Tutor Autobiographies

tutor working with a student

Abigail Brooks
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
(Textile/Surface Design in progress)
Subjects:  Art History, Mathematics, Textile Design, Textile Science
Advice for Students: Look around you and allow yourself to be inspired.  Your coursework will become an outlet for you. 

Christine Yeh
BFA, Fashion Institute of Technology (Computer Animation and Interactive Media)
Subjects: Computer Graphics, 3D software, Mandarin Chinese
Advice for Students: Aim high and be patient.

Deborah Clark
BA, Fashion Institute of Technology (Fashion Design)
Subjects: Fashion Design, Computer Graphics
Advice for Students:  Follow your dreams and don't step on others as you grow because you will meet them again. Be the better-spirited person.

Gabrielle Caroselli
BA, Brooklyn Collegen (Philosophy), AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology (in progress)
Subjects:  Interior Design, Software Programs
Advice for Students:  Always remeber that you are capable of success.

Jane Talcott
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design (Textile Design)
Subjects:  Textile Design woven/prints, Computer Graphics
Advice for Students:  Keep a sketchbook, develop your vision, play with software tools without an agenda for short periods consistently. Watch tutorials and investigate the marketplace and exhibitions.

Joan Melnick
MS, New Paltz, SUNY (Art Education)
Subjects:  Interior Design
Advice for Students:  Learning to use different media will give you the tools to express your design ideas.  The variety of media taught at FIT will allow you to choose that which you feel comfortable to use.

Johnny Ng
BFA, Fashion Institute of Technology (Computer Animation and Interactive Media); MFA, School of Visual Arts (Computer Arts)
Subjects: Computer Animation, Graphic Design
Advice for Students:  Study hard, have a lot of patience, and be creative.  Also, pursue some of your education outside of FIT because that will open you up to even more opportunities.

Kerry Gibbons
BS, Georgetown University, MFA California Institute of the Arts
Subjects:  Mathematics, Fashion Design, Illustration, Computer Software
Advice for Students:  Get organized and your workload will become much more manageable.

Lu Gomezdela Torre Clavel
AAS, Laguardia Community College (Math and Science); BS, Fashion Institute of Technology (Textile Development and Marketing)
Subjects: Italian, Spanish, Philosophy, Textiles
Advice for Students: Always be positive and never give up.  There is nothing that is impossible.  You just have to keep focus and work with dedication.

Russell Jenkins
BA, Rutgers University (Economics)
Subjects:  Economics, Mathematics, Microsoft Office
Advice for Students:  Allow yourself to think of your course work (especially those classes which are required but not directly related to your major) as the "broader tapestry/medium" in which you have to work and create. 

Sae Matsumoto
BA, Doshisha University (Aesthetics and Art Theory)
Subjects:  Japanese, Art History
Advice for Students:  " A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Take it easy and let's learn together!

Tessa Kent
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology (Fashion Design, in progress)
Subject:  Fashion Design, Art History, Psychology
Advice for Students:  Never be afraid to take risks or make mistakes. Sometimes you learn the most from your mistakes.

Uyen Truong
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology (Fashion Design)
Subject: Computer Software, Technical Design
Advice for Students:  Don't be afraid to experience new things.  Be patient, be creative, look at different perspectives and have fun learning!

Wilfred Hu
BS, Fashion Institute of Technology, (Fashion Business Management, in progress)
Minors, Communication Studies, Economoics, Ethics and Sustainability, Mathematics
Subject:  FBM, Mathematics
Advice for Students:  Sometimes the work you have to do at FIT can be very hard and you feel like you are falling behind. Just keep studying, and practicing and ask for help if you need it. You will do just fine.