Another Day in My Dreamworld

So after 2 weeks of working on AP Art projects, running after school clubs, folding endless piles of clothing (I work at Abercrombie Kids) and trying as hard as possible to understand economics, I finally got to get back to work on my portfolio. However, my teacher had a couple surprises for us today…

First, we went over the rules for the “take home test” portion, which is two create 2 figures with 4 mix and match garments including one jacket, one top, a skirt and a pair of pants. How i’m going to get all my ideas onto two figures is the real challenge. We had some time to sketch, but then we walked to mood. It was such a gorgeous day out, and it was so much fun getting to know everyone and seeing everyones different styles through which fabrics they picked out. I now have dozens of new swatches to go into my “swatch-book” that I made with a photo album.

When we got back to campus we went on break, and me and my classmate Kathleen grabbed Starbucks. Then came the really amazing part, which was the FIT Museum. I haven’t been there since the Vivienne Westwood exhibit in the Spring, but the new exhibits are incredible. It was almost overwhelming, and i’ll definitely be back there after class next week to get some more inspiration. But first, the week ahead: full of work, homecoming week, college applications, essays and art projects.



Friendships and Field Trips!

Wow, another week down! I hope everyone had a great second week at Summer Live!

Today we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the 5th avenue. It’s one of my favorite places because even though I want to major in graphic design, I still love fine art…a lot (and the Roman and Greek statues are great to practice your drawing!). After a 15 minute subway ride, we were there! My class was going to go to the Alexander McQueen exhibit, but we didn’t get to go in because there was a 1 and a half hour wait! But no worries, we went to other exhibits. The class split up into two groups and my group went up to the rooftop garden. It was absolutely beautiful! I saw NYC on a whole new level, literally!










When we went back inside, we saw the modern art and photography exhibits. I loved how some of the photos contained typography. This one really stood out to me, don’t you love the color type and lines with the black and white photo?

I’ve met some pretty awesome people the past 2 weeks. It’s great being in a class where everyone shares the same interest as you. I don’t go to a high school specializing in art, so finding people in a regular high school who share a strong interest in art is hard. I feel like everyone in our class really opened up to one another when we had our first critique. Now, everyone’s complimenting each others work and I’m finding myself becoming less shy when I want to ask for other peoples opinion on my work. The one thing that I hate about commuting is that I can’t really hang out with my new friends after class because I have to catch the train home!

Everyone on the FIT campus is extremely friendly. I love meeting new people and talking about other peoples classes. Just by sitting outside drawing today, I met some new people!

Did anyone else go on a field trip this week or meet some new people on campus?

And now… to start thinking about my final project (it involves some photography, can you guess what I’m doing?)


Gimme a (Spring) Break!…New York, I’m Coming


That’s how I’ve been feeling since school ended today. I have an overwhelming amount of things to do over break, but this is the week when I finally get to sit down and immerse myself in my fashion work. Every weekend, I haven’t had time to review what I’d learned in class and actually start my class projects, but here I go!

I told you about my two projects, the Vivienne Westwood and the spring collection. I have to pick a period of time before the 1950s for my Westwood project. Honestly, until I intensely research, I have no idea which to choose. Any ideas?

Spring Collection

My preliminary sketch on tracing paper

With Color

I colored this quickly in class, but I might use this look for the spring collection. What do you think?

Pink and Gold Heels

Matching heels. Bottom is hot pink. Top is a gold metal buckle. (Color sketches done on marker paper)

I’m hoping to visit New York a second time this week to visit a store and get my fabric swatches for the project. While I walk around, I’d like to take a spring stroll through Soho- this will be my mini-vacation- because I’m trapped in New Jersey all week. I want to find inspirations for my spring outfits from the window displays of boutiques and the clothes themselves. One target store: Topshop.

The Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Met is coming up in early May, which would have been a great help for the pre-1950s era project, but nevertheless, I am definitely looking forward to that! Meanwhile, while I wait, I’ll explore the museum; you can spend a day in there and continue to find new exhibits and artwork. What a place.

The bulk of my weekdays will be spent in an arts center near my home. The instructors there teach younger children how to explore their creativity through several projects over the course of a week. I help out. This will be an interesting experience for me, as I’ll be able to see how children perceive and express art with their naive minds, unlike us teenagers and adults, who already have preconceptions about the world.

And as for some leisure time for myself, I’m on the lookout for a unique pair of flat sandals to last me all season! I don’t know whether to go for the classic t-strap or a funky style instead. Such a difficult decision, all this fashion!

My goal of the week is successful time management…doesn’t everyone have to these days?


A part of my customer profile inspiration page. I love these silhouettes!


My Typical Saturday at FIT

All during February, I was waiting to get back to my FIT precollege classes… and before I knew it, I was on the train again.

This Spring, I’m taking Advanced HAP 026: Sewing for Fashion Designers and HAR 087: Advanced Fashion Art for Fashion Designers. I walked into Fashion Techniques a little worried; I didn’t have much time between the Fall and Spring semesters for practicing, because I had a lot of schoolwork. So I wondered, what if everyone was on a different level than me? What if I couldn’t keep up? Or worse (because I would actually love that challenge) what if everyone else was way behind me? Also, what if, God forbid, I got designer’s block? That’s always my biggest fear.

To my surprise, the instructor was extremely welcoming and warm-hearted and gave a very generous review of how to draw a fashion figure. Generally, we start drawing in the beginning of class while the professor takes attendance. Then we have a preview of what we’ll be going over that day. Usually, the professor puts ads from some of the latest mags up on the board and sometimes her own drawings too to inspire us. Last week, we learned how to perfect tweeds, plaid, and herringbone details. We stood over the professor’s desk and watched as she went step-by-step on how to draw these items. Most of the time, she asks for our input and for ideas on color-scheme and detailing. Everyone is shy and holds back in my class. People are nervous and timid, but finally, someone speaks up with their input. The classes consist of kids at both beginner and advanced levels. Sometimes people have taken classes other places and weren’t sure if they were taught to draw to FIT’s standards, because, of course, not all places have the same expectations. Sometimes people overestimate their skills because of the same situation, or just haven’t mastered the techniques yet. Then there are kids of all sorts in between.

Class ends at 12:30, but since I also take an afternoon class, I stay and wander for an hour. The art store down the street usually catches my attention because, just as most artists, I can spend hours in an art store. I may go across the street for some of the best pizza in New York state, and usually Dunkin’ (which gives 10% discounts to FIT students, but make sure to ask!) for tea or a coffee to boost my energy. The Museum at FIT is free and great for all kinds of inspiration. The Japan exhibit and the His and Hers are awesome! The designers they feature are awesome too. Right now it’s Vivienne Westwood, which we toured. That tour informed us how social and political events have such a strong grip on fashion.

At 1:30, I head up to my sewing class and get ready for whatever project we’re making. I’ve been taking private sewing lessons for a couple years but had no idea how to use an industrial machine, so I took the beginner’s class. Others in the class had also sewn before, but I’ve still learned a lot. I  recently finished making an apron.


Practice Makes Perfect in Advanced Fashion Design Art Techniques!

Finally, spring weather! My morning at FIT was another day of working on my first two projects for my fashion design class. My assignments are to:

1) create a modern garment based on an inspiration from before the 1950s

2) design a spring collection inspired by an exhibit from the FIT Museum

I’m dying to put my sketches all together but first I have to decide on several choices that will affect my final product. Besides drawing the clothes, there are fabric swatches to be bought, colors to be used, and styles to be chosen, but this is for the end.

At the start of the project, my entire class visited the Vivienne Westwood exhibit and the Japan Fashion Now exhibit, in addition to the other garments displayed in the FIT Museum. My classmates and I, including my professor, quickly sketched outfits that inspired us to be used later in the design process. Sketching was difficult when standing up but the drawings were extremely helpful later on in the classroom when all of us spent time on thinking of our own designs based on the museum exhibits.

In my advanced design class, Professor Giardina reviewed the fundamentals during the first two class session before moving on to teaching us new tips and tricks, such as shimmer and hair. She has been emphasizing how we can make our sketches more detailed and less basic in this course. I have to work harder in this class than I did in my previous beginner class. This new challenge is demanding, but my desire to produce work that shows my total effort encourages me to continue, even when the task seems impossible. My professor is a dexterous designer whose sketches are always immaculate, so honestly, I was intimidated at first. However, she has been a professional for years, so I came to the conclusion that practice makes perfect! Her skill inspires me to work up to my potential, and I know that with hard effort and perseverance, I can feel proud of myself!