Art of the Day: Angela Keslar

Submitted by Evelyn Kiefer on Thu, 07/13/2006 - 10:47.

 

She made the first cut! Angela Keslar, our fellow Ohioan on "Project Runway" was among the 14 contestants that the judges decided definitely would stay until next week's show.  I thought her creation was very unique, a blend of crafty, earthy, organic, couture, and one of the best designs last night. The judges did not have much to say about it, but with all fifteen contestants still in play there probably was not enough time. I particularly liked the effect of the flowering tree branch accessory -- was it part of a purse? The picture above from the "Project Runway" website does not show this element very well. Although an annoying winer, Vincent, and the Stanford/Harvard woman who does not know how to use a sewing machine very well, and got booted, also got the bulk of the camera time this week. Angela seems sure to shine later. Last night she showed creativity, great sewing and design skills, and she seemed to be one of the nicer, more down-to-earth people in the group.

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Making art work vs. being an artist

It's interesting that the woman who came in all Ivy League MBA Ms. Biz wasn't an artist (sorry to all you "everyone is an artist" folks) and she couldn't cut it before the pros in this industry - who are probably all more business than art - she played if safe... was the least creative, and had her ass kicked back to yuppie-land. The next two lowest scoring designers are each other extreme works of art - one older guy is trying for a comeback and seems too funky in mind, design and biz - the other seems mostly hype and come-on but may have some uniqueness in there somewhere... they were the most over the top and that didn't score well, but they got the most air time... perhaps just toward 15 minutes of fame?

Angela looks like an excellent artist - creative outcome with great execution - and she clearly has a good head for business and life... she reminds me of Sheryl Crow. She may not be extreme enough to outshine some very showy talent - this competition is more show-biz than business school - but I know she will get far enough and gain sufficient exposure and validation through this program to be very successful in the design business in the future.

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