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Love Your Library 2013: Taking Flight

Taking Flight
Credit: Katie Kerpel, Illustration, 2013

Love Your Library

Taking Flight

Spring/Fall 2013


Financial Aid Awareness Month
Making 3D Printing Accessible, Personal and Inspiring
Beyond the Classroom: Getting to Know Your FIT Professor
Feather in Your Cap! From FIT to the Fashion Industry
Taking Flight with Finnish Fairytale 
Tech Styles: From Code to Couture


Tech Styles: From Code to Couture
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013; 6pm - 7pm
Location: Pomerantz, Katie Murphy Amphitheater

Description: Faculty and students are invited to a presentation by designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti on the world's first fully articulated 3D-printed gown. Designed for style icon Dita Von Teese, the dress was printed by Shapeways, a world leader in the 3D-printing movement. Forward thinking science intersects with beauty and classicism in this historic dress.



Recommended links:
The World's First Fully Articulated 3-D Printed Gown
3-D Gown by Michael Schmidt Studios


This event is open to members of the FIT community and to the public.


Taking Flight with Finnish Fairytale
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013; 5pm - 6pm
Location: Lagary Board Room, Feldman Center, C903.

Description: Meet fashion designer Mai Niemi and listen to her speak about her company Finnish Fairytale of Kauniainen, Finland. She will present her current knitwear and discuss her business and design inspiration with the FIT community. This event is open to the public.

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Financial Aid Awareness Information Table
Dates: Monday - Thursday, February 4 - 7, 2013; 12pm - 2pm
Location: Library Lobby, Goodman Center, 5th floor
Description: Learn more about financial assistance to continue your education.


Making 3D Printing Accessible, Personal and Inspiring
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013: 1pm - 2pm
Location: John E. Reeves Great Hall, Conference Center

Description: Faculty and students are invited to a presentation by Duann Scott of Shapeways, the world's leading 3D printing marketplace and community.

Duann will be presenting an overview of 3D printing technologies, materials and processes along with social ramifications for artists, designers and businesses through case studies from the Shapeways community of over 220,000 people around the world.

Duann is an Industrial Designer, writer and researcher specializing in the democratization of product design through online digital fabrication.

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Beyond the Classroom: Getting to Know Your FIT Professor
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013; 1pm - 2pm
Location: Pomerantz D517

Description: The FIT community is invited to join three FIT professors as they discuss their work and passions outside the classroom.

Panelists Include:

Patrice GeorgeTextile Development and Marketing
Patrice George, an assistant professor specializing in Woven Textiles, in the Textile Development and Marketing Department, is also a part-time graduate student in Fashion and Textile Studies. Her "spare time" is filled with fashion history research, textile conservation projects, exhibition planning, mannequin dressing, and the cataloging of historic costumes and textiles. Off campus, Patrice plays fiddle for Scandinavian folk dances in New York. She fell in love with both the folk music, and textiles of Scandinavia, as an exchange student to Sweden many years ago. Both arts have remained an essential part of her life ever since.

John NickleIllustration
John Nickle has been an adjunct instructor in the FIT Illustration Department for two years and is also a free-lance illustrator. Best known as a children's book illustrator he is also an editorial and book cover artist. He currently is the subject of a solo exhibition at the 92ndStreet Y, John Nickle: Selected Illustrations 1988-2012. At a time when more and more illustrations are produced on computers, he still creates most of his work by hand, although he now occasionally integrates computer-generated elements into some of his editorial images. John is a master of his craft whose rendering skills are reminiscent of the golden age of illustration in the 1950s. His primary medium, acrylic paint on paper, allows him to work quickly to develop images that are rich, complex and colorful.

Kingsley ParkerCommunication Design
Kingsley Parker has been a full-time faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology's Communication Design program for the past fifteen years. Outside of the FIT community, he is an active multimedia artist who most recently held his 'Up River' exhibition at The Museum at FIT. Kingsley's love of the Hudson River and the New York scenes that run from Manhattan to Troy was evident in this multifaceted exhibition. He is currently focused on older industries along the Hudson that, though faded now, were once the prosperous economic hub for communities up and down the river. He makes sculptures, drawings, and prints to represent these once thriving industries.


Feather in Your Cap! From FIT to the Fashion Industry
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013; 5pm - 6pm
Location: Pomerantz D523

Description: Fashion Design Alumnus Makoto Takada (Studio Director/Senior Designer, Thakoon, New York) will discuss how FIT helped him prepare for the field of fashion, give successful job hunting strategies and talk about his work experience.

Fashion Design Alumna Vasumathi Soundararajan (founder and designer of KEN WROY Men's Underwear) will discuss how she started her own company and will share tips and pointers for entrepreneurs.

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