Precollege Course: HAC 066: Digital and Interactive Marketing
Describe your personal style? I personally dress from all departments of a store. I don’t feel the need to restrict fashion to a certain gender. To me, clothes are clothes, and I can rock it as long as it matches my makeup.
Where do you go on your breaks from class? I always go to Starbucks! I don’t sleep enough, ever!
What is your favorite thing about FIT? My favorite thing about FIT is the accepting, supporting, and uplifting community of like-minded individuals who all come from different backgrounds but work together to learn.
Who or what inspires you? Besides big influencers like Manny Mua, Jeffree Star, and James Charles, music inspires me the most.
What do you want to do after you graduate from College?
I want to continue my career in cosmetics marketing. I have already started unlike most of my peers.
Eileen Karp has a broad background in fashion. After earning her BS degree in Textiles and Clothing at North Dakota State University and an AAS degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, her fashion design career began as a creative designer of loungewear and sportswear. She founded a business designing an exclusive maternity line for an upper east side NYC boutique; the designs were also sold to Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her entrepreneurial background led her to a variety of freelance and consulting opportunities for a broad range of companies. She moved into various aspects of creative design and related positions primarily in the cut & sewn knitted and woven sportswear areas. Concurrently, she began teaching as adjunct at FIT–SUNY and became a full-time professor in the Fashion Design Department in 2007. In 2008, she completed a Master’s Degree in Education from California State University East Bay. She developed a new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science program in Technical Design at FIT that has grown steadily. In January 2014, Eileen became the Chairperson of the Fashion Design Department in FIT’s School of Art and Design.
In my role as teacher, I am charged to inspire my students through example and guide them to embrace learning. Lifetime learning is critically important for professional and personal growth. The practice of fashion design constantly evolves and advances through exposure, exploration, and experimentation. Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” To prepare my students for success in this creative field and for life, it is incumbent upon me to develop in them a strong foundation that they know how to tap when, occasionally, the creative well runs dry. I have an obligation to weave into students the ability to be adaptable, flexible and open. As an educator, I commit to encourage their ability for conceptual development with the power to problem solve through the continuous asking of “Why?” “How?” and “What If?” as they seek and discover answers.
Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Over 30 years of experience in creative design, patternmaking, fashion business, technical design at all price points and types of industry experiences.
2016/2017, showed two original works in the annual “New Views” FIT Art & Design School Faculty Exhibit.
Unfortunately, this is the last blog I will be writing. Not only that, but this Saturday was my last day of photography class. I enjoyed this class so much. The first day I walked into the classroom I knew I was going to like it. My classmates were so nice and funny. That first week we took pictures of each other and talked to our classmates. The second week we also took photos of each other (aperture). The third week we shared our photos and received feedback. We also talked about different photography, looked at photos, and then went out and shot photos on our film cameras. The 4th week I missed class, so the 5th week I processed my film. Then the 6th and 7th week we processed the film. The 8th week we talked about our final project that we had to do — shoot studio. Then the 9th week we shared our photos and processed more photos. The 10th week our portfolio was due and we also visited different galleries.
My favorite part of this class was learning how to process film. I learned so much and I really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed going outside and taking photos of our classmates, buildings, and things we found interesting. Overall, if you are into photography I think you will enjoy this class a lot. You will learn so much.
My least favorite part of the class, though, was waking up early. But once I got used to it, it wasn’t so bad. I have really enjoyed writing blogs here. Unfortunately, I won’t be writing anymore, but if you want to see what I’m up to, check out my youtube channel. I hope you guys enjoyed reading my blogs like I enjoyed writing them.
Barbara Seggio is an FIT Alum who worked in the industry as a Fashion Designer and Technical Designer. She has been teaching in the Fashion Design Department for over 25 years. Her area of expertise is apparel, and she teaches all levels of Sewing, Draping and Patternmaking. She is also the Evening/Weekend Adviser of the FD Department. Barbara has enjoyed teaching Precollege classes for 15 years and has taught FD courses in China as a visiting FIT Professor.
I give my students projects that encourage creativity and nurture their inane talent. I believe everyone has what it takes, all they need is patience and a guiding hand.
Barbara’s interest in Sustainable Fashion has revolutionized how Fashion Design students consider their environmental impact. Her pupils’ work has been featured at FIT’s annual Sustainability Conferences. She’s also proud to announce that she recently co-invented a nursing garment for a mother to wear while feeding her newborn baby. This product will protect the infant from accidental injury should the mother fall asleep.
My substitute professor taught us how to draw a basic blouse and skirt. I’ve always liked drawing but I never know how to fit it on a body and make it look real.
My experience with FIT so far is amazing. I love getting out of bed every Saturday and knowing I’m going to a class for my dream school. Prof. Cutting is a wonderful teacher and he helps everyone as much as he can.
I also entered a contest for pockets and purses. I designed a bathing suit and a backpack with little pockets in it, to keep wax for your surfboard or sunscreen sticks. It is so fascinating seeing your sketch on tracing paper and transferring it to marker paper, watching it come alive.
This contest was introduced March 17th. Three students from the who run the program took the class down to the museum to see how pockets and purses have evolved through the years.