Meet the Maker: Gabrielle Farina

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your duct tape prom attire.
Ryan and I are both students at the University of Michigan, where he’ll be a freshman and I’ll be a sophomore this fall. We knew we wanted to enter Duck brand’s Stuck at Prom contest as soon as we heard about it, because we knew it would make for a fun and memorable prom. As we discovered about halfway through the process of making our outfits, our 1920′s theme matched perfectly with the prom’s Great Gatsby theme! Our outfits won third place in the Stuck at Prom contest.

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What was the inspiration for your project?
The Art Deco style and way of life in the Roaring Twenties served as inspiration for our design. We modeled the dress after the period’s popular flapper dresses, and our contrasting color choices of gold and black reflect the era’s wealth and extravagance. For our own modern twist, we incorporated glow in the dark duct tape into the Art Deco designs.

How long did it take to create your project?
We worked on this project from February until May, and it took us a total of 59 hours and 12 rolls of duct tape to complete.

As a maker, what inspires you?
The feeling of accomplishment is what inspires us. Walking into prom wearing our completed outfits after working so hard on them was a feeling that no designer brand dress and tux could replace. Knowing we can make such elaborate creations with materials as simple as duct tape and scissors will always inspire us to push our limits and see what else we can make.

What are you most looking forward to at Maker Faire Detroit this year?
This is our first Maker Faire, so we’re looking forward to seeing all the amazing creations and meeting other makers!

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