Author Archives: Rachel Ellner

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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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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