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Discovering a Major: Jewelry Design

by Ashley Yakaboski as told to Emily Bennett

Ashley Yakaboski

Ashley Yakaboski

                  When it came time for me to decide on a major and to start looking into colleges, I was one of those people who really wasn’t sure where they wanted to go, or what they wanted to do. Being a creative spirit, and someone who grew up playing with beads and making jewelry throughout high school, the decision to enter into the Jewelry Design program came from my mother. I had always known about FIT, but when my mother informed me about the program I thought this must be a sign. I had never known that such a program existed, so when my mom said, “Ashley, you love making jewelry and working with your hands, why don’t you just apply and see what happens?” I started thinking about it seriously. Since being a part of the Jewelry Design program here at FIT, my love for design has only become more passionate. For me, jewelry is something that is always on my mind.

Looking into different schools I found that this was the only program that was appropriate for what I wanted to learn. Other schools have metal smithing, but FIT has everything from designing to actually making jewelry. For someone who never had much talent in drawing and painting before, my admissions process was a bit difficult, but rewarding. My first task was to write three different essays, one asked why I wanted to go into the jewelry program, and I had to prepare a portfolio. Taking an art portfolio class my senior year in high school was where I spent my time working on drawings and designs that I would submit. I also included pictures of different bead works I made at home. Coming to FIT to show my portfolio was intimidating, but in the end the chairman has positive things to say.

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Jewelry Design is a major where you either fall in love with the program, or you fall apart. The teachers are so knowledgeable, passionate, and patient that you can’t help but be inspired by them. Jewelry Design is a small, close-knit program where you learn everything you need to know about making jewelry, from designs, technical drawings, soldering, wax carving and so forth. In Jewelry Design the main goal is to understand the process of jewelry and all the different aspects of it, so that way you can discover exactly what part of design you enjoy.

Since Jewelry Design is only an Associates program, they cram many different classes into your schedule. My first semester the main classes were Basic Sculpture, Drawing, Beginning Soldering Techniques, Piercing and Sawing, Wax Carving, Mechanical Drafting, Intro to Jewelry Design, and lastly Tools, Equipment and Processes. After learning all the basics you are then submerged in other classes such as Casting, White Metal Model, Jewelry Design Two, and eventually you pick between studio classes and jewelry design for your third and fourth semester. (Studio classes only involve the techniques of physically creating jewelry, and jewelry design only involves designing and rendering)

Design I created for my final portfolio

Design I created for my final portfolio

I have taken so many inspirational classes and each teacher has given me so much, but one of my favorites was Jewelry Casting with Rebekah Laskin. I never knew there are so many options when it comes to casting. Although I made a lot of mistakes in this class, those mistakes further helped me understand the process. In this class we took part in cuttlefish casting, where you pour hot metal into a cuttlefish bone, and the bone becomes the design. We also had a project where we were supposed to take a found object and get a mold and casting of it, then our found object would then be made into metal and jewelry. I had lace casted and made a pretty pair of earrings and ring.

From the casting class

From the casting class

Jewelry Design here at FIT prepares us to either work in studios, where we make jewelry, or we can work for companies that need designers to design and render different pieces that can be manufactured by the company. My ultimate goal would be to have my own home studio where I can design and make jewelry, depending on my inspiration.

Since graduating from Jewelry Design, I am now in a completely different major at FIT called Production Management, where we learn about the mass production or garments and all the steps of making a garment, from the tools, stitches, seam, construction, fabrics and so forth all in order to make the garment in the most efficient way. Although Jewelry Design is completely different from Production Management, and although I miss Jewelry Design tremendously, I have discovered that I have different areas of interest, but I also have learned that I further see myself working in the jewelry industry.

FIT Tigers Tennis Team!

FIT Tigers Tennis Team!

While in Jewelry Design the least amount of classes I took in a semester was 10 and my most was 12, so the idea of having an internship during that time is unimaginable. In Production Management I am eligible for an internship my senior year, so until then I am focusing on school and side projects. Even so, I am a very busy bee and time management is my ultimate strength in life. I was involved with the FIT women’s tennis team for two years, I am a student designer for the Style Shop, I was involved in the FIT Skyliners Acapella group for two semesters, I am involved with the production management club, I am a Resident Assistant and mentor, I am a Student Ambassador and I still have time for side projects that make me happy. In all honesty it sounds like a lot and that it would be hard to maintain extracurriculars, but that is the beauty of time management and calendars! Furthermore, when faced with a homework assignment it is always my priority to get it done right away in order to enjoy my free time with these extracurriculars, which make me less stressed.

Since starting FIT I have learned so much about myself and my future, but I think the most influential thing I learned was that everyone has different styles and techniques and each one is unique to who they are. Each project, assignment, and talk with a teacher is something that we shouldn’t take for granted because in those moments we learn about ourselves and about what we like in our major. If you don’t take that seriously, then how will you ever know if you are learning and ultimately how will you know where you see yourself going in life?


To learn more about the Jewelry Design major click here!

–Emily–

Notes From The 6 Train: Uncovering Programs To Get To School (EOP Program)

With Junior Day having just past, I want to write about programs that you may not have even known about at FIT!

I interviewed my friend Nicholas about he joined the EOP program, what he gained from it and what he continues to gain from the program. First, I shall start with what the EOP stands for, it means the Educational Opportunity Program, a program offered to New York residents for additionally support when needed.

Colleges know that life is tricky sometimes, They understand that maybe you lived in particularly stressful environment, or went through a plethora of family problems while in high school, so your GPA isn’t the highest. However, if the school still sees you as an asset they want to aid you in your success. EOP is the support system ensure your success before and throughout the duration of the college experience.

Nicholas said that the highlights of his experience as an EOP student are as follows:

-potential for additional financial aid (who doesn’t want that?)

-the summer program before beginning the official semesters (that apparently have super interesting courses & give you a chance to experience different majors if you’re still deciding)
having the unwavering guidance of your specific EOP counselor that helps throughout your college career)

-access to other helpful programs throughout the schoolyear

-meet other EOP scholars, and create a strong support system before starting school (which is a luxury, I must tell ya)
not only meeting other EOP scholars, but also meeting students outside outside of your major.

As mentioned before, EOP is offered exclusively to NYC residents, but programs with similar missions are abundant across the country. If you think you are interested in applying for the EOP program I’ve included the link below.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

http://www.fitnyc.edu/2920.asp (For FIT)

http://www.suny.edu/student/faq/faq.cfm?faqname=EOPFAQ (For all state schools)

Notes From The 6 Train: Leadership Workshop!

I write this on the bus returning from Armank, New York, where the 40th annual FIT leadership workshop was held. I, along with about 35 other FIT student leaders, traveled to the woods to bond, get away from the city and eat good vegetarian food (well, at least that’s why I went), and of course to amp our leadership skills!

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Honestly, this was the most I’ve ever talk to FIT students. Firstly, since we were the only people at the facility for 2 days we were forced to talk to each other fact. Additionally, I’m a commuter student so when I come on campus it’s do a job; attending class or a meeting, or studying. I find that other people experience this tunnel mind when they are on campus as well. Sometimes we need to be pulled out of comfort zone so that we are able to meet new people. That’s exactly what happened! I connected with a bunch of people that I never would have met otherwise.

Communal Gratiffi Board

Communal Gratiffi Board

Not only did I meet new people but I also learned a lot about myself. (Sounds very cliche, I know) but bear with me. I have had a number leadership trainings, so going on this retreat was a refresher of knowledge I’d acquired in the past. It also helped me see how much I’ve grown, and what I still need to work on. I also did get a break and enjoy some nature. It was beyond beautiful. I got to see the changing leaves and see some deer! Taking a break from the city is important to me, I know I need to be around nature to feel balanced.

This workshop is offered once in the fall ad again in the spring. It’s highly sought after, so whenever you see the posters around the school be sure to sign up immediately.

The attendees!

The attendees!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

My friend Lynda

Hi there,

Today I’m featuring my friend Lynda, this girl has been with me since the day I started at FIT (even if I don’t hang out with her a lot). Lynda always comes home with me after class and is readily available to teach me anything and everything out there (some kind of friendship, huh?). Just one click away after logging in to MyFit you can find under web resources the link to Lynda.

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Lynda.com is a web resource that makes any doubt or insecurity about you doing something software related vanish. This website through infinite tutorials (2,729 courses and 122,000 tutorials) allows you to “learn what you want, when you want, from our entire library.” You can even build your own custom playlist according to theme, software name or what you want to watch later. It helps you achieve your personal and professional goals only one click away. Thanks to FIT you get free access to this incredible tool that gives you a certificate of completion for each course viewed that you can show to potential employers.

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If you are like me and have taken one design course (because obviously I’m a business major and can only draw stick figures) Lynda, my friend will aid you in accomplishing what you thought impossible. This way, I can graduate with ample (or essential haha, really up to you) knowledge in both fields, design and business. As it turns out, I have decided to learn to use InDesign CS6 this summer through the full course they offer. I’m also going to create a logo for my personal project with Lynda’s help (which I will share sometime, hopefully soon).

FB_LiSo as their co-founder said:

What you put into it, is what you get out of it.

Learning is living.

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

Student Ambassadors!

There’s nothing that I love more than helping other people and being a part of a close knit group of people, so with recently being accepted as a FIT Student Ambassador, I could not be happier.  FIT Student Ambassadors provide role models for students as we help out with move-in, all of orientation, and various events throughout the school year.  To any recently accepted students that are currently reading this, be sure to say hi in the fall at orientation!  There are so many amazing opportunities at FIT whether it’s in a club, organization, or internship, which makes me so incredibly excited and proud to be a new member of the FIT Student Ambassador Family.

I had my SA training this past week and I felt so welcomed and loved the second I walked into the room.  I highly recommend applying next year no matter what year you are.  It is great to be involved in something where you can make a positive impact on others.  Get excited for orientation!!

For more information on Student Ambassadors: https://www.fitnyc.edu/3158.asp

xx,
Ashley