Archive for December, 2015

On the Cover: Winter 2015-2016

Natural Selection The serene, wintry windowscape on this issue’s cover, a digital painting with pencil-drawn components by Sam Kalda, Illustration MFA ’14, fictionalizes elements of his Greenpoint apartment. In fact, the expansive kitchen window that it’s based on looks out over “vinyl-sided houses and a maze of clotheslines,” not skyscrapers and a water tower. And…

25 YEARS OF TOY DESIGN AT FIT

Child’s play. We use that phrase to describe something simple, so easy that it’s hardly worth a second thought. But play is complex, profound, and one of a child’s most important jobs. Through play, kids learn, develop physically and emotionally, relate to others, and discover the world around them. Our favorite toys remain among our…

DON’T CALL ME A SNEAKERHEAD
For serious enthusiasts, sneakers are more than just a shoe obsession

“Whoa, cool sneakers!” a little boy shouts as Erika Schaefer, Performance Athletic Footwear Certificate ’14, poses for a photograph on a busy Queens corner. He, along with what look like his father and older brother, are wearing matching purple and orange high-tops. It’s unclear which pair of Schaefer’s sneakers he’s excited about. Is it the…

THE WORK OF ART
For Florence Lynch, Gallery and Retail Art Administration ’91, co-owning a Lower East Side art gallery is about more than selling paintings

If you’re seeking a guide to the art world, which can seem forbidding and arcane, Florence Lynch just might be perfect. A respected gallery owner,most recently of the two-year-old LYNCH THAM on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, she’s also an independent curator, critic, and lecturer. Lynch is fluent in five languages, and since the art milieu…

GHOSTS IN THE HOUSE
An anniversary exhibition at the Morris-Jumel Mansion illuminates colonialism’s effect on fashion

It’s a well-worn irony in fashion history circles that Dutch wax-resist textiles, securely identified with West African fashion, were originally neither African nor Dutch. The fabrics, with their vivid colors and distinctive cracked patterns, are in fact based on Indonesian batik prints. In the 19th century, Dutch and British colonial powers mass-produced knockoffs to sell…

A MILESTONE YEAR FOR DESIGN ENTREPRENEURS NYC
Interviews with the innovative program’s executive in residence and the 2015 winners

For the past four summers, the free, intensive Design Entrepreneurs NYC program, a collaboration between FIT and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has taught emerging designers how to grow their brands. Over three weekends, students learn how to put together a business plan, balance their books, and pitch their work with authority and…

What’s In (and Out) in Wedding Dresses

Here’s comes the bride, all dressed in…well, it’s complicated. The notion that women were expected to wear a white satin ball gown on their big day is now a quaint historical footnote. Today’s brides can wear whatever they please, even if it might result in the occasional grumbling granny. But there are definite bridalwear trends…

These Paintings Turn Selfies into Something Extraordinary

The selfie: instantaneous, ubiquitous, often hilarious, and utterly disposable. But Maria Tsaguriya ’09 sees value in those self-directed snapshots, noting parallels with portraits of yore. “Traditional portraiture was something that was only affordable to higher classes,” she says. “Technology has allowed us to take a picture just about anywhere, instantly immortalizing ourselves.” Unfortunately, she adds,…

ACTION!
Kenneth Jones
Film and Media ’16

You had quite a summer, traveling overseas for three months. You started in Western Europe? I was supposed to meet a girl in Paris, but she had a family emergency. I’m impulsive and spontaneous, so I started exploring on my own. I was painting, exchanging photographs. I met a lot of young filmmakers. Travel culture…