Date: 3/1/2004 8:00:00 AM
PROFILE: WOOL WIN GIVES STUDENT THE ITCH TO COMPETE
You might say Adrianne Gammie, 21, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, is gifted with “shear” talent.
About 1,150 contestants entered the national competition, which has been held for the past nine years and is designed to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns. From those more than 1,000 entries, 52 were eventually selected as finalists, and 13 were then chosen as winners or runner-ups in various categories.
For the competition, Gammie created a wool ensemble consisting of a “chocolate-and-vanilla” dress and coat: An off-white, heavy crepe, wool dress with a fitted bodice and spaghetti straps, and a knee-length skirt with a dropped, chocolate-brown band at the waist. To accompany the dress, Gammie fashioned a sculpted, “cream-and-chocolate” checkered, houndstooth coat, also of wool. She modeled the garment herself in photographs and a video sent to the judges.
“This co-op is giving me the chance to experiment with new techniques and fabrics, to be involved in every stage of the creative design process,” explained Gammie. “That’s the best part about co-op and the competitions, along with the people I get to work with and learn from – it’s seeing something come together under your own hands. I really love to see it come together, to have an impact. I love making something beautiful that makes someone look and feel beautiful,” she added.
During the upcoming summer, Gammie – a student in UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning – will sew up her academic year with summer study in Nice, France, wanting to better her understanding of French language and culture because of that country’s leading role in the fashion world. Beyond that, she’s not sure what area of fashion she wants to work in when she graduates in two years. “That’s what I’m hoping the co-ops will help me with, to give me the experience so that I know where my talent and passion lay,” she said
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