Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Williams Perez captures four seasons of a “crazy” year

“They’re like photos of the crazy year of 2020 — spring, summer, fall, winter,” says Williams Perez about his four-panel illustration with scenes from his desk that depict each season.  For Perez, a recent Illustration grad, getting a running start to his … Continue reading

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Don’t Blush. It’s Nicole Windram

She’s a fashion director who can repurpose clothing as if performing a magic trick. The transformation of one look into a completely different one is something Nicole Windram practices continually with her own wardrobe. She does the same for the … Continue reading

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New York Times Bestselling Illustrator Nina Mata Tells All!

When “I Promise,” written by LeBron James and Illustrated by Nina Mata, (Illustration, ’08), was released last August, it became an instant New York Times #1 best selling children’s book. Shortly after it was named by Amazon and Barnes & … Continue reading

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Sydney Hawes’ plush children’s coats go to Washington with Kamala Harris’ great nieces!

Lady Gaga wore Schiaparelli at the Inauguration. Kamala Harris’ two great-nieces wore iloveplum. FIT graduates designed for all three…but this is about two-year-old Leela and four-year-old Amala, and their adorable hooded faux-fur leopard-print coats. Embed from Getty Images Fashion Design … Continue reading

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Corky Lee the Unofficial Historian of NYC’s Chinatown and beyond

Corky Lee, a chronicler of Asian culture in Chinatown and nationwide, has succumbed to COVID-19.  Lee put Asians back in the historical picture of American life. He was a great friend to FIT faculty and students, introducing them to chronicling … Continue reading

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It’s More Than a Game for Clever Evolving Media Students

Entering FIT’s first full semester of remote learning last fall, Prof. Dan Shefelman says he was searching for a way to approach his Illustration BFA course, Visual Storytelling for Evolving Media II, in an engaging and relevant way. This course, … Continue reading

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Tis’ the Season for GIF-Giving!

Happy Holidays! Please accept these GIFs from the students of Prof. Anthony Capparelli’s Pictorial Problem Solving Illustration class Creating GIFS in Prof. Anthony Capparelli’s Motion Graphic and Holiday Card Assignment, allows students to add movement and motion to their illustrations. … Continue reading

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Design Across the Oceans with Professor Jerry Dellova

Attending class remotely from four continents,19 students in Prof. Jerry Dellova’s CAD for Fashion Design class FD342, finished the semester a few days before Christmas, filling their screens with a riot of colors, print and pattern designs. As is typical, … Continue reading

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Visual Presentation Lab Rises to Pandemic Challenges

What happens to use of a well-equipped workshop when many students can’t get to it? New instructional videos to aid students confined to home. New ways of creating those videos. Extra attention for the students who need to be there. … Continue reading

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Artful and Profound COVID Scarves

Students in Professor Susanne Goetz’s Screen Printing Scarves (TD316) class were inspired to create pandemic-themed designs as their final project this semester. “Some are thoughtful, some humorous,” says Prof. Goetz who is internationally recognized as a textile designer and educator. … Continue reading

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