What Inspires Me

         Hello readers! This week I would like to talk about where I find inspiration. My passions are not purely creative, so what inspires me to work and pursue my dreams might be different from artists or creative writers, so I thought I would share. One of the most inspiring things for me personally is learning and witnessing others find success in doing what they are most passionate about. For example, in class this past Saturday, my classmates and I presented our history of fashion projects. We each had to study a decade of fashion and teach the class all about our chosen time period. It was really cool to see these people who are becoming my friends talk about fashion because all of us are so interested in the industry and have fallen in love with it. Coming to FIT inspires me to work in fashion because I get to be with people who share the same goals as myself in addition to learning about topics of interest. Who knew that learning about things like color theory could be somewhat fun and motivating?

         Inspiration to live my life to the fullest in every aspect comes from many different places. However, I have found that surrounding myself with people who have interests and set goals for themselves is the most inspiring because you’re moving at the same pace as them. If you make friends that don’t have any interest in finding their purpose in life, it’s easy to lose focus of your passions because you’ll end up with no one to cheer you on. I’m really lucky to have friends like this and I appreciate them very much. Experiencing life with people that you love is truly one of the best things.

My friend Julia and I in Central Park!

My friend Julia and I in Central Park!

           So I don’t get too emotional, I wanted to end this post on a lighter note and talk about finding inspiration for what I wear. Style inspiration is probably one of the most interesting topics to talk about because an outfit can be inspired by anything! I love looking at what other people are wearing to get inspiration. New York is perfect for people watching and I often see the most interesting ensembles. Recently, I’ve seen unique ways of layering that I’m definitely going to try out. I also find inspiration from people on social media and my favorite celebrities/artists/people. Lately I’ve been finding the best inspiration from past decades and from movie characters. A few of my current style icons are…

  • Liv Tyler as Corey Mason in Empire Records (1995)
  • Alexa Chung
  • Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000)

So, where do you find inspiration for your life and/or your outfits? I would love to know, so feel free to comment! Have a great week!

Thanks for reading,

Kenzie Davis

Sensational Sights & Surprises!

Hello everyone and Happy November!

Something I find great at FIT is the fact there’e always something happening. Whether it be a Portfolio Day, Admissions tours, or visiting the Style Shop; there really is always a way to get involved!

For instance on Saturday (Halloween!! Hope you all got loads of candy!), I arrived to the school and was surprised by this quirky mural! An FIT alum, Angel Garcia, was invited to kick off #chalkfit with his colorful and eyecatching street art!

"Innovation" -Mural done by FIT alum, Angel Garcia

“Innovation” – Mural done by FIT alum, Angel Garcia

Mural on the Pomerantz building

“Innovation” – Mural done by FIT alum, Angel Garcia

 

All week, FIT Illustration students will be able to share their art by creating beautiful murals of their own that will be plastered all over the Pomerantz building.

I don’t know about you, but I’m eagerly anticipating arriving at FIT on Saturday to see all the murals created/in the process of creation! I remember this time last year I saw all the murals online so being able to see them for myself is going to be so awesome!

Remember to keep your eyes peeled for these talented students creations and take pictures!

 

Another unexpected surprise this week was my Professor taking my class over to the exhibit, Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, for inspiration when working on our magazines.

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibit presents almost 100 detailed and extravagant ensembles that are a must see for any student. It’s eye catching and mesmerizing, the amount of detail and thought process that must have gone into each and every garment is fascinating. If I could sit and analyze each piece all day trust me, I would!

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

If you can, try to stop by while you’re at the school! The Museum at FIT is located directly across from the Pomerantz building and the exhibit is open until the 5th of December.

FIT is always bubbling with activities and who knows, maybe you’ll be surprised like I was along the way!

Thank you all for reading and have a great day!

-Emily Kelly

 

Critiques

It’s incredible to think we’re nearing the home stretch of this FIT experience. It feels like not even a few days ago I was walking into orientation, wide eyed and ready to learn. Being at FIT has definitely broadened my horizons and taught me far beyond what I expected. Many of our lessons I’ve already been familiar with (I have a bit of experience in most of the Adobe suite, so all the introductions to the programs and basic lessons I had already knew) but the one thing I’ve been exposed to that I could never been on my own has been the class critiques. And let me tell you, I’m in love.

A critique is just about exactly what it sounds like, you take you work, present it in front of the class, and they tell you what they like/dislike, what you should add/remove, and/or any bit of advice or insight to further improve your work. I know, sounds daunting, but getting the opinions from others is one of the best possible things you can do for your work. Or at least, it’s one of the best I can do for mine.

After looking at the design for so long, I definitely can begin to get a little numb to it. It’s like when you get used to a smell because it’s been there so long, or when a song just becomes background noise since you’ve heard it so many times. Having a fresh set eyes look at it helps me notice some faults I didn’t realize was there, or realize my direction. Think back to the old writing exercise, which is to read your piece backwards in order to make sure it makes sense, since you’ve read it forward so many times and might just skip over the mistakes.

Not only are critiques great for your own artwork, but they’re also a great place to be heard and really show your knowledge. There’s always the fear that if you just go up to someone and tell them all the things you think could be improved you’d come off as rude, pretentious, and/or other negative descriptions. Critiques provide an open environment to let people know what you really feel, and give you the opportunity to talk about what you love. It’s a win win! In the end, critiques break the ice. At the beginning of my class, no one would really say anything regarding other people’s work. However, after participating in our first critique, it’s rare someone doesn’t make a comment as they’re walking about the room. Do critiques sound as daunting as they did in the beginning?

Have you participated in a critique, and if so, what’s your favorite/less favorite part? If you haven’t, what’s one thing you’ve learnt in your class that you couldn’t have learnt anywhere else?

As always,

Izzy

Getting Inspired

Every designer knows how frustrating it is to have a mental block. As potential FIT students, we all have a desire to create. However, sometimes we don’t know how to go about starting a project, or we can’t quite duplicate the image in our heads. I want to give you some advice on how to get inspired!

In my Magazine Design Precollege course, my inspiration comes from talking to other people in the class, as well as looking at already-published magazines. During the first few classes, I was having a lot of trouble designing my cover. I couldn’t quite make it match my color scheme, while also having it look like a magazine you might see in a store. However, I spent some time looking through Teen Vogue, Glamour, and Seventeen, and I brought a few of the pages into class. Using them as a guide, I was able to create a design that was original, but also fit the “personality” of my magazine.

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Basically, what I’m saying is, it’s okay to get inspiration from other people. It doesn’t make your work any less creative (as long as you aren’t copying, obviously).  Looking through other work can trigger your own original thoughts. You may like a certain style or trend, and you can alter it or add your own twist. Just don’t get frustrated – your innovative idea will come soon!

– Marisa

Specific Portfolio Requirements

Apart from the pieces that I freely get to chose to include in my portfolio are some required pieces. For example, a 3D model of a room or 6 steps to teach someone how to do something. One of the required pieces that I’ve recently been struggling with is designing my self portrait. Not only is this mandatory for the class I am taking, but it is also something I feel that every artist should have. It’s not like I’ve never done a self portrait before, but when I have, it’s been for middle school art class and had to be the most realistic representation of me. Now that I’m trying to make one to add to my portfolio, there aren’t any restrictions. In fact, the more creative the better!

My main problem has been either trying to narrow down the ideas I have so far, or to scratch all of them and find the one idea that I know is perfect. I don’t know if I’m making any sense, but I feel like once I think of the idea, there wont need to be any narrowing down because it will be the perfect idea.

The ideas I’ve thought of so far are:

  • a more abstract piece accentuating my hair
  • a retro comic bookish illustration
  • a comic book but not retro stylish, more realistic
  • me morphed with a cat since I am so totally a cat!
  • a more realistic representation

I honestly just have no clue.  I feel like I need to keep thinking and once I’ve got it and tried it out, I’ll know.

Then after that, comes what medium do I use:

  • (a) marker
  • (b) pencil
  • (c) computer
  • (e) collage/photographs
  • (d) none of the above?

I just need to find something that accurately represents ME and all the different sides of me, from my performing arts background, to my love for visual art, and pretty much just all art in general.

If anyone has struggled with this issue as well and has any advice for me, I’m gladly accepting via the comments box!

I promise to update once I have made some progress!

Until next time,

Mai