the most covered in these images. My next 2 are of my model in a bathtub in only lingerie, removing the glitter from her face and rinsing off in the shower. In my third image, she is making direct eye contact with the camera, defying her insecurities and finally taking hold of herself and taking charge of her body and beauty. I loved the colors and lighting in these two images, and someone in my class even commented that the one of her in the shower looks like a movie still (a huge compliment to me!). My last image is of my model in a glass room, still in her lingerie, but with her glitter cleaned and her face bare. She is at her most vulnerable state here–half naked in a room with a towel on her head and no glitter mask to hide her flaws and face. But if you look at her body language and facial expression, it is clear to see that she is her most comfortable here. Although her eyes are closed and she can’t make eye contact with the camera, I wanted her eyes closed to show that she is finally in touch with herself, alone in her head and in her body, and comfortable. At the end of the day, we as humans, expose ourselves and our flaws, and we need to learn to accept ourselves. Even without glitter on her face, my model is still beautiful, even more so than with the mask. True comfort should be seeked from within ourselves, and we cannot rely on outside factors to help radiate our internal beauty to our outside.

Overall I am extremely satisfied with my final, and I received nothing but good vibes and comments from my classmates and professor. Looking at my portfolio, it is amazing to see how much my art and technique have changed and improved in under three months. I am so grateful for my experience in this Precollege FIT course, and I am already looking forward to next semester.

Have a wonderful summer, and I hope to write again soon!


My final exhibition in my classroom

My final exhibition in my classroom

Final 1

Final 1

Final 2

Final 2

Final 3

Final 3

Final 4

Final 4

Final 5

Final 5


Hey! That wasn’t supposed to change!


“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”
-Benjamin Disraeli (British writer and politician)

I think this quote is legit; it relates to my experiences at FIT so far on many levels. But, before I talk about what has changed, I’d like to share a homework assignment from my class, Life Drawing for Middle School, that I’m proud of with you guys.

First homework assignment.

First homework assignment.

I had to copy this work from a famous artist. It was a master drawing, which is a drawing that is so accurate and complete that the artist barely had to have a model in front of them. Copying objects has always been one of my strengths in art and something I’ve always enjoyed doing. Stay tuned for more drawings to come!

Anyways, I’ve been drawing for quite some time now. I have realized that what really matters is how well you can draw from imagination and not how well you can copy a picture. Well, too bad for me since I sometimes have trouble drawing a human being that has 206 bones and 640 muscles. Yeah, it’s daunting. Speaking about daunting, my teacher Demetrio Belenky, is always telling us that the human body is never concave, but always convex. This means that the organs and bones, etc. inside of you are always pushing out, not caving in. In addition, he says that the human body is the most complex thing for artists to draw. Wow, thanks for building my confidence.

Okay, I’m not trying to be a negative Nancy here, but I’m just very grateful that FIT is helping me develop my skills in imaginative sketching. Visualizing what I want to draw isn’t my problem, nor is thinking or looking like an artist. It’s actually getting what I see down onto the paper, and so far, I can definitely see some improvement. So, I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone (which is a good thing when it comes to creative work) for a change. Instead of copying mostly 2-D figures, I’m now drawing more complicated and realistic 3-D figures. It’s difficult, but boy is it worth it.

I could go on about my challenges with drawing from imagination, but I think you’d rather see some of my artwork.



Measuring the body for correct proportion.

This was a long pose - 20 minutes.

Long pose – 20 minutes.





Well, see you guys next time, as I continue to change on this fantastic journey!!