Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Interior Design: Working well and doing good

“We spend close to 90 percent of our lives indoors. It means our health and well-being are directly impacted by interior design and indoor air quality,” says Interior Design Professor Ethan Lu.  That makes this year’s theme, “Designing for Wellness,” … Continue reading

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Students See Update for a Landmark Building

Bringing a landmark building up to date requires a great deal of sensitivity.  To see the work-in-progress on-site is a rare opportunity and great education for students.  These students from Professor Manuel Mergal’s Interior Design Technology III class, recently visited a … Continue reading

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Students Shape Pellon for Macy’s Far-Out Flower Show

One might think that Pellon, a stiff fabric usually used for linings, might have limited design options. Not so. In Prof. Susanna Moyer’s class students had no trouble crafting wildly diverse designs that captured the outer space theme of this … Continue reading

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Car Pelleteri captures the beauty of Montauk

“I started making portraits of locals and natives, fishermen, surfers, restaurant owners, writers, the Montauk lighthouse chairperson. They either had to be born there or have lived there for decades. That was the way I started,” says Car Pelleteri about work … Continue reading

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Robeson is Othello in Prof. Hoston’s 100th anniversary graduation tribute

When Illustration Professor James Hoston was asked to submit sketches for consideration for the Paul Robeson Legacy Project — a year-long tribute to Robeson’s 100th year anniversary of graduating from Rutger’s University — he was ecstatic. “Paul Robeson is a personal hero of mine.  … Continue reading

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Nicholas Keslake’s Open Call: From Broadway to FIT

Before show time, Illustration major Nicholas Keslake helps set the stage for a world where a young wizard from the printed page takes over the stage in spectacular style.  It’s the Broadway production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” … Continue reading

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Brooke Catino is “Miss Bala Dress from the Heart” contest winner!

“It was a scenario I would make up in my head as a child — I would win this contest and be flown out to LA to have my dress design made by a big name designer whom I looked … Continue reading

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The “overly fantastic” Brother donation

Last week educators from Brother–of sewing machine fame–came to campus to train faculty and technicians in the use of Brother sewing, embroidery and cutting machines. The company has donated 25 high-tech machines to the School of Art and Design, and … Continue reading

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Mariam Khan’s “Don’t Triptych” project addresses anxieties of Gen Z digital world

Graphic design student Mariam Khan (’20) is immersed in a digital world. One can see quickly that she excels at merging imagination and digital design, her medium of expression, to great effect. Born into a technology era considered synonymous with … Continue reading

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Drawing students to the new exhibition space

The Art and Design Gallery at FIT showcases work that often has its inception in the classroom. It also serves as a classroom itself.  So if you see students actively drawing with an instructor close by, it likely means class … Continue reading

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