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Gabrielle Dimaranan

THE ARTIST WITHIN: “I’m trying to encourage the art of building forts,” said Gabrielle Dimaranan after revealing she recently created a large one in her bedroom. She’s so serious about forts that she wrote a piece called “Fortlandia” for the fall issue of the student-driven I.V. arts magazine Word.

Imbued with an artistic flair, Dimaranan studied psychology at UCSB, but chose a career path in design instead. She was particularly inspired by an installation project she did for her college Street Art class that involved vinyl cutouts of famous people’s hair, inspiring quotes, and a public bathroom.

A self-taught graphic designer, Dimaranan joined The Santa Barbara Independent staff in June as an ad production designer. Welcome!

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