Introducing Precollege Blogger: Chloe

Hello! I’m Chloe Abidi. I’m 16 years old and a sophomore at Ridgewood High School – Ridgewood is a NYC suburb in North Jersey that I moved to three years ago. My interests include modeling, the visual arts (more specifically photography and traditional mediums, like oil paint and graphite), the fashion industry, writing and traveling.

This is my first semester at FIT’s Precollege Programs and I am taking HPH 168 55A Introduction to Traditional Darkroom & Digital Photography. Photography is something that has become more and more prevalent in my life over the years. Growing up in a world of constantly evolving technology, I have seen photography grow into something that, quite literally, sits in the palm of everyone’s hands on a daily basis with the introduction of smartphones. For me, it seemed like a natural direction to move into.

The visual arts have always been a huge part of my life. I have a passion for all of the arts and find my own personal liberation within them. In addition to this, fashion modeling has entered my life as I’ve gotten older, and I’ve developed a love for it and the entire fashion industry on top of the visual arts. Photography is the perfect combination of those two things, and it is what I hope to pursue a career in.

~ Chloe Abidi

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Isabella

My name is Isabella Basile. I am from the garden state of New Jersey. I attend Marlboro High School. During the past three years in high school I’ve been taking fashion classes and next year I will be in a honors fashion class. I am taking my first FIT Precollege course this spring, which has been my dream college since elementary school. I am enrolled in, HAR 016 55A Creating a Fashion Figure. This July I will be attending more courses.

My passions are diverse. I love to design clothes and I get my inspirations from my travels. I like to make my designs a reality by sewing. Every time I’m at a destination I get inspired by the culture, people, and landscape. Whether it be from a tropical beach, magical city or seeing the land below me as I fly above the mountains. This all plays a major role in my vision.

I have a blog that I started last year. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been posted on many social media accounts. This is very exciting to me because it gets my name out for people to see who I am and what I am about. I’ve also been personally invited, for the first time to attend #NYFW2018 by designer Mac Duggal. It was so much fun! I loved every minute of it!! This experience made me more determined to have my own line to show the world. This past summer, while in Greece I had a photoshoot on top of the Grecian white buildings with blue domes. The dresses I wore were incredible and had a train that was about 20 feet long and flowed in the wind. These pictures captivated my followers and I grew a larger following with people from around the world. A company called, Buena Vita asked me to sponsor them because they found my blog on Instagram. This company sells bracelets to help make the oceans a cleaner and healthier environment for sea life.

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m truly a mermaid on the inside. I absolutely love the tropics!! One day, I will see girls wearing my designs on the beach. Whether it be a bathing suit, cover-up, beach bag or sandals, this is my dream. Aside from sewing, my daily routine consists of working out. I kickbox, cheer competitively and attend the gym. I also love to surf. I usually surf with my sister it is one of our favorite things to do together. I’m excited to blog for FIT as I can share my experiences here. As I learn, I can progress, as I progress, I can achieve!! My goal is to be accepted into FIT!!!

I am so eager to learn and I will work hard to have a brand one day!!

-Xo Bell

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Cindy

Hi, my name is Cindy Beal! I am a sophomore at Westfield High School. I am 15 years old and love art and sports. I have signed up for the Precollege course: HPH 168 Introduction to Traditional Darkroom and Digital Photography! I love photography. I took a class in Toronto one summer and learned so much, ever since that class I really got into photography.

My town holds a photography contest every year. I entered one year and won 2 awards, second and first place. I have also done darkroom at my sleepaway camp, I absolutely loved it. It gave me a vibe that photography is my thing. I thought it was so cool to compare digital photography to darkroom photography. This is what made me choose this course for this semester. Photography is not my only passion, I also love videography, creating montages and vlogs. I started a YouTube channel with my good friend Maggie, together we film vlogs and do challenges. Our channel is called “Somewhatsisters.” We got this idea because we spend so much time together that we feel somewhat like sisters. So we decided, why not name our channel “Somewhatsisters.”

Maggie and I want to make content like Katie Defo, Katie Defo is a USC lacrosse player. Katie’s vlogs focus around her campus and she includes lots of lacrosse montages. We want our videos to be like hers because they are amazing. Maggie and I also love Casey Neistat who is also a vlogger. Casey Neistat’s content is very inspirational. I love taking and editing videos.

I edit my videos on Filmora. Filmora is a great editing software for beginners and you can also use it to edit pictures. The camera that I use for videos and photography is the Canon Rebel T5. This is a great camera to use for both. Taking photos and making videos make me happy. Photos and videos are a great way to share with friends and family so they can see all the work I have done.

Besides photography and videography I love interior design. I took an Interior Design class here at FIT. I honestly did not know if I was going to enjoy the class but I ended up loving it. I learned so much! I did not realize how much you really need to know for Interior Design. Making floor plans was fun. I got to set a vibe on what I wanted my room to look like. Obviously, I still have a lot to learn but just from a beginners class I feel like I know what I’m doing. I love sharing and showing my artwork with my friends and family.

I also take art classes in my town and at school. At school I take ceramics which is so much fun. Ceramics is so relaxing and it’s one great way to learn art. I also take an art class outside of school where I learn how to draw still lifes and portraits. As you can see I love art but I also love sports. I am on a gymnastics team. Gymnastics is one of my passions. This is a little bit about me and what my passions are. I look forward to sharing my experiences in my FIT class. See you in a flash.

~Cindy Beal

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Andres

Greetings, my name is Andres Lucio, I personally prefer to be called, by my first name, although many people do refer to me by my last name. I’m 16 years old, I have a variety of interests, mainly art, I enjoy painting (just art in general), writing, debating, politics, reading, in that order. This semester I’m taking the course HGD 174 2-D Animation Using Photoshop. I am self-taught, most of my art progress was done single-handedly. I moved to the USA 2 years ago. My native language is spanish but I have been learning English since I was 5 years old and got to speak English more fluid in the last couple of years. I know basic sign, as in American sign language, and I enjoy learning new languages and cultures. I’m quite an introvert, while I enjoy the company of people, I don’t like going out a lot. My main place of comfort is my own house. One of the reasons why I think the program is going to be interesting is because it will allow me to go out more. I enjoy the city, it is in my top 10 favorite places in the world. I don’t think it will be as challenging to explore the city I love while being remaining an introvert during the Precollege Program. I’m am also pretty forgetful, which is one of my defective evolutionary traits aside from being kind of lazy, and a stubborn individual but when I work on something I am passionate about, my resolve increases a lot. I enjoy a lot of shows and media (current personal favorite being a webcomic called Homestuck).

My interest in art has always been prevalent in my life, even when I was a little kid as young as 5, I always enjoyed drawing my own artwork in the blank part of the page instead of coloring. I didn’t really see art as a career until later in life. My family pushed me towards something that was related to drawing like architecture but it just wasn’t the same. I discovered that I was enticed by animation, I enjoy writing and those two activities are fused into one in storyboarding which I hope to learn more about in this course. I’m slightly better at illustrating than writing. I found animation pretty mesmerizing, moving drawings were the coolest thing ever to me when I was a little kid. I found out about the Precollege course through my sister, who is a big inspiration to me. She applied for FIT once, which also attracted me to the college, she is also an artist, and I currently live with her, she is like a second mom. I want to learn how to animate and make stories because I want to inspire more kids with this medium the same way it inspired me to become an artist. Animation is the type of media that really allows for creative freedom because you can truly express yourself and your ideas, it’s just amazing.

-Andrés Lucio Aragundi

Final Week of the Business and Art of Cosmetics Course

We can find inspiration in just about anything.  A rose petal, inspired us to create a face tonic.  A braid inspired us to research the history of hair styles. Romantic dresses floating in the spring breeze inspired us as we analyzed perfumes. Being in the Art and Business of Cosmetics course for three weeks inspired and educated us to understand how it all begins and how it all ends in a final product ready for the consumer.

Breaking down a scent into the three levels of notes was fascinating.  I will never take a scent for granted again!  Can a scent be both freeing and mature, breezy and feminine? It certainly can.  My partner and I created an inspiration board for a perfume called Spring Breeze.

The highlight this week was our class field trip to Bluemercury. The owners graciously opened their store for us early so that we could get a sense of their marketing approach and the products that they sell.

Here are some of the products Bluemercury sells and that the owners so generously gave us as gifts.

I had to put the creative side of my brain on hold for a bit as I listened intently to their story of how Bluemercury started.  A tremendous amount of time and hard work is required to start a cosmetics business.  There is so much to learn.

My wonderful FIT experience has come to an end.  My days at FIT went by so quickly that I cannot believe it is almost August.  Every day was enlightening and educational.  The students in my class were delightful and I look forward to staying in touch with them.

– Sasha Worenklein