#ChalkFIT 2018: the future on our walls

FIT Illustration students painting their #chalkfit panels
One section of the 7th Avenue #ChalkFIT wall nears completion

Hi, everyone!

Last week one of my favorite annual events went up on 7th Avenue: ChalkFIT. The walls of the Pomerantz (aka D) building have been divided up by the students in the FIT BFA Illustration program and each one got a panel to sketch. This year there’s a new twist: each panel has an augmented reality component.


FIT Illustration students' #ChalkFIT projects
Busy workday with lots of students polishing their #ChalkFIT panels on 7th Avenue

This year the theme is “The Future is…the Human Experience”. Each panel has accompanying videos which were then uploaded into Arilyn (an augmented reality software) by the professor. Download the app to your phone and then point it at the artworks to see the extra feature.

The Arilyn augmented reality app

FIT Illustration students working on #ChalkFIT
Students hard at work on the 28th street side of the Pomerantz Building



This year’s students were especially efficient. The project began the first week of October and the students had mostly finished up their panels by Monday, October 15th.




ChalkFIT finished panels on 28th st
28th street panels finished












One of the Illustration students has worked in the library’s Periodicals and Electronic Resources Department for several years. I watched Enza Indelicato working on her project several days.

FIT Illustration student painting #ChalkFIT project
Enza has her back to the street as she begins to lay down the colors for her panel.

Enza’s panel is on the corner of 7th Avenue nearest the 28th street side. It looks a little like her. I love how the drones above her look like flowers too.

FIT Illustration students working on their #ChalkFIT panels
Enza steps back to look at her classmates’ work

I have pictures of the finished work, but I find the ones where the students are working side by side, supporting each other while also getting their work done, to be the most interesting. Finished artwork takes time and persistence.

FIT Illustration students starting their #ChalkFIT projects
An early #ChalkFIT work day where everyone is out putting transferring their images to the walls
FIT Illustration students at work on #ChalkFIT
That awful sense of working hard when everyone else is finished




FIT students are both creative and driven. Usually, it’s tough to see this unless you’re in the classroom with them. But this is one project where you can watch the work they’ve put in.








Working on 7th Avenue turns out to be a social event in itself. Lots of passers by stopped to talk to the students.

Passer by chatting with FIT student about his #ChalkFIT work.
Passer by chatting with FIT student about his work.


ChalkFIT Student at work on partially hidden section of 7th avenue walls
Student at work on partially hidden section of 7th Avenue walls




These two panels are in a shaded corner of the 7th Avenue face, past the Pomerantz lobby:








Facing up 7th Avenue on one of the busy afternoons near the beginning of the project:

Facing up 7th Avenue while ChalkFIT students work
7th Avenue sidewalks are busy during the day, when most of the students worked on their panels
Enza Delicato with finished #ChalkFIT panel
Enza Delicato with finished #ChalkFIT panel





I hope each of the students took the time to get good photos of themselves with their work. This is Enza, showing off her finished panel.


#ChalkFIT panel finished

Be sure to check out the AR components of this row of fabulous FIT artwork!




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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone!

Hole & Corner magazine cover

This week’s MoW, Hole & Corner, is published 2 times a year, in Dorset, England. It was launched in 2013 by Sam Walton, an art director who worked at Vogue UK, Elle Decoration, and World of Interiors (not to be confused with the department store magnate from Oklahoma). His goal was to create a print space to celebrate the kind of makers he came across in his new home in rural Dorset, England. He described being fascinated with “the processes involved in creating products and even the length of time people had devoted to their trade or craft.”* With Hole & Corner, Walton wanted to shine some light onto “subjects that generally aren’t really reported with any style in the press.”*

Close up of the hands of potter Stephanie Buttle



This title comes from the same cultural impulse as Kinfolk and Frankie, focusing on a slower (richer?) lifestyle where people work with their hands. Walton self-consciously celebrates “craft, beauty, passion, and skill”**. Hole & Corner is more Brit-centric and more concentrated on professional makers and motivations than the other two. As with William Morris’ production dilemma, however, the makers featured here likely cannot afford to own the objects they’ve created. Consequently, this magazine had a tinge of Town & Country exclusivity about it.



Shelves in a ceramics workshop


Walton created a beautiful publication using his industry contacts, and deliberately choosing a larger format to highlight the photography. From a review in Esquire: “alongside titles such as Kinfolk, it heads a new genre of publications combining the rich visuals of style magazines with what you might call more thoughtful content.”**

The Hole & Corner website

*Coolhunting blog interview with Walton in 2013

**Esquire UK 2015 article on the fashion for handmade lifestyles


Colorful balcony with wrought iron railings

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Name game for new threads?

1830s corset ad
Read here about lingerie, size, beauty standards, and fashion history!

Hi, everyone,

Welcome back to Volumes & Issues. I’m working on a couple of big themes for this fall 2018/spring 2019 school year. These have grown from series I’ve written in the past, like Needles In the Stacks and Word-Worthy Women. I could especially use your help to name these new features.


Models displaying BeingU lingerie
Models displaying BeingU lingerie


The first subject grew from posts I’ve written about the lingerie market:

Volumes & Issues: Word Worthy Women: Inclusive Lingerie




Redbook cover featuring Melissa McCarthy

I’m taking on the Plus Size market:

I started with a plan to write about Ashley Graham and Melissa McCarthy’s offerings in the market, but since I began writing the subject is everywhere. Since it’s a busy topic in the fashion industry these days, my single post expanded into two or three posts:

One post will talk about how to research marketing statistics when looking for businesses to expand into.

The second post will talk about some of the designers moving into the market, and also touch on the topic of influencers.  This will include how the plus size market has come to be on so many people’s radar these days.


ocean's 8 actresses on premiere red carpet
Hollywood’s most famous actresses in cutting edge fashion for Ocean’s 8 premiere in NYC. Photo by Matt Baron for REX/Shutterstock.

The second series is especially near and dear to my heart. I’ve written a lot of fashion history for V&I in the last six years. I’ve long wanted those lists of “best books if you need patterns taken from original clothes” vs. “best books if you want critical research on historical context of the clothes” next to “best books for good introduction to a century or decade”. This is a great place to publish a series on researching fashion from different perspectives.  There are many approaches to clothing and fashion, but not all the resources are equally good. I’ll begin posting my choices in this new series.

I’m having a hard time with a name, though. Dress-a-Day is taken, as is Vexatious Vestments, Time-Traveling Tailor, and Sartorial Splendor. Unruffled Researcher? The Threads Thread? Threaded Histories? Help me come up with something good!

French revolutionary war print of women knitting
Women organizing to assist the French Revolutionary War
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