Instructor Spotlight: Melissa Starke

Melissa is an artist who creates abstract paintings and sculptures. She holds a Business Administration AA, a Fine Arts BFA and is a 2020 Art Market Studies MA Candidate. She was the curator for Torche Galerie in Belmar NJ from 2012-2015. She is a three-time Community Development Block Grant recipient from the City of Yonkers, where she is director and curator for the not for profit arts organization and gallery, US+U.  In addition, she manages an artist residency and an education program onsite.

Website: www.urbanstudiounbound.org/melissa-starke

Melissa Teaches:
JSX 035 Color Theory and Application
JSX 038 Multiple Media Workshop

Teaching Philosophy:
Making art is a personal process-it can be fun, playful, meditative, serious, intuitive, contemplative and so on. You have to experiment, make things you love and things you don’t like. Both are supposed to happen and will.  It’s part of figuring out your personal aesthetic/finding your creative voice.

I believe one of the most important things to acknowledge as a teacher is that everyone interprets & processes information differently. I enjoy taking the time to get to know each student, it enables me to make teaching choices that speak to the students I have in that particular class.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

  • Gallery Curator & Director Urban Studio Unbound (US+U Gallery) Yonkers, NY 2014-present
  • Yonkers Arts Weekend Co-Producer/Art Direction 2016-2018 in Partnership with the City of Yonkers
  • Urban Studio Advisor/Fine Arts Department FIT
  • Department Coordinator /Fine Arts Department FIT

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Instructor Spotlight: Kiril Hristov

Kiril Hristov is an artist and illustrator whose work has been featured in galleries around the world. He was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and developed an interest in film and art at an early age. He was accepted to The National School of Fine Arts, where he completed rigorous training and improved his technique. He continued his education at the Academy of Fine Arts. Since then, Hristov takes part in shows and individual exhibitions in Bulgaria, Greece, Algeria, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, and the United States. He has a Ph.D. in Fine Art.

 

Kiril Teaches:
HAR 016 Creating the Fashion Figure

Teaching Philosophy:
My goal is to help my students think creatively and experiment with a variety of styles and methodologies that help them discover their artistic selves. I want my students to be inspired by art history and artistic traditions, as well as by nature and contemporary events. My students search for connections between music, theatre, cinema, literature, architecture, and other mediums of expression. My teaching method is based on the classical principles of drawing as well as contemporary trends.

I believe that it is important to nurture students as individuals by showing them a variety of techniques. I help my students channel their talent and passion into an artistic product that demonstrates a rich art vocabulary.

Multiple demonstrations, repetitions, and collaborations are essential to my teaching practice. I always make sure that my students are informed about what is going on around them in the artistic, political, and social sense so that they are conscious of the outside world that they bring into their work.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Exhibition: Train Station for two- Fashion Illustration, Norwalk CT 2018
Solo Show: “Temporal Static” 151 Gallery, San Francisco 2017
Solo Show: “Selection of Drawings” Felt Factory, San Fransisco
“Work in Progress”, Sofia, Bulgaria 2016
Solo Show: Art 36 Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria 2015
Solo Show: “Run Away,” Norwalk, Connecticut 2014

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Instructor Spotlight: Caroline Berti

Caroline has over 10 years of industry experience in Fashion Design and Costume Design. She is a graduate of FIT. Her work as a designer and creative consultant has allowed her to travel to places such as China and Europe.

 

 

 

Caroline Berti Teaches:
HSX 098: Wearable Technology: Fashion Meets Function

Teaching Philosophy:

Experimentation and learning are one and the same, and they both happen when you are creating. Each person has their own unique way of seeing things; as a professor, I try to provide students with the tools and foundation to bring that perspective to life through experimenting and being creative.

Experience and Work:

  • Designed for companies such as Victoria’s Secret Direct, Victoria’s Secret Pink, Warnaco, Richard Leeds, Karen Sabag, and private lines for Macy’s, Qvc, Belk.
  • Worked for some of the largest Costume companies in the U.S (Spirit, Rubies, Escante, Walmart) in addition to costume design in both film and theatre.
  • Special Projects include illustrations for an animated pilot for MTV Producer, and stop motion animation with Charged Productions.
  • Designing & Creative consulting for fashion technology projects with ‘INFOR LAB’ for companies such as PVH, Calvin Klein, Neue, and the Swedish Fashion Council.
  • Has also assisted in connecting FIT with technology makers such as SparkFun.

Instructor Spotlight: Nicole Truscinski


Nicole Truscinski is an archivist at a leading American fashion company and spent several years at New York Vintage, a vintage rental showroom that caters to the fashion and entertainment industries. She is a graduate of the FIT Advertising and Marketing Communications program, along with the Fashion Merchandising Management Associate’s program. She is also a graduate of the Costume Studies MA program at NYU. Fashion and costume history are her passions, and when she’s not flipping through old issues of Harper’s Bazaar or watching classic films, she can most likely be found wandering the MET or the museum at FIT.
Teaching Philosophy:
My goal is to introduce my students to the resources and opportunities available to them and to help them lay the foundation to achieve their dreams.
 
Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
  • 11th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibition at the FIDM Museum in Los Angeles
  • Co-curated the exhibition Performing Fashion: New York City at NYU’s 80WSE Gallery
  • Consultant on period costume design for film

Instructor Spotlight: Darryl Glover

Darryl Glover’s fashion portfolio includes commercial, editorial, and celebrity styling, as well as costume design. Professor Glover joined the FIT family in 2008 as a student of the Continuing Education Department. After completing the Fashion Styling & Costume Design certificate programs, he joined Local 764 Wardrobe Union where he began as a costumer for the Metropolitan Opera. He also acts as a Creative Director for young artists. In 2013 Professor Glover returned to FIT to begin his tenure as a classroom teacher. He returns semester after semester with exciting new experiences to share with his students. Outside of the classroom, he spends time dressing the who’s who of Young Hollywood.

Website: www.godarrylgo.com

Prof. Glover teaches:
JSX 045: Careers in Fashion Styling

Teaching Philosophy:
Students can’t be what they don’t see. I pride myself on exposure and try to create as many opportunities for hands-on experiences as possible. I tell my students that we are all students and that the experiences we create together are the teacher.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

  • Key Costumer – Ryan Murphy’s POSE on FX, 2018
  • Published in July 2018 issue of VOGUE Magazine (POSE FX)
  • Best Dressed List, Celebrity Stylist – Elle, Esquire, E!
  • Best Dressed – Golden Globes 2018, Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things
  • American Ballet Theatre, Nutcracker