Tim Gunn reveals his philosophy behind “Make it work!” in this Time Out interview:
Q: Do people make you say â€œMake it workâ€ all the time?
Tim Gunn: More frequently theyâ€™ll ask me to say, â€œWhereâ€™s Andre?â€ or â€œWhat happened to Andre?â€ But people tend to shout at me, â€œMake it work!â€ It happened coming into this building.
Q: Do you sometimes wish that maybe you had a different phrase?
Tim Gunn: No! I love â€œmake it work.â€ Itâ€™s so good in the classroom for my students. If something isnâ€™t going well, students are always inclined to put it aside and start over again. And I maintain that you donâ€™t really learn anything that way. If you can take something that isnâ€™t working well, and you can wrestle with it, move it to a new level and have it succeed, you learn so much from that. My students can run back to the store and buy a different fabric or a different color, but the Project Runway designers are stuck. They really have to make it work, and I donâ€™t believe in talking to them about things they canâ€™t change. So you donâ€™t hear me saying things like, â€œYou canâ€™t use this red fabric.â€ Itâ€™s more about, â€œHow are you going to make this red fabric work?â€
I like that philosophy.