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Tips on Managing Projects

Happy Monday EVERYONE!

I know the semester is over, but it is never too late or too early (for next semester) to give you all some tips for managing all the projects thrown at you from professors!

1. Time Management –

I know, I know, I know! You hear this all the time, from almost everyone, but, this is key when it comes to juggling so many projects all at once. Making sure you have enough time for each project can make the difference in the quality of the final product. Not only that, but you aren’t stressing out the night before trying to finish everything all at once.

 

2. Get Lots of Rest –

Getting some rest and proper sleep in the days of hard work can seem a little hard to do. Not only will you feel rested, but this will help you start each day with a clear mind, ready to target all tasks.

 

3. All you can Eat –

Yes! Buffet style. I cannot stress this enough. It is very important to eat as much as possible when working so hard and for so many hours. This is the #1 thing that will give you energy to carry on!

 

4. Go over details –

It is never enough to go over all the details for your projects. Make sure you are following all guidelines given by your instructor and that you aren’t forgetting any small points.

Over the semesters I have been learning different techniques to help me juggle so many different classes. These were some of the ones that have best helped me through all the projects, you should give them a try, maybe they’ll help you too!

Have a great week,

Maria

Finding Materials in Florence, Italy

Hello TIGERS!

Finding the right materials in Florence, Italy for projects might be a whole adventure around the city. It takes a lot of curiosity to find the right places to shop for fabrics, trims, buttons, that you might be looking for. The following is a list of stores and markets that will help you through your search!

  1. Bacci – Located in the central market, in between all the local leather-goods vendors, this store was my go to when it came to buying fabrics for garments. They had such a wide range of fabrics, from linings to linen, from silk to velvet, even wool and Alpaca. Prices are good and there is a student discount.
  2. Giesse – This fabric store is located in between Florence City Center and Polimoda Design Lab in Scandicci. It is very convenient as a one-stop store, with a variety of supplies including: fabrics, trims, design tools, etc. Towards the back of the store, they have a container with remnants of fabrics with great prices since they are the final pieces.
  3. Cascine Market – Located in the Cascine Park right along the Arno River is one of the largest markets in the city. You can find anything you may need for your household, but most importantly it is a great place to find trims, ribbons, buttons, zippers, etc. There are also vendors with fabrics and you can find lace in some booths too. The market is also great for thrifting, prices are pretty cheap, and the great thing is that the market is so big there is so much you can find!
  4. Haberdashery Samba Di Villani Carmela – Located near the Duomo, this tiny store is great for ribbons and any extra embellishments you may want to use in projects. They have some beautiful brooches, appliques, buckles for belts, etc.

These were some of the ones that I went to the most and found great materials in each. There are, however, other stores, it all depends on the quality that you are looking for. There are some stores that have the finest of finest fabrics, it all depends on your budget.

Until next time,

Maria

Why you should consider Studying Abroad

Hello EVERYONE!

People say all good things come to an end, sometimes it is true. The semester is over here in Florence and I’m on my way back to the states.

In today’s post I will share with you why I think you should definitely consider studying abroad!

Before stepping foot on the plane to Italy, I had many concerns and questions, this is why I suggest that you do plenty of research before committing to a study abroad program. There are many resources at FIT that can guide you and help you find the best fit. It all depends on the major you are studying and what you want to accomplish.

Next step is choosing how long you want to study abroad for. There are programs that run for just a few weeks, to a semester-long or full year. A question you may want to ask yourself is: “How long can I be away from home?”. The short-term programs are great to experience another city quite quickly and learn some new techniques in the major chosen to explore. The longer terms let you explore the city, submerge in the culture, and really learn new industry techniques. It all depends on you!

Once you have everything all set you can then start researching about the culture, local customs, anything else that you might find interesting exploring once you get there. Make sure you breath in as much as possible. Think outside the box, at first it may be a little uncomfortable to be in a city where the language is not the same, but you will definitely get the hang of things after a few weeks!

The experience is like no other and the amount of knowledge acquired over this time period you are abroad is priceless.

For much more information about the many study abroad programs please visit the FIT website:http://www.fitnyc.edu/study-abroad/index.php

 

Until next week!

Maria

Roaming For a Day in Rome

Happy Friday Everyone!

The semester is soon to end and so is my stay here in Florence, I’m quite sad!

But before I leave I will share with you my last trips, thoughts, and recommendations for those of you who are planning to study abroad in the FIT in Florence program.

This week I did a day trip to Rome, how exciting right? However, a day isn’t enough!

Spanish steps in Rome

Spanish steps in Rome

Started the trip with a whole pizza for lunch and soon after made my way to the Roman Baroque style Spanish Steps, with a beautiful church at the top of them overlooking the city. Right after we followed the sound of the cascading water from the famous Trevi Fountain, filled with many tourists throwing their coins for good-luck.

Trevi Fountain in Rome

Trevi Fountain in Rome

My next stop was the Pantheon, a great monument to visit, free of charge and a must see! Once inside there is no way to describe the awe when viewing one of the greatest masterpieces in architecture.

I walked and walked around, not having any place in mind, just exploring the city.

Vatican City

Vatican City

My last stop was the Vatican City, a few hour wait in the line to enter the walled city-state, but definitely worth to visit. The home of the Roman Catholic Church and home for the Pope, full of gardens, fountains, and a total of 11 Vatican Museums and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. My favorite? The Sistine Chapel, a world known masterpiece, a work that I’ve seen and studied so many times in art history classes. With numerous famous frescoes, and some of the most vivid colors and precious details. It will take you a few minutes to discern the grandiosity of this masterpiece.

Rome, the eternal city, which you will definitely need more than one day to discover all gems it has to offer.

Colosseum

Colosseum

Until next time,

Maria 

 

AAS Graduating Ceremony in Florence

Hello EVERYONE!

A little recap of the past weeks; we were finishing up our garments and portfolios for the AAS Exhibition in Florence, Italy! Meeting with our professors and industry critic, Mr. Mirko Bottai, from the design firm Emilio Pucci.

Last week we gathered in the ballroom of the Stibbert Museum. Located a couple of minutes from Florence’s historic center, to celebrate the ending of our journey here in Florence and to also exhibit our work completed abroad!

A ceremony filled with parents, professors, classmates, friends, it was certainly a joy to see everyone walking around and enjoying the evening. We had our professors and industry critic speak a little to the graduating class and to our parents. As an Italian tradition, instead of a graduation cap, we were placed laurel leaves crown, symbolizing our graduation!

Fashion Design Graduating Class of 2019 Florence, Italy

Fashion Design Graduating Class of 2019 Florence, Italy

I got the great opportunity of being the class speaker, which also gave me the chance of thanking every single person involved in the process. From our industry critic Mr. Bottai, to our amazing and caring professors Cinzia Cardelli and Sophie Springer. A big thank you to the administrative team of FIT and Polimoda, as well as all those people who in one way or another cooperated so that we could satisfactorily complete our studies.

After the ceremony we had a reception made for the occasion in the Limonaia, with our portfolios and illustration work showcasing on tables. Guests walked around the room with little aperitivo plates while gazing at the very elaborated fashion design portfolios. In the end, it was a great way to finish with what are our design classes!

 

Arrivederci

Maria