“Rachel, can you remind me what your tip ‘make it work’ is about…or rather how it works, I forgot…”

Sure thing. I’ll tell you both what it’s about and how to apply it. First, I borrowed the phrase “make it work” from fashion consultant Tim Gunn, who says those words to his designers in the television program Project Runway.
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In the program, the contestants compete with each other to create the best garments. They are restricted in time, materials and theme. Their efforts are revealed to judges each week in a runway show. It doesn’t matter if a sleeve has to be hot glued to a model’s arm, when the time is up designers have to send their work down the runway. No matter what.

When you do a “make it work” round with your own project you want to remember to set tight parameters. Have something that must be done within a restricted amount of time. Depending on the project you choose you might want to also hold yourself to one topic, 3 colors, or one character in one scene. When the timer dings…your work goes down the runway. If you have threads hanging, too bad… “make it work.”

What project could you try a “make it work” round with?