Student and Alumni Feature: Adrian De Propertis

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Adrian De Propertis is a Digital Artist, Graphic Designer and Product Designer currently studying at Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is originally from Melbourne, Australia, where he studied at Deakin University, recorded and performed in metal bands, and trained in acting and film production. He received an opportunity to study design at Pratt Institute and quickly discovered that he had a talent for creating art, photography, motion design and illustration. So far Adrian has truly enjoyed his life in New York City and feels a deep connection to this city since moving here. Keep reading to learn all about Adrian’s experiences as a Pratt student, his exceptional art and design work and the lessons he has learned throughout his career in the creative world.

Pratt SCPS: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Adrian De Propertis: Picasso may have said good artists borrow, great artists steal. I create mood boards on Pinterest often collecting information on color, illustration and motion and draw inspiration from films, music and literature. I look at art and installation everywhere and pay attention to what excited me. I really enjoy digital design and illustration. I’m a big film and music buff and love movies like Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, Lawrence of Arabia to name a few. I love reading when I can and I’m a big Dune fan. I love music, and used to be a vocalist for a metal band in Melbourne. I have a lot of dark influences from Punk Rock, Metal and Hardcore music, but am also a huge Indie, Shoegaze & New Wave fan.

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Pratt SCPSWhat motivated you to pursue a career in digital design?

Adrian De Propertis: I feel as though I can express myself through design to really show a part of me. Someone once told me not to die with my music still in me. Design is art and a piece of me pours onto the canvas. I get immense gratification for hard work well done. I can use my technical direction skills along with my vision to communicate and evolve ideas to an even greater level. I enjoy the practical and technical aspect of designing products that can change people’s lives.

Pratt SCPSWhat would you consider the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in pursuing this aspiration?

Adrian De Propertis:  Sometimes it’s a challenge to work and study at the same time, which means sacrifice and hard work in a competitive city. But I’m doing what I love and feel blessed in spite of the realities of paying bills. This has taught me to prioritize my time and never to settle or sell myself short.

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Pratt SCPSWhat part of the Pratt experience do you reflect on the most? If you’re still a student what courses have been the most influential?

Adrian De Propertis: Illustrator class and Photoshop really changed my life. I learned skills that I never knew I had. My teachers encouraged and had faith in me. I’m also learning the complex art of motion graphics on after effects and delving deeper into SFX plugins like trapcode and 3D tools to benefit me in the future.

Pratt SCPSWhat advice do you have for creative professionals who desire to launch their own art and design careers or companies in the future?

Adrian De Propertis: If you really want something you have already told the universe you want it and it’s on its way to you. That’s kind of why they say never to give up because success does happen! Define yourself and don’t let anyone tell you what you are or your worth or what your limitations are. Discern what matters, focus on your goals and create. Networking is also essential. I give out at least a couple of business cards a week. I go to meetup events, and talk to people. Work that Instagram too, look at other designers and artists out there, and Pinterest is also very useful. Never give up, believe in yourself and make it happen. I’m grateful because Pratt has given me the skills, training, knowledge and experience to be a success!

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To learn more about Adrian and his work,  check out his website, AdrianDepp . Make sure to follow both Pratt SCPS and Adrian De Propertis on social media.


Perfumery and the Evolution of an Industry

Photo: Courtesy of Christin Hume

Over the past half century,  the  fragrance and perfumery industries have gone through periods of both growth and transformation, but none more immense then these last ten years. According to a recent market research report conducted on the current landscape of the global fragrance industry,  shifting consumer demands are playing a key role in the development of new fragrance products and perfumes. These changes are challenging perfumers, fragrance brands and fashion companies to rethink their product development and marketing strategies.  One of these key consumer demands is the  necessity for more transparency in product manufacturing, packaging and marketing.

Transparency has become a vital concern for consumers across industries. When it comes to the fragrance industry it’s not enough to have a product that smells incredible.  Today’s consumers are interested in the details. Specifically the science behind the perfume (ingredients), the product manufacturing process and information about each of the individual perfumers. It’s not enough to launch a new perfume under a historic brand name, consumers want to know: What was the idea and inspiration behind each scent? What are the ingredients? As well as was it created using sustainable  methods? It’s more important now more than ever for fragrance brands to adapt to these shifting demands.

Accompanying the growing need for transparency in product development and marketing, is the groundbreaking transition towards more diversity in the fragrance and perfumery fields. The 21st century is seeing more and more women from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds making waves in the global fragrance industry. Allure Magazine recently published an interesting editorial analysis on this shift towards more diversity in the fragrance industry. In their article, The Changing Landscape of Perfumery, they make note that, “For the first time in memory, women are occupying a slew of top spots in the fragrance industry.” This is a major milestone for women across the board because historically women were not at the forefront of the fragrance industry.  The core of the rationale behind this relates to the history of perfumery in different regions of the world and in  particular in France.

Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Sikkema

Historically perfumery used to primarily be a family business  managed predominately by men. Things began to change as family businesses turned into global brands and corporations. Which gave women more access to the perfumery field. As the industry continues to grow and expand the hope is to see more of a transition towards diversity and inclusion.

At Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) we strive to keep up with the changes and innovations occurring throughout the perfumery and fragrance industries. For many years we’ve collaborated with the acclaimed and renowned Cinquième Sens, a leading perfumery school in France, to offer an exceptional Advanced Perfumery Certificate Program  which prides itself on being at the forefront of the advancements and transitions shaping the fragrance industry.

Students enrolled in the perfumery certificate program are presented with the opportunity to dive into the field of perfumery through an extensive and exploratory certificate taught by outstanding and esteemed faculty members who possess decade’s worth of experience within the perfumery field. The objective of our perfumery certificate program is for students to not only receive a superior perfumery education, but to acquire the expertise and knowledge to apply their education into a fruitful career in the creative world.

Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Sikkema

As the fragrance industry continues to transform and expand, it will be necessary for the established perfumers and fragrance manufacturers as well as the new generation of perfumers to learn how adapt to this changing landscape. There is a significant demand to integrate transparency in product development, distribution and advertising. As well as a growing need for perfumers to be more transparent about who they are, where they’re from and what in particular inspired the creation of their fragrance products.

Around the City this Spring and Summer

Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat Exhibition, Courtesy of The Guggenheim

As the international center of art, media, business, and culture, New York City has uniquely positioned itself as the place to be in order to make big things happen. This sprawling metropolis is not only known for producing some of the world’s greatest artists, architects and designers, but it has a way of magnetically drawing masters in these fields from far and wide to its streets for opportunities to network, study, exhibit, or simply explore.

At Pratt’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, we believe an art and design education is an exceptional resource to have at your disposal, however, learning isn’t limited to just the classroom. There is so much available to explore and experience in New York City. Here’s a roundup of ten must-see exhibitions and events taking place this spring and summer around the city.

1. Simone Leigh: Loophole of Retreat

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: April 19 – August 4, 2019

This past Fall, the Guggenheim announced Simone Leigh as the recipient of their 2018 Hugo Boss Prize, whose work will be on display this spring – summer season at the museum. Simone Leigh is an acclaimed African-American female artist whose resume spans the fields of sculpture, video, performance and programming. She is the first artist of African descent to win this award and her exhibition, Loophole of Retreat,  currently featured at the Guggenheim, examines the black female experience as well as the history of black female labor and resistance.

2. Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s

Whitney Museum: March 29 – August 2019

Color is the palate of our existence. From generation to generation painters and artists have been able to use color to redefine the way we experience the world that surrounds us. This summer at the Whitney Museum of American Art, take a journey back to the 1960s with, Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s. This exhibition is a must-see for all types of creatives and will be on display at the Whitney through August.

3. Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die (Punk Graphics, 1976 – 1986)

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD): April 9, 2019 – August 18, 2019

Imagine taking a journey back to the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, when provocative punk rock designs and art work made their mark on the underground art and music scene in big cities. The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) takes you on such a journey this summer with their exhibition, To Fast to Live, To Young to Die. Rediscover the artistry of punk  graphics and illustrations and the legacy this era had on contemporary art and design through the vantage point of this exhibition.

The World Between Empires Exhibition, Courtesy of The Met Museum

4. The World Between Empires: Art and Identity In The Ancient Middle East

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Now – June 23, 2019

Embark on a voyage back in time with The World Between Empires exhibition at The Met this June. This exhibition  features pieces from museums from around the world and draws parallels between the cultural, religious, and historical traditions that influenced the jewelry, sculptures, paintings, and ceramics from the period of the Roman and Parthian Empires.

5. Non-Stick Nostalgia: Y2K Retrofuturism in Contemporary Jewelry

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD): March 21 – July 21, 2019

This summer visit MAD Museum for an exhibition that examines the complexity of the many realities we experience in the post Y2K era. Non-Stick Nostalgia  is currently on display at MAD Museum through the end of July and features  the work of twenty-six contemporary jewelry artists from around the world. Showcasing  jewelry pieces that explore not only the tension between the virtual and the physical, but how different textures like plastic have informed the way we conceptualize design.

6. Garry Winogrand: Color

Brooklyn Museum: May 3 – December 8, 2019

Come view this collection of rarely seen color photographs shot by acclaimed American photographer, Garry Winogrand at the  Brooklyn Museum this summer. This exhibition, titled Garry Winogrand: Color, explores Winogrand’s expeditions through New York City and beyond from the viewfinder of his camera. Documenting the experiences of Americans during the 1950’s – 60’s and the cultural and social movements that defined those time periods.

7. Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee

The Met Breur: June 4 – September 29, 2019

On June 4th, The Met Breur will be exhibiting Phenomenal Nature, an exhibition showcasing the work of Indian artist and sculptor, Mrinalini Mukherjee. This exhibition will feature sixty pieces by this exceptional female artist and illuminate how greatly the natural world influenced her work throughout her lifetime.

Photo by Ben Gancsos, Courtesy of The Whitney Museum

8. Whitney Biennial 2019

Whitney Museum of American Art: May 17 – September 22, 2019

It’s that time of year again, when the Whitney Museum brings together a group of highly talented artists to showcase and exhibit their work through the Whitney Biennial 2019. This year’s Biennial will feature a group of over seventy five diverse contemporary artists from around the globe, whose work includes paintings, film and video, photography, installations, performances and much more.

9. CAMP: Notes on Fashion

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: May 9 – September 8, 2019

This past May, The Met Costume Institute presented their spring 2019 fashion exhibition CAMP: Notes on FashionWhich will features the work of contemporary fashion designers and brands, through an exploration of ‘camp’ as a fashion aesthetic. Almost two hundred pieces will be on display, ranging from menswear and womenswear, to painting, drawing and sculptures. This innovative exhibition will be on display through September.

10. Roger Brown: Virtual Still Lifes

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD): May 2 – September 15, 2019

Explore the world through the eyes of Roger Brown this summer at MAD Museum. This exhibition will feature a collection of Brown’s paintings created during the final chapter of his art career. As noted by MAD, “the exhibition lays out Brown’s process through the objects he collected and the spaces he created for and with them.” Painters and Illustrators alike will especially get a kick out of attending this event.

In addition to these amazing events taking place across this city, check out Pratt Institute’s events calendar to see what’s happening this spring and summer at Pratt SCPS and across both Pratt campuses.