I'm not a fan of reality shows at all...except Project Runway, whose new season begins tonight. It takes me back to art school days...well art school on speed. I don't think I ever had to complete major projects under such time constraints. What I love about the show is the variety of challenges to be completed. They stretch the mind and sometimes the talents and abilities of the designers. My favorites have been the outfit from grocery store items and the re-design of the postal workers uniforms.
I root for the 'I taught myself to sew' crowd for awhile but then they inevitably hit a wall where self education and resourcefulness can't make up for training. Then I root for a combination of most talented and likable. I'm not a fan of the folks with claws and fangs.
As an artist I think Project Runway fires up that spark in me to look at things differently and see all sorts of ways to accomplish a task. Of course the ever present mantra...make it work cheers me on! I should probably have that sign posted in the studio.