46, Los Angeles, CA, #DesignerAmy
When did you realize you had designer potential?
When I was in seventh grade. I could tell my “eye” and taste was way different than anything I was seeing.
What is your design training?
I earned a master’s of fine arts in fashion design, as well as a BFA of the same.
Strengths as a designer?
Versatility, experience and professionality.
Weaknesses as a designer?
If I discover a weakness, it becomes an opportunity. Never made a swimsuit? Time to figure out how! Don’t know good my skills at embroidery are? Let’s see!
How did you end up auditioning for “Project Runway”?
I got an email “inviting” an application. I had never really considered it for myself, but for some reason I texted the family right then and asked them if I should apply, thinking a quick, “What?! No,” would be the result. But they said yes rather fast, so I started the application. It took five days to complete, which was literally all that was left of the deadline. But I made it in time!
Challenge you wish they’d bring back?
It’s great when “real people” are incorporated like the prom challenge and the “All Star” one where they find a muse in Central Park. Fashion is interesting and appealing to more than just models.
Challenge you hope they don’t?
The one with the dogs–the show never needs to look silly just to be entertaining.
What’s your take on team challenges?
Necessary! Turns out the world is full of other people and you need to learn to work with them. Who knew?!! But seriously, creativity has many facets, and even though it is a competition, I think there is a lot that can be gained from working with your fellow participants, if you keep your attitude in check.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
We all have talent. We wouldn’t have made it to the cast if we didn’t. Therefore, I don’t think it is a matter of discovering who “has it” and who doesn’t, but rather who can keep on task and on point. As an educator and seasoned professional, I have a thorough set of relevant skills and experiences to draw from and the maturity to implement them.