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?)


A Combination of Music and Typography

I can honestly say my first week  FIT was awesome! I’ve learned so much and I’m in a class with great people. This Monday was so different from last Monday because I’m more adjusted to the class, all of the “introduction” work is over and now we’re doing actual projects!

Our teacher put our inspiration project on hold and we started something new. Our new project is to illustrate 3 adjectives describing a music genre.

The minute this was assigned, I couldn’t wait to start! It’s perfect because it’s combining my love of type and music. I chose to do punk rock. Using the music of The Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, and The Ramones, I came up with these 3 words: destructive, rebellious, and attraction. What we first did was make a LONG  list of words to describe our genres, then narrowed it down. That followed with having about an hour to just sketch out what we wanted to do. By the end of class, we all had our final ideas.

Our weekend homework was to make a neat looking rough copy of our final thoughts. It took about an hour (not too bad!) When we came back to class on Monday, we had a class critique that got us to open up to one another and it helped me realize things I could’ve done better.

Even though I have only been in class for one week, I still feel like I have learned a lot. I’m currently working on some projects outside of class and when I went to add type to it, I paid attention to things I would’ve usually ignored (like spacing and word alignment). Our professor showed us a movie on the font Helvetica. It was actually really interesting. It showed you how the font was designed and how it is used almost everywhere today. Coming home, I actually noticed that it is used in so many ads and logos! Did anyone watch any cool documentaries or learn about the history of what they are studying?


Helvetica Movie Poster

PS. A few people have asked me what supplies we use in the class and I wanted to show everyone what goes into type design! Here they are:

Week 2 Off to a Great Start!

Hello Everyone!

How was your weekend? Mine was great, I got lots of work done for FIT.  I finished up all of my paper couture dolls and I put the finishing touches on one of my designs, which is inspired by Cruella DeVil. I also started working on my design journal and I continued to work on this in class today, as well.

For our design journals, we have  to show what we are all about  through a collage, mine is going  well so far. The next step is to develop a character of our  “customer,” which is what I’m beginning to work on.

For week two of FIT I am most excited about working on my design journal; I have lots of  ideas I want to add to it during this week. I’ll be sure to give you an update on this project next time!

Also, this Monday was much different than last Monday, which was the first day of class. I have learned a lot in such a short amount of time, my knowledge of designers has  grown immensely. This Monday we went to the Fabric Lab. I had never been there before, so this was very exciting for me. We were there to look for fabric swatches to use for our mood pages. FIT has such a large selection! In addition, my class also visited the library. My professor gave us a tour – the library has lots of cool things to see in it. We will be spending time in the library throughout the next few days to do research on designers for our final projects and I’m really looking forward to it.

During week one at FIT, my interest in fashion design has definitely grown. I’m usually more interested in styling or merchandising but I am finding this area of fashion to be just as fun and enjoyable. Do you have a favorite area of fashion? Have you found that FIT has helped you discover what you love??

I hope you all are enjoying your Summer Live classes as much as I am!

– Justine

Paper Couture and More!

The first few days of class have gone by so fast! I’m thrilled with everything I’ve been working on so far. Making a trip into the city everyday is becoming a routine I will miss so much when it’s over!

One of the projects that I am working on right now is the Paper Couture project. This project includes drawing a fashion figure and then going through magazines to find images, textures, patterns, or anything of the sort to create a cut out outfit for the drawing. It has helped me develop my drawing skills further, especially when it comes to drawing people. I have really been loving this project and am surprised by all of the amazing things everyone in my class has come up with! All of the work that I have been doing so far is perfect to add to my portfolio.

Also, we have begun looking for mood images to add to our fashion journals. I have come up with a few ideas, and plan on continuing this. In addition, my knowledge and skill has definitely improved so far. Like I mentioned, my drawing skills are improving, and my knowledge of different designers is growing, as well. Every day I learn so much from my professor about tons of different designers, many of which I have never heard of before. 

The most exciting thing about my class is how fun all of the projects are so far, and how much they let me explore my creativity. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more!

How were your first few days of class?

Until next time!



Spring Break Project Recap: Recreating Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The scary thought progressing through my mind at the moment is colleges. The thought of being free, independent, and one step closer to becoming an adult brings excitement as well as anxiousness. Finishing up my junior year with more stress then ever, I am petrified of not getting into one of the fashion colleges of my dreams: Fashion Institute of Technology and LIM (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising.) With all the prep for major tests and regents and handling simple school work, working on a portfolio is also a huge priority in my life.

As I started to explain in a previous blog, during my spring break I worked on a shoot with a couple of friends. We re-created the vibe of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The shoot was done at two locations: The stone steps and waterfall in front of the Plaza Hotel and the Tiffany & Co. store located on 5th Avenue and 57th street. The shoot became a huge success when many tourists stood behind the photographer taking snap shots and glazing at the model and scenery. When people started to ask the model and I if they could take photos with her, it was a great feeling of accomplishment for my team and I. Especially when there was fifteen people lined up waiting to take their picture with ‘Audrey’. The model loved the attention and didn’t mind posing for the fellow tourists on the NYC streets. But then again, when your Audrey Hepburn, one of the most symbolic beauties of all time, why wouldn’t you flaunt it?

Here are some of my favorite photographs from the shoot: I would love to hear feedback on whether you like or dislike my work. I would also love to hear tips any one has for me! I LOVE OPINIONS :)

I adore that piece of hair blowing by her face! Although the feet are a tad awkward.

This was a quick shoot we threw together at the last moment at the Plaza. The pictures didn’t come out the way I wanted them but this one was the exception. I like the way her outfit is flaunted.

Again, I would love to hear your feedback and opinion.