Today, we celebrate! It has been a full year since I started, Stale Afternoon Sun, and while my immediate self can’t believe it has gone be so quickly, as I think on it a bit longer, I realize it has been one hell of a year! Good, bad, happy, sad. The days have flown by at times and crawled at others. I’ve collected so many experience in the past twelve months. From meeting new people, exploring cities around the world, moving to a new city and working what seems to have been about twenty different jobs. Sometimes life is exhausting. Sometimes I feel like I’m running in circles, working constantly with nothing to really show for it. But everything has a purpose and it’s up to the individual to draw meaning from everything one does. I know it will all come together in the end.
I have many exciting plans and goals for the new year. In my search for affordable classes, I stumbled upon a Bed-Stuy studio, Workroom Social. It’s run by an FIT graduate named Jennifer whose main goal is to share her skills and love of sewing, pattern making, textile design and screen printing with others. I have signed up for her flat pattern design course which is scheduled for August 3rd. Stayed tuned for a post dedicated to her business, a review of the class, my finished projects and all the great resources her studio, and her website have to offer! And if you just can’t wait, here’s a link to her site. Check it out for yourself!
I am also planning on applying to FIT’s associate degree fashion design program. I will reach residency status by early Spring 2015 so I will be applying to the program which begins next fall. I was kind of bummed that it was so far away, but then I read the requirements for admission. I have a lot of work to do! And if you are a New York resident looking to go back to school, LOOK AT CUNY AND SUNY SCHOOLS!! I was blown away by how affordable the pricing is for individual and associate degree classes. It is DEFINITELY something to take advantage of if you live here! You don’t even need to apply to take single classes, but as I want to complete a full program, I have to apply through the same requirements as undergrads. Here is the three part application:
PART ONE: Design Test
You will be required to create a mood/inspiration page for a selection of original mix-and-match garment designs. You will also be required to submit sketches of your original fashion design artwork.
PART TWO: Sewing Test
Prospective fashion design students are asked to submit photographs of garments they have sewn to demonstrate knowledge of construction. Originality, creativity, and design aesthetic are valued.
PART THREE: Written Essays
You will be required to provide a short essay (250 words or less). Please respond thoughtfully and note that your answers do not replace the essay/academic history that you are required to submit as part of your FIT/SUNY application.
So as you can see, in schooling alone, I have a pretty full plate for the year. I am also always looking for more relevant, full time work, I want to spend more time with my family, and go out more with my friends. I have plans on exploring parts of America that I have never seen, I have so many new neighborhood businesses to explore and share with you AND I haven’t even filled you in on my entire trip to Europe! But most of all, I would like to pay more attention to Stale Afternoon! This marks my 36th post since I began writing, and as there are 52 weeks in the year, I would like to at the very least, write one post per week in the coming year. And finally, a major thanks to all of you who continue to stay interested in my journey and continue to read! I have views from all over the world and seeing new countries pop up in my statistics is always very exciting! I hope you all stick around for another year!