Arta Ajeti’s work, (senior in the Illustration program) was selected as the inaugural artist for a new regular column in the Sunday Review section of the Times, which will feature columns written and illustrated by college students.
In celebration of a new gallery showing in room 806 in 2 West 13th Street, the Illustration department’s peer mentors Kristin Gormley, Robin Yao, and Emily Borges put up a fabulous skate deck show. Select students were asked to revamp a blank skate deck in the correlation to the theme of the show:
“Students are asked to reflect on the notion of travel through poetry and typographic design. Each student was given a deck and asked to choose a poem to depict.”
The goal for after the show is to pair up with DT students and have the decks sent out into the world to fully realize the idea of travel. Where the decks will be found by a passerby and be asked to use the deck in what ever manner as they take photos and hashtag “parsonseightrium”. In this way the students hope to track the decks with a GPS tracker as it goes around the world, following it’s journey.
Sam Shumway with his skatedeck
Stop by during the week to see the show in all it’s glory and lets give a big shout out to the artists that participated in this exhibition:
Amanda Chung, Kristin Gormley, Ingrid Yiu, Angela Chen, Elena Lloyd, Elijah Maura, Sam Shumway, and Jordan Nevins.
If you are a current student who will be a Junior or Senior for the 2016-2017 academic year, this is for you! The Jay Kennedy Scholarship deadline is quickly approaching. If you haven’t already, please download the application form from here. For the complete guidelines and terms for entry, check out the details here. This is FREE money that you don’t wanna miss out on. Best of luck!
Ryan: The big question everyone should have an answer to: Why are you an illustrator? What inspired you or made you decide that this was a lifestyle you’re most interested in?
Arta: Well I’ve always drawn from a young age. I think maybe it’s to do with my name because I have art in my name, haha. Yeah, from a young age I was always like I’m going to be an artist. Initially I was going to go into Fine Arts, but then realized it wasn’t really me.
Ryan: Who’s your favorite illustrator and why?
Arta: This is a tough one… I really like Moonassi. I got really into his work; his use of negative and positive space, and I think that sort of shows in my work actually. He’s my favorite at the moment, but I have quite a few random inspirations that I find. There’s one guy, Owen Gent, who paints really beautifully and I really want to paint like him, so I’m gonna try next semester to do more work kind of in his style.
Ryan: What do you always have with you (despite the essentials: phone, wallet, etc.) that you can’t leave home without?
Arta: I have a fish eye camera that I take. I don’t really take photos with it often, but when I really want to use it I do and I make a point of taking it with me. I’m getting back into photography, because I was really into it when I was sixteen, but it sort of fizzled out. I make a point of doing it now.
Ryan: Weirdest thing you’ve ever drawn or put into your sketchbook?
Arta: Haha, let me think about this… I use to have a scrapbook that I put random things in. I should do that again actually, because that was fun. I just have random nights out and stick things in there, like tickets and memorabilia.
Ryan: It’s 3am in the morning, you know you’re gonna have to pull an all-nighter to get your project done for critique that day and you just had your seventh cup of coffee; in your delirious state of exhaustion you hallucinate the ghosts of Illustration past, present, and future. Who would these ghosts be and what would they say to you?
Arta: Quentin Blake would take me back to when I was a kid reading Roald Dahl, and first realising I wanted to be an artist. He would remind me of a time where making art was a care-free experience. Our very own 3D teacher Glenn LaVertu would probably be the ghost of the present, because Glenn. He would say ‘why are you using the wrong glue?’. The ghost of illustration future would be the finished assignment, telling me I can complete it in time. At that point I would notice I was hallucinating and probably make a note to call a psychiatrist the next day.
Ryan: Which do you relate more to and why? Edvard Munch’s The Scream or Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory?
Arta: Oh definitely the latter, haha. I mean I love surrealism and Dalí is my man. I don’t know I’m less expressionistic; I like the surreal and weird. His (Dalí) mind is always fascinating to me.
Join us this Wednesday for a live event at the NYU Moleskine store to celebrate the Parsons-Moleskine Collaboration in an informal talk.
Hear from the participants about the process behind the creations for #WanderingMind.
The first 5 to come in with RSVP receive a free #WanderingMind Limited Edition Notebook by artist & Parsons alumni Noe Paparella.
All atendees will receive a 20% discount* during the event. RSVP here.
Moleskine Store – NYU New York 75 University Place New York, NY 10003
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Noe Paparella’s winning designs
“The hardest decision to make when it comes to this kind of project is whether you should pursue your own style or if you should match the style of the brand,” said Noe Paparella, winner of the Parsons School of Design/Moleskine project, a competition that challenged 51 seniors from Parsons’ BFA in Illustration program to design a cover for a Moleskine cahier journal and bellyband using the prompt #WanderingMind. “In my case, it wasn’t so complicated because my aesthetic is aligned with Moleskine’s aesthetic.”
Paparella’s design has been produced and will start being sold Aug. 14 exclusively in Moleskine’s store at 75 University Place, just a few blocks from The New School’s University Center (New School students receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases at the store).
Students responded to the prompt #WanderingMind in myriad different ways, designing illustrations that range from the whimsical to the literal, the organic to the geometric, and the minimalistic to the ornate. However, there is a common thread running through each of the designs: a passion for exploration.
Steven Guarnica, Associate Professor of Illustration, said the project provides students with the opportunity to design a product for a company that is “intrinsic to their lives.”
“Besides being a cultural artifact with a high profile in the creative industry, the Moleskine notebook is something students actually use—something that they are deeply invested in,” he said. “Even though students fully embrace the digital age, the sketch book and the pen is still the starting point for everything that we do.”
Read the full story about the project here on The New School News, but come Wednesday to ask questions and get yourself a Moleskin!
Fernando Sarmiento, originally from Venezuela is a senior studying Illustration. He enjoys exploring fantasy and sci-fi through narrative, symbolism and character design, with an inclination for children’s illustration.His mediums of preference include but is not limited to: Graphite and color pencils, microns, oil and acrylic paints, polymer clays, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Welcome back, students! While we hope you are enjoying your new classes for the fall semester, we are excited to announce the scheduled sessions for Open Figure Drawing at the University Center (Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Avenue), Room 619.
Open figure drawing is open to all Parsons students and faculty with a New School issued ID to enter the building. All that we ask is that you come with your own tools of choice and clean up after yourself before you leave. There are only 16 seats available however, participating students and faculty may come and go as they please.
The sessions run from 4:00-6:00 and from 7:00-9:00
Here are the dates to watch out for during this semester!
October 3rd and November 28th are holidays, so there will not be a drawing session.
Congratulations to four illustration Students on having their artwork featured on the cover of the Commencement Pamphlet this year. Those students are Beth Zimmerman, Shahena Zaveri, Sarah Bibel, and Jessica Yuen.
The Commencement Cover Project was a collaboration between the Professional Practice course offered by the Illustration Program at Parsons and the Communications and External Affairs office (CEA) at The New School.
Under the tutelage of the Professional Practice Professors, Caty Bathaolomew, Viktor Koen, Niel Swaab and Wendy Popp students worked with the CEA art director Ed Pusz to have their work showcased!
Art, Media, and Technology
The Illustration program at Parsons School of Design teaches students to be exceptional visual communicators. Program graduates confidently pursue multifaceted careers, creating editorial illustration, comics and graphic novels, picture books, motion graphics and animation, toy and product design, pattern and surface design and gallery art.
Parsons School of Design
2 W. 13th, Room 806
New York, NY 10011