Introducing Precollege Workshop Blogger: Livia


“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” from Marilyn Monroe is an important quote to me because it reminds me that being true to myself is essential.

Who am I? I’m Livia Smolizza from Franklin Square, NY. I think that because I live on Long Island I fully appreciate the bright lights and tall buildings of New York City because where I live we don’t have many bright lights.

I get my fashion inspirations from old movies such as: Pillow Talk and How To Marry A Millionaire. I like black and white movies because they give me the opportunity to create with bold colors..

Painting is another one of my passions. I love painting landscapes and have just begun painting figures in my work. After taking a photography class at FIT I have started to paint my own original photos applying the techniques of great artists such as Monet and Van Gogh. My Van Gogh rendition was selected this fall to be apart of the Manhasset Public Library Art Gallery exhibit “Flowers.”

I love creating, whether it is fashion designs, making patterns, sewing original designs and painting. This spring I am enrolled in Jewelry Design: Wire Forming and Beaded Techniques I look forward to creating my first jewelry piece.

Look for my future posts to learn more about my work and me.


Instructor Spotlight: Karen Bachmann

KarenBachmannKaren Bachmann is a Professor of Art & Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has an MA in Art History from SUNY Purchase and a BFA in Sculpture & Metals from Pratt Institute. With over 25 years of experience creating fine jewelry, including several years on staff at Tiffany & Co., she has exhibited her own work globally. Her interest in obscure and arcane forms of personal ornamentation lead to her fascination for mourning jewelry, which is the basis of her thesis on memento mori and Victorian hairwork jewelry. She is currently working on a book exploring these themes.


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Professor Bachmann currently teaches:
HJD 032: Jewelry Design Studio II

Teaching Philosophy:
I believe in the exploration of materials combined with solid, finely attuned working techniques. Jewelry and small object design is a journey through which we can take everything from metals and gemstones to plastic, wood, and found objects and find our creative expression.


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On Precollege Programs:
The Precollege Program at FIT is a fantastic opportunity to work with some of the best industry professionals in our given fields and to learn from out rich and varied experiences. The energy of the classroom is a dynamic experience that is shared by student and professor alike. I encourage students to explore a variety of materials, both traditional and non-traditional, in order to best actualize their individual designs.

Industry Experience:
I have over 30 years of industry experience, ranging from working on staff at Tiffany & Co as a special order/custom jeweler to creating and selling my own branded line. In January, 2015, I gave a lecture/tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in support of their show “Death Becomes Her” on Victorian mourning jewelry.

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