Instructor Spotlight: Lisbeth Jimenez

Lisbeth Jimenez is an NCIDQ certified designer with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She joined the commercial firm TPGArchitecture in 2016, and has a background in residential and commercial interior design. In her daily work, Lisbeth challenges herself to produce exceptional, transformational design concepts, creating beneficial spaces that positively impact her clients and their environment. With an enthusiasm to take on any project, Lisbeth thrives on the creative process of solving complex design challenges. Her most recent contributions includes an accessible bedroom/bathroom for George to The Rescue — a home improvement TV show on NBC. Outside of work, Lisbeth participates in interior design pro-bono projects, and has designed spaces for a number of non-profit organizations such as the Bowery Mission Center and Restore NYC. Her efforts have been recognized across a number of publications such as Fast Company and Interior + Sources.

Lisbeth Teaches:
HSX 055 55B SUN: Exploring Interior Design
Fall Semester      Spring Semester     Summer Semester

Teaching Philosophy:
My goal is to inspire students to measure their success by the amount of difference they make. With Interior Design, we have the ability to change people’s lives with the environments we design. Let’s make a difference together while being creative.

Industry Experience:

  • TPGArchitecture- NY commercial firm
  • Integrated Service Learning Project- NY volunteer Interior Design services
  • Lembo Design- NY High-End Residential Firm

Work by Lisbeth Jimenez

Instructor Spotlight: Mary Robertson

Mary Robertson is a veteran publicist who has promoted many companies, brands and products, including fashion and accessories collections, books, and more recently subscription boxes. She has planned and executed public relations strategy for several companies and brands, including influencer activations and red carpet outreach to stylists and celebrities.

 

Mary Robertson teaches:
HSX 131:
Public Relations for Fashion: The Industry in Action
Fall Semester     Spring Semester     Summer Semester

Teaching philosophy:
PR in the broadest sense is selling — promoting the acceptance of ideas, the awareness of products and companies, or the adoption of practices.  Pitching effectively is a life skill that is widely beneficial in many contexts. We’ll also delve into what it’s like working for a brand in-house versus working for a PR agency which might inform pre-college students curious about a potential career path.

Industry Experience:
Much of Mary’s career was focused on the promotion of shoe brands.  She began representing Roger Vivier for Delman in the 1990s, and subsequently worked on Delman, Miss Trish, and several Nina shoe brands, as Director of Publicity for Nina Footwear,  covering every price point from luxury to volume sales.

At Nina, she posted social media, and planned and placed paid and earned digital initiatives, including a great many influencer activations, gaining an informed perspective on what types of promotion deliver return on investment for brands.

Mary has mentored a great many FIT Advertising, Marketing and Communications students as interns over the past decade, several of whom were hired for full time positions at Nina.

Instructor Spotlight: Linda Daly

FIT’s adjunct professor Linda Daly is an artist-designer whose multi-media work has been exhibited in the U.S and Mexico. After completing an MFA from the Instituto Allende, she went on leave from her Doctoral Studies at Columbia University to open an Atelier and Gallery in Soho, NYC.

Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching goal is to allow my students to have fun and excitement while creating their own designs in a modern screen print environment. Emphasis is on experimentation and originality.

 

Industry Experience:
Professor Daly designed visuals and banner designs commissioned by Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo, Missoni etc.
Fine Art pieces commissioned or exhibited by Henry Luce Foundation, Fritz Loman Gallery, Supernova, Peter Rose Gallery, Museum of American Folk Art etc.

She has also consulted with the United Nations on textiles and printmaking.

Professor Daly is currently working on a show that will open in 2020 in Soho, NYC.

Instructor Spotlight: Megan Madden

Self-portrait by Megan Madden

Megan Madden, an alumna Precollege student, is an Associate Photo Editor on Refinery29’s Photo Research team. During her course of study, Megan interned for MILK Studios, Refinery29, and Ecko Unltd. Post graduation she was an assistant at SkyPie Studios shortly before joining the Refinery29 Editorial Photo Team. Megan graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with her Bachelors in Photography in 2016.
Website:
www.megan-madden.com

 

Megan Madden Teaches:
HWE 011 55A Creative Careers: Photographer

Teaching Philosophy: 
Curiosity is key! No matter how strange or random, it’s important to explore your ideas and exercise your visual muscles because regardless of the outcome it will always be a learning experience to grow from. Exploring and executing your creative ideas only leaves room for more to come! 

Industry Experience:
Post-college Megan assisted a stop motion animator working on visual campaigns for companies like Fendi, W Mag and Walmart. She then went on to work for Refinery29’s Editorial Photo Team producing and photographing original content along with creating imagery for Smirnoff, Halo Top Ice Cream and Sephora. 

Photography by Megan Madden:

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.

 

Portfolio:
https://www.behance.net/hristov_k
https://kirilhristov.myportfolio.com/
Instagram: @kirilhristov_art

Kiril Teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
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

Artwork by Kiril Hristov: