Posted: Friday, January 16, 2009

Age: 13.

Courtesy Of Jodie Buck
Courtesy Of Jodie Buck

School: Dzantiki' Heeni Middle School.

Reason: "I went to a summer sewing camp to make friends and learn to sew, because I think quilts are really pretty. I love to sew because it's challenging and extremely fun!"

Experience: "I started on a sewing machine when I was 7 years old."

All in the family: "I have two great-aunts who I can sew with."

Art aspirations: "I'd like to sew more clothes and improve my skills in that area."

Activites: "I also love to run, snowboard, cook and read."

You should know: "I've been a vegetarian my whole life, and - I love the color purple! My friends are my favorite artists - they're really artistic. I like almost all forms of art. I'm more picky about music. I love '80s songs, though!"

Her Like Skills teacher, Jodie Buck, says: "When I think of Gabriella, I think "Purple" - Monochromatic, but so creative! She loves to sew and her love of the color purple inspires her. She is self motivated and encourages others to try new things. She sews at school, at home and has even participated in sewing opportunities at Raintree Quilting. In class, this semester alone, she has made several garments and is concluding her semester with curtains for her bedroom - They are purple, of course!"

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and done in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

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