I always tell my students to take a camera with them when they walk about in the city because you never know what youíre going to discover. Hereís an example: I noticed kids on the subway wearing do-rags, and then Iím looking through a high-end bridal magazine, and there in the Paris collections are bridal gowns with beaded do-rags, instead of the traditional veils or tiaras.
What moves me as a teacher is when I can make a difference in a studentís life. I had a student who was an investment banker and hated what he did. He told his associates heíd found this Fabric Styling program at FIT and they all told him he was crazy to give up investment banking. Of course, now they may be singing a different tune. He came into my program and now heís a trend forecaster for Cotton Incorporated. He made a complete career change and heís happy. He was one of those people who feel they have a creative impulse thatís not being satisfied, but they canít draw or paint. Once they have the right computer skills, they can do whatever they want. Drawing and painting only take you so far; what clients want are great concepts, big thinking.