Faculty

A History of Sneakers

Sneakers have evolved since the Gibson girl donned a pair to go ride her newfangled bicycle at the turn of the century.  No longer only worn by athletes on the court and kids in the schoolyard—sneakers are ever-present in fashion.  Designers embellish athletic footwear with luxury details previously reserved for couture clothing, and performance footwear…

EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN
Associate Professor Praveen Chaudhry’s images of nomads and weavers in Tibet and Kashmir offer a glimpse of a vanishing world

For generations, nomadic tribes in Kashmir and Tibet have shepherded the goats that provide cashmere and pashmina fibers for local weavers. In recent decades, these areas have become militarized zones—China occupies Tibet, and Kashmir has a bleak record of human rights violations, with some 70,000 killed in the last 20 years. By definition, nomads have…

FANTASTIC VOYAGES
FIT’s Fulbright Scholars studied all over the world. Here’s what they learned

In the prestigious Fulbright Program, scholars travel around the world to do research and carry out projects that improve understanding between nations. Some grants last a few weeks; others may be extended over years. FIT currently has nine faculty members and administrators who have benefited from various types of Fulbright funding, and who have, in…

WATER WORLD
The jaw-dropping underwater photography of Assistant Professor Keith Ellenbogen helps preserve marine wildlife

Keith Ellenbogen’s extraordinary images, featuring endangered animals and plants in marine settings, help the viewer feel connected to the world beneath the sea and to fragile ecosystems worth saving. “I try to show there’s a social, environmental, or conservation angle in photography,” says Ellenbogen, an assistant professor of Photography at FIT. “You begin to care;…

Fresh Points of View

For the second year in a row, FIT presented New Views, a curated selection of work by FIT’s renowned School of Art and Design faculty in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. The exhibition included more than 90 works, including masks, photographs, collage, interactive media, and apparel. New Views ran from March 7 to 22.…

The Art of Craft

I make applied art,” says Wendy Yothers, assistant professor of Jewelry Design. “Everything has a use.” Yet there’s nothing remotely utilitarian or ordinary about her work, pieces of which have been purchased for the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Vatican Museums. She’s incised intricate moiré effects into knife blades…