How am I Supposed to Say Goodbye?

Another semester over.  Another twelve weeks of projects complete.  Another three months of new information, new ideas, and new lessons to be learned.  New friends to be made and new places to discover. This past semester was definitely one of my favorites so far, ranking up there with the first one I took, draping, and the Level Two drawing class last fall.

We were a big happy family, and a supportive one at that. The first week was full of nervous introductions, excitement over both the amazing spinny chairs, and awe of the bubbly professor we had.  The second week had some solidly forming friendships and a more comfortable atmosphere.  People were helping each other with the projects and sharing magazines, and everyone was starting to relax and have fun. Up until the hurricane, everything was great.  Afterwards, everyone was so supportive, sympathetic, and sensitive. They were there for me when I almost cried about my chickens and listened when I needed to talk about what happened.

In the weeks that followed, FIT became even more of a safe haven for me. It became the place where I could get away from all the crazy happenings in Rockaway and the close quarters of my grandma’s house in Brooklyn. The girls in my class laughed and joked our troubles away, even if only for the few hours we had there per week.

We discovered our strengths, weaknesses, and talents beyond what anyone expected. Some people discovered hidden reserves of sewing talent just in time for their entrance portfolios, and others improved their drawings in leaps and bounds.

Personally, over the course of this class I discovered I can do anything. That there is more in me than I thought I knew.  In the end, what is important will always work out. My drawings improved dramatically and I discovered a love for paper couture.  I also made some friends who will last a long time.

So to everyone in my class, thank you. Thanks for dragging yourselves out of bed early each Saturday morning, to catch that bus or train for that ride you hate, and for taking the time each morning to dress up. Thank you to Professor Uvenio, who took the time to show me tiny little tricks with drawing that made everything so much better and for listening to my story the week after the storm.  Thank you to everyone in the office for doing everything with the clothes and toys, and specifically to Ms. Nagel for telling me to work on my faces over the summer. I can’t wait for the spring semester!

Coming To A Close

As cliche at as it may sound, the last day was filled with a lot of bitter sweet memories. It was nice to know that I have my Sunday morning’s back, but knowing that group of people will never be together again kind of tore my heart to shreds. The day was mostly spent drawing. I actually made something I’m really proud of and enjoyed having a chill day to relax and just talk. Of course we got work done, there was a lot of scanning, saving and most importantly cramming. The most gratifying experience was receiving the diploma. I feel so accomplished and grateful for the experience.

At the end of class we were asked to write our three favorite things, least favorite things, and something we wished we had learned. What I have taken out of this experience and what was my favorite thing was the insight to what a school would want in a portfolio. Being able to talk to someone in the department and have them show you examples is, as I’m sure I’ve said in a previous post, priceless. I now know exactly what is necessary to include and I feel confident that I have the skills to pull it off. The only thing that is not on my side is time.

At the end after we cleaned up, we took a group picture (with self timer of course)

How adorable are we?

 

(I’m the one in the striped sweater who looks like she jumped into the photo at the last minute (because I did))

Not only is FIT over, but my time here on this blog is over :( It was such a learning experience and gave me a new perspective on the class. I was constantly thinking. “Wow I should blog about this,” each time we would do something. It’s sad to leave, but it was fun while it lasted.

Thank you to all of my readers!

Mai

It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning

Summer Live 2012 may be over, but I’m still in the student groove. Right after classes ended I left for Long Beach Island, and though the shore was super relaxing, I’m already craving the exciting, ambitious atmosphere of FIT. As I enter my senior year of high school, college applications are on my mind. I’m more confident after taking magazine design this summer that I’d like to work towards a career in fashion journalism. Writing stories and working with graphics confirmed that the magazine world is the place for me. Now that I’m sure of what I want to do, the college process is a little easier. I hope to go to school for Art History and Journalism and intern along the way so that I can graduate college with all the tools I need to break into the industry.

a photo I took this summer outside the C building

Blogging for FIT has been so fun. I really benefitted from sharing my work and reflecting on my skills, and I hope other have benefitted from my experience as well! I wish I could say I’ll see you all next year, but unfortunately I’m a senior, so my Precollege journey has come to end. But who knows, in ten years I could be writing a story about one of the many talented friends I’ve made here! I’ve taken classes in fashion design, photography, and now magazine design, so I have a pretty diverse group of classmates that I’m sure I’ll be seeing again in the future.

That’s really what FIT has been for me; a chance to follow my interests while having a blast and meeting other people like me.

Sincerely,

Lindsay

A Bittersweet Ending

As the past couple days have gone by, I have realized I’m not returning to FIT the following week. My alarm will ring for 6:50 AM and I will simply sigh, turn it off, and take in the harsh reality of nnot returning to the place I love.

These past three weeks have been the highlight of my summer. (And probably of my year) I mean, come on, it’s FIT.. It’s unlike anywhere else.

The classes I took this year were outstanding. I made some remarkable new friends who I will DEFINITELY keep in contact with. I even found my roommate for FIT! (If I get in!) My experience here was phenomenal. I wish I was a freshman so I can take even more Precollege classes! Unfortunately, I live too far away to attend classes during the Fall or Spring. What a shame.

I hope I get good marks on all my final projects. I am so anxious to view them! They are getting posted on August 2nd, so remember to check them out!

My jacket (from my sewing class) turned out phenomenal! I ordered a bunch of spikes and studs from this really cool website. I can’t wait to go home and apply them to my jacket! I’m also going to distress it with sand paper! In my first class I also made a t-shirt. It’s a grey jersey knit t-shirt with a ballet neckline and long sleeves. It’s the comfiest t-shirt IN THE WORLD!

I’m so excited to return home and start working on my portfolio. I think I will include my jacket in my portfolio.. I worked so hard on it and I am so proud of myself!

How were your classes? Do you think you will return to FIT? How did your final projects turn out?

Overall, my last day was filled with excitement, a sense of pride, sadness, and some realizations for the future. I was excited that all my hard work was finally completed. I had a sense of pride in myself, and in the work I created. A sense of sadness because I am leaving the place and people I have grown to adore. And the realization that if I don’t work hard, I may never return to FIT.. And that simply won’t do.

I hope you all had a wonderful experience at FIT, I know I did!

I do not want to say goodbye to any of you people” -Christa McAuliffe

Your Care Tag,

Bella

Last Class(es) at the admirable FIT!

All we could talk about in class today was about how fast we think time flew. The three weeks at FIT went by so quickly! It’s amazing how much we’ve learned. Although I am sad about the conclusion to this fantastic adventure, I am overjoyed with how much I’ve accomplished… from my fully completed dress to the additions to my portfolio! During the last day in my Manual Pattern Making and Sewing class, we franticly tried to finally muster together our beautiful dresses. In my last few blog posts, they have consisted of brief segments of the making of our dresses! Momentarily I will show you the vast completion of my very first dress EVER. And personally, I think I did a fairly good job given the fact that this is practically the first time properly managing and working a sewing machine!… Even if these machines did go 400 miles/hour.

During the process (pre-zipper)

Finally cut out of the pattern!

The sewing machine that didn't like me. Haha

My completed dress.

During the time when I was unwillingly struggling with my dress, I realized that there were so many completions that just blew my mind.

Other then the success and outcome of my Pattern making class, I’ve also received a few pointers on how to be prepared for college/university. Since FIT is one of the top colleges I would like to attend, it is super important to know that my portfolio is relevant and is something that sums up what colleges are looking for. In order to depict that, it’s good to have it reviewed by people who have been through the process, and know all about it. And the perfect person would be a graduate of FIT, who in fact was our professor. Once he examined my existing (non-completed) portfolio, he stated that some pieces I had needed to be defined and purposed. For example, I had designed the front of a postcard, and the smart thing to do would be to complete the back side, including the format of an actual postcard. Overall, everything was great, but its never too late to add more, thus creating a stronger reason for the course. During our time in that classroom, we worked on collages, creating an ad (shown in previous blog posts), coming up and conceptualizing marketing ideas, knowing and realizing what kind of designer you are and doing things that are unusual, just because not everything in the art and design world is conventional, so it’s good to step out of your usual box of 2B pencils and pencil crayons.

Presentation of self-portraits.

Self portrait I created with photoshop paintbrush mediums. I drew it, scanned it... and then colored the whole thing on photoshop.

 Everything has to come to an end, but hopefully this won’t be the end to my time at FIT. We shall meet again!

View from my Design class, D building.

Outfit of the day! (Fashionpanoramic.blogspot.com)

Forever 21 bronze necklaces

Thrifted Vintage Levi cut-off shorts

Thrifted fur cropped sweater

Thrifted head scarf (Used as a bow tie in the first picture)

DSW gold loafers (The shoes are not shown in this OOTD, but I wore them with white lace socks)

Tianna

If interested, check out my blogs:

fashionpanoramic.blogspot.com
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