Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Urban Studio exhibit: How surroundings shape us

The “Homegrown” exhibit at Museum at FIT from December 21 through February 8, 2020 will showcase work from Fine Arts Urban Studio club members.  Exhibiting student artists spoke about their neighborhoods, communities and what makes home. “This painting depicts my late … Continue reading

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Looking for a Place to Call Home: Jerome Walford Illustrates American Dreams

Professor Jerome Walford’s illustrations of everyday immigrant life explore aspects of the immigrant experience that merge into and enrich American culture. The images are a mix of the literal and dreamlike. The latest in his series are about to appear … Continue reading

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Dean Brown: Making Jewelry for Buildings and for People

In a forthright conversation, Dean Brown reveals his experience as a jewelry designer, being a student again, his industry experience, and what it is like being an African-American male in his major. He also talks about how a public library, … Continue reading

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Bound! Books, that is! Bookbinding Investigations Workshop

“A pdf doesn’t do this…” is a phrase that Irma Boom, renowned Dutch book designer, uses in lectures. “It refers to that which is tangible and tactile rather than screen-based,” says Graphic Design Prof. Sondra Graff. It was also “the … Continue reading

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A glassware design, inspired by seeing spring four times, will soon be on view

“The piece is inspired by the year I saw spring four times as I traveled,” says Jewelry Design Professor Wendy Yothers. “First in Lubbock Texas, where I was teaching; second in Michigan on the family farm; third in Taos, New … Continue reading

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Designer boxes are refashioned in “Thinking Outside The Box” exhibit

More than 20 repurposed designer boxes from Gucci to Prada and Tiffany are transformed into a mix of fashion, style, and art by Illustration professor Leslie Cober-Gentry.  The canvases were created in several mixed mediums. Uplifting messages within the works … Continue reading

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Photography seniors advance their work with cinematic lighting

Cinematic lighting goes beyond creating sets with dramatic lighting and yelling “action.” The techniques require more precision than still photography; the lighting and exposures need to be exacting and consistent. There’s more use of light meters, half stops and third … Continue reading

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Amanda Vallina captures Cuban glamour in “Miami Vices”

Amanda Vallina says that after moving to New York to pursue her BFA in Photography in 2015, her photographs started becoming a tribute to the city that raised her, Miami, Florida. Miami is heavily influenced by Cuban culture, she says, from … Continue reading

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Red, White and Blue Student Backpacks Resonate

Each year FIT’s United College Employees union sponsors a Constitution Day postcard competition.  The goal of the students’ designs is to illuminate a section of the U.S. Constitution in a contemporary context. In 2014 Graphic Design student Sooji Lee’s first-place … Continue reading

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Samuel Tannenbaum: Modernity with a Shaker Sensibility

In a post-post-modern era of computer-aided design and retro-ornate popularity, what is old can be startlingly and gorgeously new. Samuel Tannenbaum, a 2019 Textile Surface Design grad, draws on his small town roots and his aptitude for textile design and … Continue reading

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