Memories

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

 


Michael A. Joseph, II

Monday, November 14th, 2011
School of Mechanical Engineering ’88. 100th Year Graduating Class

Sculptor, millionaire, and philanthropist Mr. Alex Ettl helped me with a project in 1987 while I was at Pratt’s School of Engineering. While researching mold technology for a local brownstone restoration I identified Sculpture House as a source of knowledge. I arranged a meeting and visited the Manhattan studio. We were greeted by the huge copy of the statue “Behold, the only thing greater than yourself” Sculpted by Patrick Morelli, yet to be unveiled at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial in Atlanta. The spry 92 year old Alex explained that he had pioneered RTV rubber mold technology at Pratt in the 1930’s. (Our eyes widened!) He was very pleased that my partner Noga Kalinski, MFA, and I were in attendance at Pratt and offered his help free of charge. The polyester resin cornice modillions cast in my basement still stand today, 25 years later, on a Brooklyn Brownstone on vanderbilt Avenue near the school.

(Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)


Sasha Sumner

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Relationship to Pratt – Faculty
Year of memory – 2009
Location  – Road toward Cannoneer and back parking lots

Sometime between 2005 and 2009? There used to be a big beautiful tree, about 3 or 4 foot wide trunk, at the corner where you turn to go towards Cannoneer and the back parking lots. It was on the corner lawn of the end row house closest to the ARC building. You can still see a bit of the stump where it was sheered off near the ground. A magnificent tree, hundreds of years old? Supposedly it was cut down because it interfered with the visual line of the campus aesthetic? How could this happen, and at an art school? What was the real reason for cutting it down? I still think about that tree every time I pass by there.


Lois Berseth Hedlund

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Relationship to Pratt – Staff
Year of memory – 1964
Location – Memorial Hall

I was the Administrative Assistant to the head of the Food Science and Management Program. To interest high school students in the program, we ran a Sandwich Contest for High School Juniors and Seniors. We had several famous “food people” as judges and NBC News covered the event. I remember meeting James Beard at one of the events; I think it was this one, but not completely sure.


Arnold Simon

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

M.S. Communications Design ’77

In February, 1973, I was a student in the graduate Communications Design program. As part of an assignment to produce an autobiographical audio-visual presentation I took what I thought were artsy photographs of the Pratt campus. The photos may not be great, but I did get an A on the project for my creativity. Herewith, in 38-year-old faded Ektachrome, is some of the evidence.

 

 (Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)


Michael A. Joseph, II

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

School of Mechanical Engineering ’88. 100th Year Graduating Class

Sculptor, millionaire, and philanthropist Mr. Alex Ettl helped me with a project in 1987 while I was at Pratt’s School of Engineering. While researching mold technology for a local brownstone restoration I identified Sculpture House as a source of knowledge. I arranged a meeting and visited the Manhattan studio. We were greeted by the huge copy of the statue “Behold, the only thing greater than yourself” Sculpted by Patrick Morelli, yet to be unveiled at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial in Atlanta. The spry 92 year old Alex explained that he had pioneered RTV rubber mold technology at Pratt in the 1930’s. (Our eyes widened!) He was very pleased that my partner Noga Kalinski, MFA, and I were in attendance at Pratt and offered his help free of charge. The polyester resin cornice modillions cast in my basement still stand today, 25 years later, on a Brooklyn Brownstone on vanderbilt Avenue near the school.

(Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)


Cathy Laskiewicz

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

M.S. Package Design ’06

For Professor Marc Rosen’s Fragrance Packaging Research Workshop, we all strived to receive the Marc Rosen Graduate Scholarship for Packaging Design. We became eligible upon successful completion of a full-scale fragrance campaign (perfume bottle, display, secondary packaging and advertising). There would be an annual awards dinner, in which Mr. Rosen would recognize the scholarship winners along with honoring a significant contributor in the beauty industry. Mr. Rosen was so grateful to my class for our excellent work that he invited us to the dinner prior to the year of my class’s eligibility. For the following year, he invited the entire class again, even though only a handful of students could receive the scholarship. Both award dinners were delightful, and I got a chance to enjoy socializing with the students and other members of the Pratt family. Getting to meet Molly Sims the first year and Dustin Hoffman the second year at the dinner was the icing on the cake! My class also took part in a preview showcase of our work several months before the awards dinner, in which the media and executives from Clinique came to see our work. I appreciate Mr. Rosen’s generosity so much. He cares about his students so much, and is very gracious in showing it.

(Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)


Cathy Laskiewicz

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

M.S. Package Design ’06

I will always cherish the memories of working as a Teaching Assistant with Professor Chava Ben-Amos. I find her resilience, spirit and undeniable talent to be a source of endless inspiration for me. She is quite groundbreaking—surviving the Holocaust and becoming one of few women in our industry in a time when it was still dominated by men. In class, she shared treasured sketches and comps of work going back to the 60’s to present. It was fun for me to recognize her work for products like PermaSoft, which I used as a child in the 80’s, and remembered the design clearly! It goes to show how memorable her work is. She told me many interesting stories of her life and work experiences. I am so glad that she continues to teach at Pratt. She is truly a living legend in graphic design and packaging.

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Gerry Laytin

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
 
Was privleged to spend a year of Saturdays in a program for gifted kids in the NYC public school system when I was in 5th grade.I am so grateful for the year of multi-media work that I did along with several of my classmates.  A year of Saturday classroom instruction.  We were in elementary school, three of us, from PS 26.  I will never forget that time.  Lost my art after my sophomore year of college, let the passion slip away, and then this summer, painted a mural at a United Cerebral Palsy children’s center with the NFP artist’s group, Splashes of Hope.  And thought back to those Saturday mornings in Brooklyn at Pratt.  Thank you Pratt. l and Happy 125th!!!
 
(Submitted via 125.pratt.edu/memory_project)

Josephine Secopoulou

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Relationship to Pratt – Graduate student
Year of memory – 1991
Location of your memory – Pratt Studios

My most intense memory from Pratt Interior design graduate program is my thesis project and its presentation day. My thesis was “Thirteen-wnet.  An alternative use for New York Coliseum building”. I remember I took special permission from the chairman Gustav Rohrs because the building was huge and as an international student I had to finish design it during one semester. They really gave me all freedom and support to pursuit and finish my topic. Weeks without sleeping but happy I did it. During presentation (photo A) the class was full from professors and students. Gus Rohrs, David Nahon, Martha Carder, Jim Morgan and couple others I cannot remember judge my work. They gave me an “astonishing A!” and my thesis work was part of the Pratt Puck building show after a month (photo B: my roommate E.J.Lee and myself in front of my thesis). Pratt also honored me with the “Harold Leeds award for excellence in interior design” on a special ceremony before graduation. (photo C: with my parents at Pratt holding the award)