Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

Red, White and Blue Student Backpacks Resonate this Summer

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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Jewelry Design Senior Exhibit: “Somehow we top the year before”

“Every year we wonder if we can top the last year, and somehow we do,” says Jewelry Design Professor Michael Coan, referring to both the graduating student work currently on exhibit and designs singled out for Accessories Design Council awards. … Continue reading

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Amy Lombard Talks About VICE: The Ads

People nationwide have enjoyed hilarious poster ads for VICELAND’s show, VICE LIVE, the weeknight, two-hour variety special that debuted in late February. The photographs are meant to keep you on the edge of your seat—as if you didn’t know what … Continue reading

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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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