Tape Project: 2012

For several years now I have given my Design II. students an assignment lovingly referred to as “the tape shoe project”. The project consists of creating a full size shoe using only masking tape. This year I decided to mix things up just a bit by adding two options to the assignment. Option #1: students may choose to use duct tape, and option #2: students may choose to use an object, other than a shoe, as a model. The results, besides the traditional shoes, included a dress, jacket, video game console, hat, and Lady Gaga’s shoe to name a few. Here are some of the finished projects:

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3 Responses to “Tape Project: 2012”

  1. 1 susan c hogan
    February 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    What a fantastic show!
    I started to imagine which students (after meeting most at Christmas Parade) created which piece.
    Was Starkey ‘man on bike? I will come up to see the works up close and personal in the window,
    Congratulations….this group is really good!

  2. January 8, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    This project is awesome! Looks like your students had a ton of success! Would you mind sharing your resources? I am interested in doing something like this in my Design 3 class. Thanks – ashley.parker@saisd.org or ajparker2509@gmail.com

    • January 8, 2018 at 4:57 pm


      I really never had any “resources”, other than I was doing a jurying gig at Penn State several years ago and saw a tape shoe sitting on a shelf. I looked it over and thought I could turn it into a project. When I got home I let the idea mellow for about s year before I actually sat down and wrote up the criteria.


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