Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

A Passage to India 20 Feet at a Time

There was a special rapport and intimacy shared at the recent fabric and embroidery workshops led by Dr. Vaddi Sarvani from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Hyderbad, India. The visiting professor spent a week teaching saree draping and … Continue reading

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FIT Faculty Remember Stan Lee

Tributes for comic book writer, editor and publisher Stan Lee flooded social media following news of his passing earlier this month. Lee was responsible, according to the The Economist, for turning “a low-rent pulp art form into a pop-culture powerhouse.” … Continue reading

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Debra Ziss: An illustrator with a cheese indulgence

For Debra Ziss, following her passions has meant following her palate as well as her talent for illustration.  Ziss was in the Chelsea ‘hood last week giving tastings of lush Vermont cheeses and kibitzing about all things fromage with customers … Continue reading

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Liam and Erin’s World in Photographs and Words

In 2014, New York City documentary photographer Erin Lefevre (AAS ’13) began a photographic exploration with her brother Liam. It was in the style of call and response: Erin would photograph Liam and he would write about the what she had … Continue reading

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The Power of Pronouns: Blue Summerfield’s Joyful Inktober

“My comic sketch during Inktober, came from my enthusiasm for starting my transition,” says Taylor “Blue” Summerfield (Computer Animation-Interactive Media ’19). “It shows a conversation between myself and my partner, so lighthearted and happy.” Summerfield received his AAS in Illustration. He … Continue reading

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Anna Niklova captures the swagger of “extravagant” socks and mismatched footwear

When Anna Niklova (Illustration ’18), notices an appealing flash of color in a passerby’s outfit, she is quick to offer a compliment.  In her senior year she began noticing a less subtle trend. Call it accessories grandstanding. “Funky, colorful socks … Continue reading

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A Color Voyage Includes French Pastry & Oysters

“Even the pastries were intensely colorful,” says Prof. Jada Schumacher, “so were the window displays, stain glass lettering, cobblestones, oysters next to lemons and limes, the fabric and grosgrain ribbons, clothing in the Marais district, the flowers and leaf colors.” They … Continue reading

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Photography Prof. Curtis Willocks receives high honors in the presence of students and colleagues

Photography professor Curtis Willocks was honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer on Friday, September 14 as a cultural innovator and for his role in the vibrant cultural life of Manhattan communities.  The event, part of the kick-off for the African American Parade 2018, … Continue reading

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Hendel Futerfas Reminds Us Of The Garment Industry During Labor Day Week

A recent work by Hendel Futerfas (’12) highlights one of the themes of Labor Day, which had much to do with the development of garment manufacturing. “It evokes feelings of nostalgia for an older and simpler time,” says the Fine Arts … Continue reading

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Illustrator Angela Rizza: Old-school storybook, folk, geometric, carefree, ink and calm

Angela Rizza has long been obsessed by detail, “starting with ballpoint pen drawings in high school where I’d render each illustration with pens using them like graphite, to FIT where I’d zoom in at 200 percent on the computer and … Continue reading

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