I am a HUGE Project Runway fan. I know, I know, the show has been on for years, it’s formulaic, it’s reality TV – but I love it anyway. As a creator – I totally appreciate how much work goes into every piece these designers crank out and I totally get it… it’s NOT easy. Another reason why I like the show is that (unlike The Bachelor) it’s pretty kid appropriate. So now my kids are big fans too.
One of my favorite designers from the past few seasons is Patricia Michaels, a Native American woman from Taos, New Mexico. Patricia had such a quiet grace on the show and seemed to never succumb to hurling insults at her fellow competitors. Plus her work was exquisite, ornate, unique and totally reflective of her Native American culture with a few whimsical twists.
My best friend, Alix, who is often featured on this blog, just happens to live in Taos, New Mexico and met Patricia at a show in town recently. Prior to meeting her, Alix and I had talked about how much we loved her and her work on the show, so this was exciting! Alix quickly discovered that Patricia is just as sweet and talented in person as she is on the show. Patricia even invited Alix to another show (featuring Native American made products in Taos) this past weekend, and guess who just so happened to be in town… ME!
So – yes – I got to meet Patricia and ask her just a few of my many stupid questions about the show. And as you can see – I have a picture here to prove it. (The two five-year-olds couldn’t resist getting in on the action.)
I’m looking forward to future visits to Taos to pick up my own Patricia Michaels original and maybe even check out her studio. Maybe I will come back to Taos and pry her full of alcohol to get all the real behind-the-scense dirt on Project Runway… just kidding.
Anyway – being you, my dear readers, are all creative people – I thought you would appreciate my thrill in meeting Ms. Patricia. If you can’t make it to Taos, to meet her yourself, be sure to check out the Patricia Michaels web site, PM Waterlily.