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Tim Gunn: “I Am Crazy About Etsy”

Sep 3, 2013

by Karen Brown

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Elegant, rigorous, devastating and funny, Tim Gunn has been coaching designers on Project Runway  for 12 seasons. A best-selling author of several books on fashion and manners, his Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible was just released in paperback. 

Karen: Tim, please tell us how you discovered Etsy.

Tim: I can’t navigate the world on any given day and not intersect with Etsy. In many ways, Etsy was very prophetic about the values we are holding so high today: Made in America, Made in New York, bringing back the Garment District. I am crazy about what Etsy is doing and has done. It was a brave, bold move to start.

Karen: It seems like part of American culture now, but a lot of people might be surprised to know that your role on Project Runway was a last minute decision by the producers.

Tim: It was decided I should have a role mere days before we started taping. My own conclusion is that the producers were terrified. Since the designers spend the bulk of their time in the workroom, the producers were terrified the designers wouldn’t talk and there would be no show. So by sending me —or someone like me — into the workroom, I could probe and ask questions and the designers would talk. I never thought I would end up in the final cut.

Karen: You had no ambitions for a television career?

Tim: Good heavens, no! I was perfectly happy at Parsons. In terms of fashion education, I don’t think it gets any better. Then, six months after I turned 50, Project Runway called.

Karen: Do you have any advice for how to respond when life delivers a new opportunity?

Tim: When something good comes, it will always feel like a risk at first. I never thought there would be a Season 2 of Project Runway, let alone a Season 12. Not a single day goes by that I don’t pinch myself and say, “I can’t believe this is my life.”

Karen: Sometimes on Project Runway, when you don’t like what a designer is developing or you think it’s badly made, you might say it’s “crafty.” Now, around Etsy, “craft” is a good word. Isn’t the construction of clothes a craft?

Tim: Absolutely. I revere the world of craft. A lot of what is wrong with art today is that there is simply no evidence of skill or craft in it. On Project Runway, I will be critical if the work does not have the sophistication and refinement that I believe it should have. “Happy hands at home,” is what I sometimes say if it has failed to rise to the level of execution that wows us. So absolutely, I revere craft, but not “crafty,” which is a word I sometimes use for poor execution or embellishments that don’t correspond to the concept.

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A dress by Leanne Marshall, Etsy seller and winner of Project Runway season 5.

Karen: Any advice on how to audition successfully for Project Runway?

Tim: I’d be thrilled to have Etsy people audition. My advice? You need to know who you are as a designer, have a point of view, and own it. I just finished home visits with the designers this season, and each designer believed so intensely in what they are doing. They all said, “I don’t care if I win, I know this is me.” You can’t worry about what the judges will love. If there ever was a fickle quartet, it’s the Project Runway judges.

Karen: Let’s talk about fashion. If you watch fashion television or read magazines, there’s a lot of emphasis on trends. But there’s another school of thought that puts personal style first. What is your position on this?

Tim: I am very loud about calling myself the anti-trend guy. I am constantly telling women and men it’s only good if it works for you. Do a closet analysis. Ask yourself, “What do I wear, what do I not wear? What will multi-task?” I profoundly believe in shopping on a budget. I am also quite cynical about trends.

Karen: Are these ideas connected to why you wrote Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible?

Tim: Fashion Bible is the book I wanted to write since I became chair of fashion design at Parson’s. At that time, no course in fashion history was offered. The department didn’t want students to know fashion history because they didn’t want them to be influenced. Are you kidding? I was horrified. We developed a three semester required sequence of fashion history, but so many of the available books were snooze stuff. I wanted to write something accessible and relatable.

Karen: Your book, Gunn’s Golden Rules, is very much concerned with manners. Could you talk about the role of manners in business and personal life?

Tim: One of the few things we have any power and control over is our own behavior. I believe so profoundly in good behavior. We should be thoughtful and responsible, we should think about others, and treat others the way we want to be treated. When you take the high road, you put yourself in a better position vis-à-vis that other person and yourself. When I do it, I feel more buoyant. Just be careful that you don’t take the high road so high you get a nosebleed.

Karen: Your “It Gets Better” video is very moving and speaks for itself, but is there anything more you would like to say about it?

Tim: In some ways the message in that video is related to what we have been saying about the artisans and designers on Etsy. Life is a big collaboration. We can’t navigate the world alone successfully. We need good people around us, and we need to enlist them when we need help. This is especially important when you are in an incubator alone. I was a sculptor who worked in a studio alone, and I know those feelings. We need an outlet and we should surround ourselves with healthy people. We don’t need people around us who are soul-suckers.

Karen: For those who do work alone, do you have advice on how to self-critique?

Tim: I believe in the self-critique. But you must clear your head to do it. Go to a movie, take a walk, get out of the studio, feel refreshed and unencumbered. Another set of eyes can be helpful, but you must know that person will be a truth teller and will genuinely look at your work critically and analytically, or you will wind up quasi-delusional.

Karen: You know, you could visit Etsy sometime. They’re just over in Brooklyn…

Tim: I would love to visit Etsy!

Karen: Maybe you could do some kind of Etsy-style handmade challenge some day…

Tim: That’s a great idea. We could call the episode “Craft, not crafty!” Seriously, I will speak to the producers about it. I’d love to do it.

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502 comments

  • handmadebycecilia

    Cecilia Escobar from HandmadebyCecilia said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn. I admire his knowledge and his ability to address his opinions with tenacity, intellect and wit. Profound and superfluous. Socratic and mainstream. Tim Gunn is all sturm und grand!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn and am so excited that he knows about Etsy! This was such a great interview! I love what a positive affect he has on so many people. It's very refreshing!

  • BlackLaceRoses

    Linda Wolf from PatchouliLounge said 2 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you Tim and Karen!

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 2 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Inspiring words.

  • handmadebycecilia

    Cecilia Escobar from HandmadebyCecilia said 2 years ago

    Ok, my computer corrected me again. I meant to say: "Sturm und Drang!"

  • handicraftafrica

    Jafeth Moiane from handicraftafrica said 2 years ago

    Great interview. Etsy is the best.

  • katarinacouture

    Katarina from KatarinaHats said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn and I love that he loves Etsy!

  • MyEverAfter

    Liz B. from GossamerandQuill said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is amazing! I was so excited to see tho interview with him! :D

  • Jennizart

    Jennifer from Jennizart said 2 years ago

    wonderful interview! LOVE Tim Gunn! :)

  • jmyerscho

    Jacqueline Myers-Cho from TheHappyMonsters said 2 years ago

    He is really an amazing person. Go Tim!!!!!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 2 years ago

    The man has style, sophistication, and savoire faire -- qualities I'm glad to see returning to the likes of men.

  • juliesadorabowls

    Julie Webb from JulianaWJewelry said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn! How exciting!

  • Infinitiplus1

    Shari from Infinitiplus1 said 2 years ago

    It is so great to see how popular Etsy is. Love Tim Gunn!

  • thespelllingbee

    M. and Gabrielle Watkins from thespelllingbee said 2 years ago

    A delightful man and brilliant at what he does as well evidently in living life. Great read!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    Veronica from VeronicaRussekJoyas said 2 years ago

    Great interview, thanks. I admire Tim very much, and I'm a faithful Project Runway watcher mostly because of him and his sound advice. I also agree with his use of 'craft' versus 'crafty'. I love the idea that he loves Etsy!

  • OwensAcres

    Laura Owens from OwensAcres said 2 years ago

    Tim has a unique perspective and insight on fashion, I love the 'not trendy' view, classic pieces always in fashion and a good investment! He's classic!

  • PennyFabricArt

    PennyFabricArt from PennyFabricArt said 2 years ago

    Tim might enjoy checking out Project Quilting, a Project Runway style challenge that Etsy seller PersimmonDreams started a couple years ago, and has produced some really fun challenges and beautiful work. Not sure if links are allowed here, but you can google Project Quilting to check it out. Lots of fun.

  • SilverMoth

    SilverMoth from SilverMoth said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn. Great interview!

  • MABjewelry

    MABby from MABjewelry said 2 years ago

    Tim is my hero.

  • TheEnchantedSlipper

    J Breault from TheEnchantedSlipper said 2 years ago

    What a great inspirational blog. Thank you for sharing.

  • mcdermithdesigns

    Sharry McDermith from McDermithDesigns said 2 years ago

    Great person, Tim Gunn seems to be, so glad he is on board with Esty. Sure wish he would look at my work:)

  • SilverMoth

    SilverMoth from SilverMoth said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn! Great interview.

  • VeraVague

    Vera and Victor Vague from VeraVague said 2 years ago

    We're crazy about YOU, TG! big time.

  • 118jan

    Janette from AmericanDollClothes said 2 years ago

    Great interview! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • ElleParkHomeDecor

    Elle from ElleParkHomeDecor said 2 years ago

    Great Interview. Tim Gunn is amazing.

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 2 years ago

    Great interview. Thank you for bringing it to the blog.

  • themonstercafe

    themonstercafe from themonstercafe said 2 years ago

    What a positive and motivational man he is! Totally in love with him.

  • PaperAltar

    PaperAltar from PaperAltar said 2 years ago

    Tim - you are a BEAUTIFUL BEING <3

  • Plastidermy

    Chris Evans from Plastidermy said 2 years ago

    What he says about surrounding yourself with a network of supportive people is very valuable. We may feel like super humans at times but the helping hand of someone who cares or believes in you can change your whole experience for the better.

  • bannerandsail

    stephanie callsen from bannerandsail said 2 years ago

    Wonderful interview!

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 2 years ago

    Really inspirational, that video really speaks to the soul. Also, I hope he does do an Etsy show, it would be fab to see fellow members of our community doing their craft in front on millions, spreading the word on entrepreneurship and following your passion.

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 2 years ago

    Excellent interview !

  • littleshopofphotos

    Michele Iljazi from OneDecember said 2 years ago

    Just fabulous!

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet said 2 years ago

    Another, "I love Tim Gunn!" Interview was great but not long enough. He is a man we can learn so much from. Craft or crafty, those are words that could be emblazoned on the walls of every studio.

  • ArabellaReason

    ArabellaReason from ArabellaReason said 2 years ago

    A wonderful role model in fashion and life. I enjoyed this interview. Thank you!

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 2 years ago

    I love the show and this is a great interview

  • awakeandaway

    Awake and Away from AwakeAndAway said 2 years ago

    Great interview!! Thanks for featuring my "Do All Things with Love" print!

  • BeautifullyBecoming

    by Amy from BeautifullyBecoming said 2 years ago

    Tim is true style, etiquette and grace. I admire his soul. Please continue to share it with the world and hopefully it will pass on to others.

  • lashell6

    Dee Alcalde from CreationsofAgape said 2 years ago

    I just love Tim Gunn and this article was great. I think Gunn's perspective on fhasion is intelligent, introspective and humble.

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 2 years ago

    Great article! I love Tim Gunn!

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 2 years ago

    The man!!! Love him. So much we can learn from him and craft or crafty is a great question when we look at our work.

  • cardinalhouse

    Kat. from cardinalhouse said 2 years ago

    Awesome. Tim Gunn = fabulous! Would love further words of wisdom from him!

  • TreasuresThenandNow

    Sharon from TreasuresThenandNow said 2 years ago

    Love that no matter our backgrounds we can all love Etsy!

  • sarahryanstudio

    Sarah Ryan from sarahryanstudio said 2 years ago

    Thank goodness for Tim Gunn!

  • rickrackshack

    Vanessa Ryerse from TheMosaicButterfly said 2 years ago

    I think I'd be lost without Project Runway. It doesn't actually correlate to making mosaics at all, but each fall, I get ready for shows and I need the spark of creativity under a big time crunch and a lot of pressure. Watching the designers has become a way to tap into that creativity in my own realm. Our whole family watches PR together. We love love love Tim Gunn!

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad said 2 years ago

    Great interview! It would be fabulous to have an Etsy show!

  • robertarowden

    Roberta Rowden from KitchieFixins said 2 years ago

    Thank you Mr. Gunn for your interview with Ms. Brown. I admire your etiquette, candor, and your passion. Your advice has been uplifting. Sincerely, Roberta

  • EclecticForest

    Steven Brincat from EclecticForest said 2 years ago

    A wonderful man with wonderful things to say! Such a great inspiration! Thank you Tim Gunn! And Karen for bringing this to us!

  • pattihaskins

    patti from pattihaskins said 2 years ago

    Great read. Thanks.

  • theresamiles

    Theresa Garcia said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn. Such a very kind friendly and inspiring person. Beautifully made video and well said. You've came along way in life and I'm very proud of you I liked your view of the word "Craft" versus "Crafty" And it's really nice to see people who really care about other Artists/Crafters, as we are all part of a whole Collective of colorfully enriched people with different perspectives. Thank you for your Kind Inspiration. Awesome Interview!!!

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 2 years ago

    A lot of people have asked me what it was like to talk to Tim Gunn (and I am as crazy a fan as anybody.) Here's what it was like: he was 100% Tim Gunn-ish all the way. There was absolutely no difference between the person you see on television and the person to whom I spoke. As we talked, I thought, "Who do we need to be for others to respect and love us this much?" He sets quite an example: Polite to a fault, funny, gracious, respectful, and kind. Generous with his time. Smart. Frank, but never mean. I have found myself checking my own behavior against his example since.

  • hatwitch

    Wendi from mizdarlinhats said 2 years ago

    So many of these fashion contest shows run together in my head, and whenever i find a unique and memorable designer among the contestants she/he is rarely the winner, but for some reason, I always agree with whatever advice Tim Gunn dispenses...but then, fashion is a business, it is about what will sell, not necessarily the most unique and interesting design. I also ask what will work on the largest variety of people, and since I am both tall and plus sized, it has to work (on some level) for me as well. I often find myself in agreement with Tim, and love his sense of humour (always important in any endeavor where the pressure is so intense..) Long may he continue to bless these novices with his advice and admonitions...we need more like him.

  • ironartcanada

    Robert Aucoin from ironartcanada said 2 years ago

    Etsy is a great forum for designers/artisans! Thanks Tim for recognizing that.

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 2 years ago

    Would you like to see Etsy on Project Runway? What do you think the challenge should be?

  • EllasEdge

    Ellen Wilson from EllasEdge said 2 years ago

    I love his voice-he provides light in the realm of reality! He applies hope to follow your voice~ Great interview~ Thank you Tim! Thank you Etsy :D

  • evertonterrace

    Jeanette from evertonterrace said 2 years ago

    Just lovely. I adore him, he is one of my "dream dinner guests" . Wise words, thank you very much for sharing your wisdom Tim, especially about working alone - good reminders to get out.

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing - great interview.

  • joyhastings1

    joy hastings from JoysPhotoDecor said 2 years ago

    Tim you are truly inspirational, a great interview thanks for sharing.

  • StellasKnits

    StellasKnits from StellasKnits said 2 years ago

    Wow! What an amazing man! It's so refreshing to see someone on television who knows the difference between a critique and being critical. Elegance and refinement = Tim Gunn. Thanks for the interview!

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 2 years ago

    How fabulous is this? I love Tim Gunn! So great that he loves etsy! I would love to see an etsy style challenge!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 2 years ago

    Ahhhhh, Tim. Doesn’t he just class up the joint?! Tim is the voice of sanity, the touch of humor, the tug in your heart and the hostess with the mostest at Project Runway. He makes the whole darn thing work.

  • PyxusPassionProject

    Michelle Maynard from SimonesRoseBoutique said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is such a good soul. Thank goodness someone or something intervened when he was in such despair. 'It will get better" - so hard to believe when you're feeling down but so true... its worth sticking it out to see whats around the next corner! Thanks for sharing Mr. Gunn - you're a true inspiration.

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 2 years ago

    great interview!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 2 years ago

    Enjoyed your interview with Tim Gunn~ Makes me smile he loves Etsy too with all of it's talented artists - designers~ :)

  • adobehousevintage

    Aimee Evans Hickman from AdobeHouseVintage said 2 years ago

    Love Tim! Love Etsy! Who could ask for a better combination?! Thanks so much for this!

  • cherrylippedroses

    Kathryn from cherrylippedroses said 2 years ago

    ...an elegant man...

  • HerMajestysPug

    Nancy from HerMajestysPug said 2 years ago

    Merci beaucoup Monsieur Gunn for your inspiration!!! J'adore you and Project Runway!!! Pugs n Kisses :)

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects said 2 years ago

    :"Polite to a fault, funny, gracious, respectful, and kind. Generous with his time. Smart. Frank, but never mean." Thanks Karen-- Your assessment of Tim Gunn is the perfect recipe for being a great human being; and these are the traits that I most often encounter with my very favorite Etsy artisans. It would be a blast to see Etsy on Project Runway. As for the "craft" vs "crafty" controversy, I'd say it's the same as saying "artisan" vs. "crafter". There's room in the world for both, but I'd rather be referred to as an "artisan", thank you very much. :-)

  • norakaren

    nora from norakaren said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn you are the best. I love the excelence in your work, a merit lost in this age,

  • SewSimple3

    Miranda from DangleBeadsbyMiranda said 2 years ago

    Mr. Gunn is so right! Very encouraging!

  • gk2829

    Bybee Vintage from BYBEEVINTAGE said 2 years ago

    I would love to have a miniature Tim Gunn in my pocket so whenever I needed advise I could take him out and ask him!!!!! He is a wonderful man with an impressive vocabulary.

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 2 years ago

    Loved this interview and I have to say that I was so happy to read what Mr. Gunn had to say regarding the importance of manners. There are just too many examples of bad manners on television programs and it is so refreshing when I see people who have not forgotten how important they are in civilized society. Plus, I just love that he is a fan of Etsy! Thank you, Mr. Gunn!

  • roguegirlvintage

    roguegirlvintage from roguegirlvintage said 2 years ago

    So thrilled to read this interview!! Loved reading Gunn's Golden Rules...hysterically funny in parts. Agree wholeheartedly about the values of Made in America and the earnest push to bring back a thriving Garment District. Thanks for the uplift!

  • bonniesknitting

    bonniesknitting from bonniesknitting said 2 years ago

    This made my day. Tim Gunn is such a breath of fresh air! Thanks for this wonderful interview.

  • finethreadz

    SharonH from FineThreadz said 2 years ago

    As a huge Tim Gunn fan I have to say this interview was awesome!!! Thank you.

  • maybeads

    maybeads from maybeads said 2 years ago

    I was thrilled to see Tim Gunn in my Etsy Finds email - What a wonderful interview!

  • rebecca55305

    rebecca55305 said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is just a wonderful human being. I eat up everything he says and writes..a true gem. Thanks so much for the interview!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 2 years ago

    WELL, WE'RE ALL CRAZY ABOUT ETSY :)

  • spoonfulofmint

    Lina from aspoonfulofmint said 2 years ago

    Fierce! I see the difference between craft and crafty, (or pysslig in swedish, brrr)

  • foxpots

    Carole Fox from foxpots said 2 years ago

    Love the interview. Unfortunately, after viewing the included Youtube video, some objectionable Youtube content comes up in the window.

  • milkyandcoffee

    Yin Yin Wu from LoveGemStudio said 2 years ago

    Thank you Tim for all the useful information! I am so glad to see you in Etsy. We are all creazy about Etsy. :)

  • pupandpony

    Wendy from pupandpony said 2 years ago

    I feel like my 2 worlds just collided! (In the very best way.) Love you Tim Gunn! And I find myself telling my students, "Make it work"!

  • LiaLane

    Lia Lane from LiaLane said 2 years ago

    I love Tim!! What a great read!!!

  • carolemma

    carol emma from carolemma said 2 years ago

    Wonderful interview and so many points spoke to me personally. I'll be saving this to read again and again. Thank You!

  • maryimp

    Mary McGovern from maryimp said 2 years ago

    I think Tim Gunn is one of the finest people I have ever seen on television. I look forward to seeing him each week on Project Runway which is, by far, my favorite show. You can see the way Tim interacts with people that he is honest, sincere, kind, and has a big, big, heart! I love you Tim Gunn...never change.

  • PonyAndPoppy

    Amy Stone from PonyAndPoppy said 2 years ago

    Oh what a pleasant surprise to see this interview with Tim Gunn! Thank you Tim for taking time to share your words of wisdom--especially in terms of working independently/alone and being mindful of others as we journey onward. You are very much adored in our house. And thank you Etsy!

  • AdobeSol

    Rebecca Bogan from AdobeSol said 2 years ago

    I LOVE Tim Gunn

  • WotNotLots

    Sally Blosser from WotNotLots said 2 years ago

    To me Tim Gunn is the epitome of class. This interview really made me think about "how can I be a better person?" and remembering more of the lessons taught by my mother when I was young on how to treat other people with kindness, even when they treat you badly. So many ideas spring to mind on an Etsy and Project Runway collaboration. 1. The designers must choose their accessories from Etsy Shops and design an outfit around them. 2. Designers choose a piece of artwork or photography and design an outfit to place their models within the scene or scope of the artwork/photo. 3. Designers choose five vintage items and design a modern, forward thinking outfit to express the items.

  • exclusivehats

    Elmira from ExclusiveHats said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is amazing! I was so excited to see the interview with him! :D Thanks for sharing Mr. Gunn - you're a true inspiration.

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios from MerCurios said 2 years ago

    "Craft, not crafty" Count me in for sure!! ;)

  • branchbound

    Sarah Louise Walker from branchbound said 2 years ago

    I adore Tim Gunn, and I'm so pumped to see his admiration for Etsy and all of us makers. His words of wisdom are, unsurprisingly, profound, and I just agree with so much he has to say. Thank you so much for featuring him!

  • happybdaytome

    happybdaytome from happybdaytome said 2 years ago

    Great interview!

  • nevinackered

    Verica C from OddityCollective said 2 years ago

    Ah, love Tim! He is my favourite of all the personalities on Project Runway. And he seems always so genuine and sincere in what he says to the contestants. What a pleasant surprise to see this Q&A on Etsy!

  • BrooklynLoveDesigns

    Megan C from AlaskaBagCompany said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is such an amazing person! What a great interview, he is such a classy guy with great values. Biggest fan here :)

  • Inkd

    Inkd from Inkd said 2 years ago

    I love how he defines CRAFT from CRAFTY, plus I read the whole interview in his voice.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 2 years ago

    OK, so I've never heard of Tim Gunn, but if all I ever see of him is the "It gets Better" video then he gets my vote as one of the good guys!

  • scarfitup1

    Scarf It Up from ScarfFashionBoutique said 2 years ago

    Such an amazing man! So happy to know that he shares a high esteem for Etsy! Great interview :)

  • LetterKay

    Kayla from LetterKay said 2 years ago

    He is awesome!

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 2 years ago

    Love everything about the article! He's fantastic!

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    Eve Geisler from EvesLittleEarthlings said 2 years ago

    An insightful interview. Tim Gunn is a gentleman and a force in the creative world.

  • ninedragons

    Elizabeth England from ninedragons said 2 years ago

    Although I'm serious about my craft...I think crafty can be fun too! Nevertheless, terrific interview. Thanks Karen.

  • nineacesdesign

    DianaLoyd McCollum from NineAcesDesign said 2 years ago

    Very interesting interview! I respect Tim Gunn and I am really glad he likes Etsy!

  • TinkerGirls

    Tracey from TinkerGirls said 2 years ago

    Wonderful piece! I love that Tim Gunn is as passionate about being a good person as he is about his craft! The world could use more like him.

  • deidrewasenius

    Deidre Wasenius from TheOmbrePoodle said 2 years ago

    Awesome interview. I love Tim Gunn and respect his keen style. I always try to "make it work".

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 2 years ago

    Great interview! Love Project Runway!! Love Tim Gunn has wonderful advice!

  • jillverbick

    Jill O'Leary from fiberluscious said 2 years ago

    I adore Mr. Gunn and his ideals in fashion. But more importantly, he reminds us to be a good human beings. Joy and the freedom to create from the heart thrives in a beautifully, human environment. Thank you Tim Gunn for keeping PR from feeling like just another horrible reality show. It could easily be a snip fest without your gracious mentoring and gentle guidance. Wish you were my mentor!

  • charlenesbags

    Charlene Owens from charlenesembroidery said 2 years ago

    Very good interview. I love his prospective and advice.

  • Keikeaux

    Keikeaux from Keikeaux said 2 years ago

    Thank you, Tim. I appreciate your candid advice and your passion for "Craft".

  • RonitGolan

    Ronit Golan from RonitGolan said 2 years ago

    Thank you for this interview :) I LOVE Tim Gunn, he is an amazing person so so so exiting :))

  • WalterSilva

    Walter Silva from WalterSilva said 2 years ago

    Fantastic seeing Tim interviewed by Karen! Thanks so much for the insight! Tim Gunn is one classy guy!

  • jgouveia

    Jacquie Gouveia from jgouveia said 2 years ago

    Just another reason to adore this classy gentleman.

  • JulieMeyer

    Julie Meyer from JulieMeyer said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is my favorite part of Project Runway. I've spent so many hours sewing while PR is on in the background. When I'm working on a new bag style, I love to imagine Tim stopping by my studio and giving me a 'make it work' critque.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 2 years ago

    ...we should surround ourselves with healthy people... BRAVO!!!

  • BearsleyBumski

    Dee from BearsleyandBumski said 2 years ago

    Another reason why Etsy is just superior!

  • zoejane1

    zoejane1 from zoeJaneJewels1 said 2 years ago

    Wonderful interview with a class act. Thank you Tim and Karen.

  • Stefanikland

    Michelle and Paul Stefanik from Stefanikland said 2 years ago

    Etsy Project Runway challenge should be accessories: hats, shoes, gloves, scarves, head piece, belt, jewelry or other adornments preferably upcycled from vintage finds. Every model gets the same dress: white or black, princess seamed simple dress, and each designer needs to style her with their own signature creations. How they craft, what they craft, and the ability to restrain from going overboard would be key elements in evaluation criteria.

  • murphymae

    Murphy Adams from MurphyAdamsStudio said 2 years ago

    Love, love, love!!!!

  • BearAndRobot

    Bear Robot from BearAndRobot said 2 years ago

    Great interview, thank you so much for featuring our fashion quote print.

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 2 years ago

    interesting and inspiring interview and finds. Thank you for sharing

  • SavoyFaire

    Gail from SavoyFaire said 2 years ago

    Loved reading this and adore Tim! His books are always a good read and full of truths! Thank you Tim!

  • YellowRoomBeads

    Stacy from YellowRoomBeads said 2 years ago

    I just LOVE Tim Gunn.

  • TheChequeredLily

    Kimberly Bouchu from TheChequeredLily said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is a personal hero of mine, we need more people like him in this world. :)

  • CuffLoves

    Melissa M. from CuffLoves said 2 years ago

    Great interview!

  • myhideaway

    Mary from myhideaway said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn! He always gives the best advice and is such a positive, encouraging, and wise person. I often say I wish I had my own Tim Gunn, someone who would check in with me every now and then, ask how my work is going, critique, maybe steer me in the right direction. Every artist could use a mentor like Tim. :)

  • peaseblossomstudio

    Caroline from AnchorRoad said 2 years ago

    Great interview! I am a big Tim Gunn fan and had the opportunity to see him in person a few years ago here in San Antonio. What a fun day that was! I've read all of Tim's books and I never miss Project Runway!

  • dlkdesigns

    Dana Klopfer from dlkdesigns said 2 years ago

    We love Tim in our home + Baileywick too ;)

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk from Ebruk said 2 years ago

    Great interview!! Love Project Runway!! Tim Gunn is amazing!

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree said 2 years ago

    Tim it is so good to see you n Etsy, and it's not even Thursday when I usually see you. Maybe you need to start encouraging us when we get down about our designs.

  • talanavanbosch

    Talana van Bosch from MomentsByTalana said 2 years ago

    I could not wait to read the article when I saw it was about Tim Gunn. I'm soooo crazy mad about him, project runway and Etsy. There are two things that I truly believe in ... dignity above all ... and, if you can rule yourself you can rule the world. Tim, you stand for both and I really admire you.

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign said 2 years ago

    I always admired Tim Gunn..I love his wit and passion over fashion.I love watching Project Runway and always like to listen to his perspectives on everything fashions and manners. Thanks for this lovely read!

  • miasole

    monika popowitz miasole from miasole said 2 years ago

    A class act is Tim Gunn, I love the way he sees things and opens your eyes to another perspective. Thanks Tim for sharing!

  • lapisbeach

    Lauren from lapisbeach said 2 years ago

    Hahaha Tim - fabulous interview - I certainly hope I have "honed my craft" - and I am not "crafty"! So many fabulous designers on Etsy - it would be awesome to see an Etsy challenge on PR!

  • NellywithWings

    Nelly V from NellywithWings said 2 years ago

    I don't know Tim Gunn, but I enjoyed the interview with him. I think the video, though inspiring to many, is out of place here. It had no relation to the topics discussed at all. My two cents.

  • BijouxOdalisque

    Bijoux d'Odalisque from BijouxOdalisque said 2 years ago

    Fabulous Karen! I love your articles and can't wait for the next :)

  • Pixie2428

    Doris C. from SewBeautifulbyDC said 2 years ago

    A wonderful interview ! We would all love to see a "Craft" challenge for Etsy shop owners to participate in on Project Runway. We have a lot of great designers on Etsy.

  • SeaFindDesigns

    Tracy Prince from SeaFindDesigns said 2 years ago

    Tracy Prince: "I Am Crazy About Tim Gunn"

  • MsDorian

    Dorian from MsDorian said 2 years ago

    Who doesn't love Tim Gunn? He speaks well and with care and consideration. He teaches a good lesson in how to interact with others.

  • DimensionalVision

    DimensionalVision from DimensionalVision said 2 years ago

    I am a fashion NUT!! LOL. I love my shoes and hand bag first, then hair and make - up next. As far as a outfit goes, I can go to any store, or the thrift/vintage shop doesn't matter me, and buy something that I can work with or make any changes I think I need to give me the taste I am looking for and want to wear that night. Or I can just make a outfit for myself. I have been sew for over 20 years and selling on ETSY for 5 years. I just eat and sleep fashion. That is why I love the show Project Run Way. Tim Gunn is so Cool. I loved reading the interview above it was inspiring to me. And by the way I do watch project run way every chance I get. I do love the show, and I love looking at the new designs the designers come up with. But I do not like judging them, that is just not my cup of tea so to speak, I just could not do the judging job when it came to the designers because I would want them all to win. But in my eyes they are all winners. Thanks Tim for your awesome words, and may God bless you in all you may do and go in life.

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 2 years ago

    Amazing interview with Tim Gunn. I adore him and Etsy..Thanks so oomuch for the feature as well..

  • FalconandFinch

    Lynelle Miliate-Ha from FalconandFinch said 2 years ago

    "When something good comes, it will always feel like a risk at first." That quote resonated so deeply with me, I've written it down in the journal of letters I write to my infant son. It's true on so many levels, not just about starting a new business venture - a "safe" life is not always a well lived life.

  • farragio

    farragio from farragio said 2 years ago

    Karen Brown says: Would you like to see Etsy on Project Runway? What do you think the challenge should be? ------------------------------------------ I don't watch Project Runway, so I can't speak to what a good challenge would be, but I think incorporating Etsy into an episode/challenge is definitely a great idea!

  • minouette

    Ele from minouette said 2 years ago

    He always seems like such a skilled mentor, not just knowledgible but empathetic.

  • alwayscoco

    Nicole from nicoleporterdesign said 2 years ago

    I absolutely adore Tim Gunn. Please invite him to the Etsy party next year!

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 2 years ago

    Great interview. He has so much wonderful advice.

  • chakrayourkharma

    Kate Lassila from Rootiebirds said 2 years ago

    What an excellent last minute decision....Tim Grunn has the energy it takes to 'make it work'! I love the inspiration of risk. It's a way of keeping things fresh and new....the challenge! If you keep walkin down the same ole path you might just miss the exciting new adventure around the corner! Inspiring article Karen, well done!....thanks so much!

  • StudioYTE

    StudioYTE from StudioYTE said 2 years ago

    What a wonderful interview - thank you! ....and...."I am crazy about Tim Gunn and Etsy"

  • oceangypsy

    Marianna Bellantoni from BeachBaublesTM said 2 years ago

    Hi All-LOVE Tim Gunn and Project Runway! Am I dreaming ,or didn't someone here on Etsy not only participate in Project Runway,but also win in her season? I believe her name on Etsy is (or used to be-(she could have changed it) was leeanimal? Anyone else remember?

  • QueenChlorine

    KC Elsasser from QueenChlorine said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn rocks my world! I go to school full time and work full time and run my etsy store. Sometimes, I'll be really stressed out, and I'll be wondering how I'll get it all done, and then, it comes to me, "MAKE IT WORK!" And, I always do.

  • gothicreations

    Joanna from RainGirlDesigns said 2 years ago

    Wonderful interview

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn. I wish some of my friends heard his message some years ago and I'll have them here... Tim: Go visit my store I have awesome stuff there!

  • NikkoNeko

    Julie Bonasera from NikkoNeko said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is so neat! I would love to meet him someday! I would enter the etsy challenge!

  • BarnshopAntiques

    Carol Bender from BarnshopAntiques said 2 years ago

    Super message, what a beautiful interview.

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal from crochetgal said 2 years ago

    Wonderful Interview! Tim always provides so much inspiration!

  • oceangypsy

    Marianna Bellantoni from BeachBaublesTM said 2 years ago

    oops spelled the username wrong-it is leanimal.etsy.com She won Project Runway in her season!

  • heartygift

    Lily Beltek from HeartyGift said 2 years ago

    Inspiring interview!

  • sewinggrammax

    Maxine Archibald from sewinggrammax said 2 years ago

    I think Tim makes the show more interesting with his commentary in the workroom of The Project Runway. I also like the way the designers are treated with respect on the runway.

  • sewinggrammax

    Maxine Archibald from sewinggrammax said 2 years ago

    I think Tim makes the show Project Runway more interesting the way he treats the designers with respect and encouragement.

  • blingitongirl

    corrine from BebeAndKay said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is the embodiment of skilled craftsmanship.. The best thing about project runway besides the designers! He really knows the craft, and you can see how much he loves the evolution of creating something beautiful. I am thrilled to hear of his love for Etsy, to know he gets what it is supposed to be,

  • studiotwenty

    Monique from needlegoods said 2 years ago

    Thanks for the interview! Tim Gunn is so classy :)

  • yellowjacketvintage

    Jennifer from yellowjacketvintage said 2 years ago

    Thank you Tim!

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 2 years ago

    I enjoy a lot this interview, that's the spirit!

  • WhiteCamilla

    Carol Joy from VegasStyleBridal said 2 years ago

    Love that Tim Gunn! His comments about being true to yourself are wonderful! Carol Joy

  • taping

    Mary Selway said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn. He always has such a positive attitude. Thank you Tim Gunn for being such a positive roll model and one classy man.

  • fieldtrip

    Amy from fieldtrip said 2 years ago

    Thank you Tim! You're an inspiration. You don't know how many times I've said to myself while working: "Make it Work". I believe that's the attitude designers need to have as we grow and advance our skills. So happy to hear you're a fan of Etsy!

  • SamSammie

    Sam from SamieSam said 2 years ago

    Love your video Tim! Great piece. Love your spirit.

  • msbusyboss

    Diana from Moxie2RunwayVintage said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is one of my favorite people in the Entire Universe, hands down. I feel so fortunate to know someone of his caliber as a Friend~~so often, in the Fashion World, the worst in people comes out in their quest to succeed. The Ego Stroking gets tedious lol. But that sort of thing has never, ever, ever been an issue with Tim. He always sets such a GRACIOUS example~~He is truly very special and YES he LOVES LOVES Etsy!!! Pam ♥ Moxie2RunwayVintage

  • msbusyboss

    Diana from Moxie2RunwayVintage said 2 years ago

    P.S. I think the Project Runway Etsy Challenge is a dream that will be coming true!!

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 2 years ago

    great interview! Tim you are awesome!

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 2 years ago

    Great interview! Tim you are great!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 2 years ago

    "Craft, not crafty", that's priceless advice! I admire Tim Gunn and his elegant philosopy of life and style. This interview is amazing, I feel like every phrase is a key principle on good manners, style, craft and healthy life-style all together.

  • ltrotchie

    Laura Trotchie from LaurasStitchInTime said 2 years ago

    What a joy to have Tim Gunn join us here on etsy. Validates us a lot!

  • pixiebell

    Diane and Christopher Serviss from pixiebell said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is like the best teacher I never had. I find his style, class and ability to motivate refreshing and charming and ..just wonderful! Thanks for being such an encouraging person, Tim ..we're all so glad that you love Etsy as much as we all do.

  • ginacrg

    ginacrg said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is a favorite person of mine. He is a class person, not just a personality. I admire his point of view, how he relates to people in such a kind way. Everything about how Tim is great. Yes, he is a human & that is wonderful about him, too. "Make it work!" comes to my mind so many times a day & pulls me thru. Thank you both for such a great interview!

  • VerbenaPlace

    David and Helen Worcester from VerbenaPlaceJewelry said 2 years ago

    Great interview! Tim Gunn - a true gem of a human being! Thank you for this interview!

  • babysnooks

    Babysnooks said 2 years ago

    More Tim Gunn's would make the world a better place. Have much respect and admiration for him. He is a super hero; so kind and so strong. Makes me wonder how different it would be if i had went to Parsons instead of Vassar. Good choice either way. Thanks for the article.

  • rsgirard

    Stephanie Girard from LarkRoadRhymes said 2 years ago

    Fantastic interview!

  • jeannemarble1

    Jeanne Tennison from FlowerPowerSquared said 2 years ago

    I am a major Project Runway fan. I would be all over an Etsy Project Runway Challenge....where do I sign up? Thanks Tim for a candid,interesting and thoughtful interview. I find you fascinating.

  • SilviaMarzucchi

    Silvia Marzucchi from SteamyLab said 2 years ago

    Tim, I admired you on Project Runway, you're so supportive and inspiring!!! I loved the interview and more so the moving video! Thanks for sharing this Tim <3<3<3

  • artlover2013

    Kay from ArtMeetsLove said 2 years ago

    It's amazing to have him at Etsy!

  • NeatNat

    Natalia B. from NataBurgos said 2 years ago

    I really like Tim Gunn and his sophistication. Very nice to pop in and find something like this in Etsy.

  • ArtOnAString

    June from ArtOnAString said 2 years ago

    Great interview! And I'm crazy about the 'Etsy Craft Show" idea! I hope that Tim can Make It Happen ! :) It would be fabulous!

  • designsbysarahharris

    Sarah Harris from designsbysarahharris said 2 years ago

    Tim's compassion for designers is inspiring. I would love for him to be more involved with Etsy.

  • feathers2gether

    cindy rogers from feathers2gether said 2 years ago

    3 cheers for Tim!

  • gypsiirose

    Crystal Rose from gypsiirose said 2 years ago

    Awesome interview! I love Tim Gunn, beautiful soul. <3

  • lucysnowephotography

    Lucy Snowe from lucysnowephotography said 2 years ago

    Great interview....and video.....wonderful feature!

  • DaisyandFlorrie

    Sue from DaisyandFlorrie said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn - he truly "makes it work"! An Etsy challenge on Project Runway would be fabulous.

  • shoalcreekleather

    Kathy from ShoalCreekLeather said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn- when I'm working on a project or sewing, I always hear his voice in my head "Make It Work" ha ha!!

  • ShoppeDeziLu

    Desiree from ShoppeDeziLu said 2 years ago

    Karen, thank you for such a wonderful interview. I have always loved Tim Gunn, but my admiration just increased 100-fold! What a lovely person and inspiring man!

  • maeve63

    Terri from GrandmaTerri said 2 years ago

    Thank you, Tim and Karen, for the wise words :-)

  • Polyester10

    SUPER SOCK from SUPERSOCK said 2 years ago

    Nice to see a leading figure that is so appreciative of life :) Thank you Karen and Tim for the inspiration.

  • LazyTcrochet

    Tricia from LazyTcrochet said 2 years ago

    I feel more buoyant having read this interview, especially since I don't have cable. Thank you. I hope you'll visit Etsy!

  • autumnvelvetrose

    Autumn Rose from ArtbyAutumnRose said 2 years ago

    really awesome

  • MarvelousMadame

    Linda Rhoads from GoldiesLoft said 2 years ago

    The idea of using Etsy was an idea I thought of for HGTV for interior designers to have an Etsy challenge for room decor. I hadn't thought of it for Project Runway, but love the idea. DO IT TIM. I admire you for all the encouragement you provide to so many.

  • BLANDONETSYSHOP

    BLANDON from BlandonEtsyShop said 2 years ago

    Excellent interview! Thanks for the feature!

  • mbueb

    Monica Bueb from MonicaBags said 2 years ago

    What an honor to have Tim Gun on Etsy!!! Karen, your comment reaffirmed the lofty level of regard I have for him. Thank you for your another beautifully crafted interview.

  • orlitesler

    orli tesler from TeslerMendelovitch said 2 years ago

    He really is such an elegant man. Wish we had teachers like him at school. Excellent interview!

  • JFBeadling

    Jennifer Beadling said 2 years ago

    So many well deserved compliments for Tim Gunn. I'll add one more: "authentic".

  • PaintedHorse

    susi from PaintedHorse said 2 years ago

    Love, love, love Tim Gunn and love this interview! Thank you for sharing...

  • rarebeasts

    Brian McNamara from rarebeasts said 2 years ago

    Great interview.

  • crimsonandfinch

    Mila Dagmar from crimsonandfinch said 2 years ago

    I adore Tim Gunn! I hope someone from etsy auditions for Project Runway, that would be aaamazing!

  • wingning

    Wing T from FubiniCrafts said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is so cool. awesome that he is an etsy fan! really enjoyed reading this.

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons from TigersandDragons said 2 years ago

    Project Runway is one of my favourite shows, I love shows where the competition is about creativity ( Face Off and Work of Art are good too). Stephanie, there was a series called Project Runway Accessory in 2011 for accessory designers. They had to make hats, shoes, purses and jewellery. It had different judges, host and mentor. Tim Gunn was not on it, as they had Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti as the accessories mentor.

  • ShilohWinterJewelry

    Laurie Lenz from LaurieLenzANGELS said 2 years ago

    I adore Tim Gunn! Such a dear person. What a great article! It's a dream for me to be on Project Runway some day! :)

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens from VogueVixens said 2 years ago

    Great interview! I've watched every season of Project Runway, Project Runway Canada, Australia, South Korea, and Project Catwalk (UK). I tried watching Project Runway Norway but there weren't subtitles. The Fashion Show and 24 Hour Catwalk were enjoyable, but PR is still head and shoulders above them. Part of that is Tim Gunn, he's excellent helping the contestants think about their designs, the best mentor I've seen on these fashion shows. Just a genuine person, you can tell how much he cares when designers leave, and he is always poised and polite even to the designers who don't listen to his advice.

  • herseoul

    herseoul said 2 years ago

    Craft not crafty? I love it already!

  • Nymphflora

    Nymphflora from Nymphflora said 2 years ago

    Thanks for the Etsy <3 Mr. Gunn! He is a rare treat to watch. His manner is so genuine and empathetic, while still maintaining professionalism and offering advice and criticism constructively. Every time I see him on Project Runway he makes me smile-he's like watching a fashionable favorite uncle on TV. He's also one of the most impeccably dressed men I've ever seen... I'd love to see an interview at home with you and your closet Mr. Gunn!

  • SignsByDiane

    Diane from SignsByDiane said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn!! Thanks for a great interview! I always enjoy watching him. He's so encouraging, inspiring, classy and unique!

  • kellywheat35

    Kelly Wheat from MapletonDrive said 2 years ago

    Great interview! Thank you

  • DCCFORMALSTYLE

    c hood from P31StitchLounge said 2 years ago

    "STYLE IS ETERNAL" I believe they were talking about Mr. Tim Gunn.

  • gladiolagladrags

    Justin Charles from JustinCharlesVintage said 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL!! Thank you so much, Mr. Gunn, for your kind WERQ & dedication, to Project Runway & most especially for LGBTQ youth. Your 'It Get's Better' message is truly amazing, words for the wise & not so wise, those still growing 'into their skin'. I was a homeless youth myself once, coming our in the 1980's at the high point of the AIDS crisis, with 'no future in sight' for 20-somethings at the time. Thank heavens that things work out for the best, if you can make it through the 'toughest of times'. I share in your dedication to this cause, through my WERQ with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, raising funds & awareness for LGBTQ youth & our community. BRAVO to you and to all of your fabulous endeavors. We need more like u!

  • NOTONbyRaquel

    Raquel Almeida from NOTONbyRaquel said 2 years ago

    Loved to read this interview with Tim Gunn! I always get thrilled when I see someone "famous" talking about a place where I sell, like Etsy. It means I'm in the right place ;)

  • pix1

    pix1 said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn. Great interview. So happy that he knows about Etsy. Would be fun to see some kind of Project Runway challenge incorporating Etsy. Truly wish that more people in the world were as kind and thoughtful as Tim Gunn. He speaks intelligently and from the heart. Very happy that Project Runway brought him into the limelight. Truly a bright star in the muck and mire of reality T.V.

  • ScratchThatKitsch

    Valerie from ScratchThatKitsch said 2 years ago

    Style AND substance--that's Tim Gunn! I've adored him for years, and proud to be part of something he loves!

  • ScentedSoftandSewn

    Sandra from ScentedSoftandSewn said 2 years ago

    "Kuddos" Tim Gunn ! You rock the word fashion in more ways than attire itself. Your Manners are impecable & Your style is classy. You bring to Project Runway a level of taste and humor that can't be replaced. I am an avid fan since the 1st season began. Keep up the great "make it" work. Loved your video here on Etsy. Welcome to our world of talented aritsans on Etsy.

  • camilaestrella

    Camila Estrella from camilaestrella said 2 years ago

    Wonderful Interview ♥ love Tom Gunn. Is spectacular ♥

  • LauraBoyea

    Laura Boyea from LauraBoyea said 2 years ago

    SO Wonderful to learn from. Thank you!

  • JeanieBeanHandknits

    Jeanie B from JeanieBeanHandKnits said 2 years ago

    I'm such a huge fan of Tim. I love his energy, his candid, contemplative and supportive advice to designers. Tim, your heartfelt message to LGBT and questioning youth is beautiful .

  • JeanieBeanHandknits

    Jeanie B from JeanieBeanHandKnits said 2 years ago

    'm such a huge fan of Tim. I love his energy, his candid, contemplative and supportive advice to designers. Tim, your heartfelt message to LGBT and questioning youth is beautiful .

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 2 years ago

    I have watched all the seasons of Project Runway and look forward to each new season...Tim Gunn is a big part of the reason I enjoy the show. He's the quintessential gentleman, impeccably dressed, thoughtful and polite, but you know he really knows the art and business of fashion. I was touched by his video and how he shared his own history of emotional crisis. I had a similar crisis as a teen due to depression and thought about suicide though never attempted it; and like Tim I am so glad I got help and got through it, because it does get better, and there is SO much joy I would have missed. I hope there will be an Etsy challenge on Project Runway! (I'd love to see it based on a design being inspired by an artist or crafter here :)

  • NatureVisionsToo

    Erica from NatureVisionsToo said 2 years ago

    Ha, Tim Gunn never thought that he would be on Project Runway, and I never thought that I would watch it, let alone really enjoy it. It's refreshing to see someone who is nice, polite, and thoughtful/caring on a reality show. He seems like a good man, and it was a pleasure to read this.

  • byEmilie11

    Emilie from byEmilie11 said 2 years ago

    Now how good is that ...great interview. Being able to say I've been around for quite a while on life's journey and being told multiple times in ones life to go get a real job, or that I was crazy doing what one loves to do because I wasn't making serious big $$$ according to someone else's standards. Being creative and feeling very alone at times, is something many artisans experience. It's very nice to have the validation from people like Tim Gunn. .... and also a site like Etsy which a few years ago when I mentioned it, no one knew what I was talking about now it's a site many have heard about and continues to grow thanks to so very many wonderful people.

  • CRAZYGIRLCLOTHES

    Cat from CRAZYGIRLSCLOTHING said 2 years ago

    Wow! How cool is Tim Gunn?!! I love him even more now!!!

  • sandcanyonjewelry

    Jane Brown from SandCanyonJewelryLLC said 2 years ago

    Love, love Tim Gunn and Project Runway. Tim is so practical, down-to-earth, and kind. What a wonderful person. So happy he loves Etsy!

  • TagsForTails

    Richinda B. from TagsForTails said 2 years ago

    Some very good words of wisdom in that read, thanks Tim and Etsy!

  • lynnsteeves

    Lynn Steeves from VerticalFlora said 2 years ago

    LOVE that you love etsy!

  • Ebrown2503

    Eleanore from FiberBeads said 2 years ago

    Yes, everything they said and more! Thanks for this wonderful interview.

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor said 2 years ago

    I'm crazy about Tim Gunn - such a class act! I love his vocabulary, not to mention his direct approach and compassionate personality. This interview is wonderful and what a touching video. I look forward to project runway every week to see Tim project his wisdom... and Leanne, I totally adore her work! Great post, Karen!

  • redtastic

    theresa murphy from redtastic said 2 years ago

    Tim is timeless...his calm encouragement and concise critiques are brilliant...I think of him as the quintessential Jiminy Cricket for today's aspiring designers...

  • murphymae

    Murphy Adams from MurphyAdamsStudio said 2 years ago

    I think the Project Runway/Etsy challenge should be a OOAK challenge. I love the pieces that incorporate original art, plus they should have to make an art accessory!

  • Cecil2

    Lisa from Cecil2 said 2 years ago

    Fabulous as always!!! So glad to hear Tim is crazy about Etsy and what the artist stands for...the importance of the handmade movement...quality and passions wrapped up with care to all our very appreciated customers...:)

  • 310jewelry

    Katie from 310jewelry said 2 years ago

    I absolutely love project runway! Have watched every season (multiple times)!!! I'm honored that Tim Gunn did this interview for Etsy! You're an inspiration, Tim!!! Love everything about it!!

  • LynnyA

    Lynn Heigh from VineAndBranchStudio said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn sets the lovely example we can all strive for :" We should be thoughtful and responsible, we should think about others, and treat others the way we want to be treated. " His gift and talents are brighter because of his character.

  • krjewelrydisplays

    Kathy from krjewelrydisplays said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is wonderful and how cool that a Project Runway winner sells on Etsy! Leanne Marshall, Etsy seller and winner of Project Runway season 5 Leanimal

  • shellycalnan

    Shelly Severson from MontanaBundleUp said 2 years ago

    Thank you Tim for being so genuine and honest!

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 2 years ago

    Such a wonderful interview! It was fascinating to hear the behind the scenes story of how Tim got on the show. I really love Tim’s advice about sticking to your own unique vision and sense of style as an artist and artisan. I really admire his emphasis on manners and good behaviors; I know that I feel good about myself whenever I come from a place of kindness and self respect. I do think that what goes around comes around.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 2 years ago

    Interesting article on Tim Gunn's perspective. Thanks!

  • claireferrante

    Claire from LittleDogVintage said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is my favorite part of Project Runway. Love this interview!

  • GoatGirlMH

    Michele Hemming from GoatGirlMH said 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for this interview. I never fail to be amazed by what a wonderful person Tim Gunn is!

  • CreativeSpiritGlass

    Anne Malone from CreativeSpiritGlass said 2 years ago

    The one show I never miss is Project Runway, and I have persuaded my husband to watch (who now is as avid as I am) and various friends have also been converted. It is so wonderful to watch the creative process within so many interesting individuals. Though I appreciate and am fond of all the judges, even Meana, er, em, I mean Nina,Tim Gunn is the heart and soul of the show, the voice of sanity, balance, and encouragement. His big heart and compassion are beacons. Thank you, Tim! Though my shop has nothing to do with fashion (at least clothes), my fantasy is that someday Tim will look at my shop and have words of encouragement for me also! I usually wear the oldest, rattiest, holiest clothes I have (many years old) to work as the chemicals I use burn holes in fabric. Maybe PR should do an episode on studio wear for artists who work with chemicals! Fashionable and strategic placement of holes!!!!

  • Loveybyisha

    Isha Webb from Loveybyisha said 2 years ago

    I love this interview and Tim Gunn! I auditioned back in 2008 and he gave me excellent advice! While I didn't make it on the show his advice and truthfulness helped me become the successful small business owner I've become. Ill never forget the experience and will always love watching project runway

  • EmaZuma

    EmaZuma from EmaZuma said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is such a thoughtful and classy person. A true inspiration on so many levels.

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn - thanks for the interview!!!!

  • twistguild

    barbara munic from twistguild said 2 years ago

    An intelligent man with a big heart and high standards....we should all be so lucky as to have such a role model. Regards, Barbara

  • ChampagnePress

    Julie Chaet from ChampagnePress said 2 years ago

    LOVE HIM and LOVE this interview! Etsy rocks!

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  • thepolkadothen

    thepolkadothen from ThePolkaDotHen said 2 years ago

    I love to watch Project Runway, and Mr. Gunn's thoughtful critiques have put so many of the designers back on track. I think they should have an Etsy accessory wall. I don't know if Etsy has enough shoe makers for it. But maybe it could be winter accessories, knitted and crocheted items(scarves, shawls, gloves, socks, etc.)

  • claudiashank

    Claudia Shank from Antiquesingomar said 2 years ago

    Karen, Congrats to you! Enjoyed the blog. Claudia

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick said 2 years ago

    I am crazy about Tim Gunn! xoxo

  • Justfaithjewelry

    Justfaithjewelry from Justfaithjewelry said 2 years ago

    This is a fabulous article !!! Project Runway is one of my favorite shows. Tim Gunn is just awesome !!!!

  • bookhouathome

    arounna from bookhouathome said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn, and great advice thanks so much for including my bag!

  • Threeonawire

    Frances Fernandez from Threeonawire said 2 years ago

    Kudos to Karen! Fantastic interview and post interview comments. I have admired Mr. Gunn for quite awhile and believe it is not only his intense design/fashion knowledge but his own style, wit, and charm that makes PR such a huge success. Most of all... he seems like such a genuine and kind human being. Keep mentoring us Tim!-we are all listening!

  • enchantedplanet

    enchantedplanet from enchantedplanet said 2 years ago

    Great interview, Karen! I Love Tim Gunn. He's such a cool guy, wonderful mentor to the designers, and a really kind soul. I Love Runway too. I've watched every season and always look forward to the next one. :)

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 2 years ago

    such a wonderful touching video. Thank you Tim.

  • reVetro

    Tiano from reVetro said 2 years ago

    Great Etsy article! Can't wait to watch the Etsy Challenge on Project Runway.

  • reVetro

    Tiano from reVetro said 2 years ago

    Fabulous Etsy interview! Can't wait to watch The Etsy Challenge on PR.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDConnection from TheIDconnection said 2 years ago

    Luv Tim - great read!

  • jwned702

    Shelby Timbers from PARDONMYVINTAGESHOP said 2 years ago

    I nearly fell over , this interview was epic! Love me some Tim!

  • mrslinux

    Sara C Taylor from GoddessGemsDesigns said 2 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this, great interview!

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 2 years ago

    Such a touching heart-felt video. Thank you Tim.

  • TeaAtHomeWithOlivia

    Olivia and Chaco from HuntandGatherStyle said 2 years ago

    Thank you Karen for a such a great interview. Tim thank you too. I enjoyed reading. Hugs and kisses, Olivia and Chaco

  • bmjnyc

    Barbara Polinsky from bmjnyc said 2 years ago

    Great interview. Thank you Tim, for courageously leading the way with sincerity, honesty and grace. Best wishes for continued success and may it keep getting better!

  • tinytweets

    Swati Ahuja from tinytweets said 2 years ago

    Love him :)

  • mouserrano

    Lisa Serrano Diaz from PrincessMouseyCards said 2 years ago

    This is great! I absolutely Admire & Adore Tim Gunn! I just finished watching PR a moment ago.... in tears with his Tim Gunn Save from last week! He is an Icon & to know that he enjoys Etsy! Awesome!

  • BellaCrystalDesigns

    Mary Grisaffi from BellaCrystalDesigns said 2 years ago

    What a nice person! Everyone should have a friend like Tim Gunn.

  • thehouseofaquarius

    Shannon O'Brien from thehouseofaquarius said 2 years ago

    He's seriously awesome.

  • HoneyThistle

    Wei from HoneyThistle said 2 years ago

    Tim is my favourite part of project runway! This is so awesome :)

  • traceyregester

    Tracey from 20thCenturyGoods said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is on the top of a very short list of people I admire in the media. His honesty and straight forwardness on Project Runway is so refreshing! Mr. Gunn seems to truly understand the creative process, I only wish I had a mentor like him during my years of studying art. PS Anyone who recognizes Patty Smith as a style icon is genius in my world! Write more books Tim!!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 2 years ago

    We love every interview Karen brings us! You are the master of the follow-up question. Etsy Project Runway was brilliant and subtle :)

  • lstonerockdesigns

    lawanda stonerock from lstonerockdesigns said 2 years ago

    thanks Tim Gunn for taking the time to interview with Karen. I admire Tim and love Project Runway! I have been sewing for a few years now and I always feel so inspired by the designers and Tim's love and wisdom. What a great interview. I hope they do an etsy challenge on the show!:)

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    Lydia Diaz from WEBAnaturalproducts said 2 years ago

    What a great interview! I love Tim; he's such a force of nature and contributes so much to Project Runway. I never miss a Season. Watching the creative process at work is something that I never get tired of.

  • jmorco

    jmorco from jmorco said 2 years ago

    "Make it Work." Love Tim Gunn! :)

  • aGhoulsNightOut

    Lisa Lange from LangeDollCouture said 2 years ago

    AWESOME!!! Tim Gunn is pure wisdom and kindness rolled up in a sophisticated package. I adore the man! Thanks Etsy for this story ♥

  • Doodlestitch

    Suzanne from Doodlestitches said 2 years ago

    Great interview! I really enjoyed the insights. Thank you

  • KylieFogartyArtist

    KYLIE FOGARTY from KylieFogartyFineArt said 2 years ago

    Tim is such an amazing guy - Project Runway is made by having him on the show! Fantastic interview Karen and what a great thought about the Etsy challenge!! :)

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 2 years ago

    While I never get the chance to watch the show online - as I don't have the cable channels anymore - I completely agree with his "craft and crafty" assessment. I had a boss at a high-end retail shop where I worked years ago, who used to refer to unprofessional-looking, cutesy work that some people brought in to show her, as "loving hands at home". Of course she never said it to them, as she politely rejected their work but I like to refer to good work as artistry since the word craft has lost much of its meaning. I also LOVED his statement "In many ways, Etsy was very prophetic about the values we are holding so high today: Made in America, Made in New York, bringing back the Garment District." Well if Tim and the influence of Etsy can pull this one off I'd say America was truly on its way back! When I worked in the garment center in the 70s and early 80s, by degree it was becoming a mere shadow of what it once was....the buzz of busy streets was gone, the creativity was gone, the great suppliers gone and the spirit of the place was gone....the Orient had grabbed its soul....so sad!

  • bigredbarnbam

    Karen and Mark Noe from bigredbarnbam said 2 years ago

    This is a great interview and what a top knotch act Tim Gunn is, as everyone who has responded has concurred. A breath of fresh air and what an "encourager". . .Yeah for you Tim Gunn what great example you bring. I am a project runway "fan" and have actually thought many times that it would be a great idea to connect with etsy on an episode. So here are a couple of thoughts on how. . . 1. Feature etsy artists that are clothing designers, pick one item they sell in their store and let the PR contestants choose whose item they want to inspire them. Then let the PR contestant get the etsy store owner/designer to assist with them on the project and with the help they could do a couple or more looks that are inspired by the esty designer. 2. Pick items from etsy artistist to be the "inspiration" for a design challenge, these could be random items which would showcase esty's versitility or items in a theme like all pottery artists or all painters. Each PR contestant would pick which one they want to be there inspiration and design off of that. 3. Pick etsy sellers that sell "vintage" clothing and pick one item from their store to be the inspiration, maybe a specific era or a range of vintage like 40's -60's clothing. . . for an added twist you could feature esty artists accessories for part of the look, like jewelry, or shoes or? ? ? I assume the Belk folks have a contract with PR and need to be featured but maybe they limit the esty artist's to a certain accessory. The PR contestant's could choose both the vintage item and the accessory. . . or let the accessory be randomly assigned to each contestant. Okay I confess . . I used to work in TV and brainstorming was always fun for me. I will stop for now. . .maybe later a few more. ~Karen

  • laruelaluxe

    laruelaluxe from laruelaluxe said 2 years ago

    Fabulous read, Love, Love Tim Gunn; beautiful person inside and out!

  • LaurasHandmadeGifts

    Laura from LaRoHandmades said 2 years ago

    Great inspiring interview!

  • bartekd

    Bartek from BartekDesign said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is fantastic! Thanks for interview!

  • tliv1965

    Theresa Livingston from PrairieIce said 2 years ago

    I admire Tim Gunn's taste and insights, and I can appreciate the "Made in America" and "Made in New York" values he mentions. However, such a narrow focus misses the whole point of Etsy. I believe people are drawn to Etsy because it is a world e-marketplace where makers from around the globe can showcase their wares to buyers from around the globe. Otherwise, a great interview. Thanks!

  • ccdoodle

    christy chung from ccdoodle said 2 years ago

    I'm a huge fan of Tim Gunn & Project Runway! Thank you for this great interview!

  • BKMHattitude

    Bkm from BkmHattitude said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn!!!!!

  • catherinemaria

    Catherine Maria Charalambous from BouncyTree said 2 years ago

    Such an interesting interview. It is great to know some of the greatest icons in fashion like Tim Gunn is checking out what we do. Thanks for the info

  • theindiehandmade

    Ombretta from IndieLab said 2 years ago

    Fantastic! Great interesting interview!

  • robinallen

    Robin Harris-Allen from TheWendyDollHouse said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is simply WONDERFUL!!! Lovely interview.

  • treecraftdiary

    Cindy K from TreeCraftDiary said 2 years ago

    Wow! I love this interview! Learnt so much by his words.

  • LisasFabricShop

    Lisa Aldrich from LisasFabricShop said 2 years ago

    I just love Tim Gunn. Awesome interview thanks for sharing!!!

  • somsstudiosupplies

    Som from somsstudiosupplies said 2 years ago

    Awesome interview! Love Tim Gunn and love his words "Make it work"!

  • tomsaaristo

    tomsaaristo from tomsaaristo said 2 years ago

    Outstanding and sublime! Thank you!

  • susanbroemmelsiek

    Susan Broemmelsiek from FlowerArtPlace said 2 years ago

    I'm crazy about you, Tim. You're a sweetheart!

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    Amy from needleandfelt said 2 years ago

    Aw, Tim!! xox

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    Sweetie Cake from crumbtastic said 2 years ago

    I love this! Tim you are one of the reasons I watch project runway. I love your kindness and genuine soul. Thanks etsy for doing this awesome interview.

  • CamillaHellman

    Camilla from SinonaDesign said 2 years ago

    <3 Tim, and wonderful interview!

  • AliceSioux

    Alice from AliceSiouxBridal said 2 years ago

    I wish I could be on Project Runway know I would win. I was always amazed at the contestants who didn't follow Tim Gunn's exemplary advise and would subsequently be 'OUT'~! The HISTORY OF FASHION was my FAVORITE (and still is) Subject in the Fashion Institute~! My fellow students would disagree however and I was known as the GEEK. HA HA

  • ericawalker

    Erica Walker from WalkerSilverworks said 2 years ago

    Mr. Gunn, you are such an inspiration artistically and personally. Thank you!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard from GollyBard said 2 years ago

    I adore Tim Gunn!

  • AliceSioux

    Alice from AliceSiouxBridal said 2 years ago

    I wish I could be on Project Runway know I would win. I was always amazed at the contestants who didn't follow Tim Gunn's exemplary advise and would subsequently be 'OUT'~! The HISTORY OF FASHION was my FAVORITE (and still is) Subject at the Fashion Institute~! My fellow students would disagree however and I was known as the GEEK. HA HA

  • ArtWildflowers

    ArtWildflowers from ArtWildflowers said 2 years ago

    THANKS Tim! I've been a project runway fan since season one & I look forward with anticipation for each new season to begin! Long Live Project Runway! & thank your for getting the younger generation interested in sewing again!

  • BeadingTimes

    Zeynep from ZeyJewel said 2 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Love Tim Gunn!!!!!

  • snowflakesara20

    Sara from UrbanFarmhouseTampa said 2 years ago

    That would be great if Tim did an Etsy show, I know I would watch it.

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 2 years ago

    Thanks Tim for your time. Etsy is wonderful

  • longlynette

    Lynette Long from YarnedTogether said 2 years ago

    What a great interview! I've been a fan of Project Runway since the beginning. I simply love watching the designers inspirations unfold.

  • rctees

    toni from RCTees said 2 years ago

    FABulous interview Karen!! Tim Gunn...oh my, what a beautiful man!!

  • Gardenleafdesigns

    Gardenleafdesigns from GardenLeafSeaside said 2 years ago

    Many Thanks to Tim Gunn for returning style and elegance through fashion craftsmanship! Fabulous!

  • elizabethrivera1

    ELIZABETH RIVERA said 2 years ago

    DELIGHTFULL INTERVIEW, WHAT A GENTLEMAN & DANDY WITH SUBSTANCE.

  • modernbird

    Laura Flavin from modernbird said 2 years ago

    I adore you Tim Gunn, you are a true gift to the world.

  • limezinnias

    limezinnias from LimezinniasDesign said 2 years ago

    I would LOVE to see some of "Tim Gunn's Favorites from Etsy"!!

  • dressywomenshop

    Cherry zheng from DressyProm said 2 years ago

    How amazing he is! And it's also a good interview!

  • SoulCysterCreations

    Christina Ohler from SoulCysterCreations said 2 years ago

    Tim is an amazing person!

  • Rt9NJvintageFun

    candy donnelly from Rt9NJvintageFun said 2 years ago

    What an incredible interview! Wish Tim could be a member of the Board of Directors, if there is such a group at Etsy, to help guide the Company through the changes now and in the future. Tim we all love and respect You!

  • LemonChidori

    Lyn Callahan from LemonChidori said 2 years ago

    Tim is one amazing guy.

  • BlossomandTwig

    Priscilla Williams from BlossomandTwig said 2 years ago

    I love him so much. Tim Gunn is a treasure ♥

  • desireeling3

    Desiree Ling from MamasLittleMarket said 2 years ago

    WOW - amazing message. Etsy is pretty wonderful. :)

  • JooJooBeeArt

    Kyle Comerford from JooJooBeeArt said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is a great teacher! That was a neat article!!

  • Fevi

    Fevi Reyes from Fevi said 2 years ago

    Love him! Thank You for that message, you rock Tim Gunn.

  • JujuFoods

    Julie Burton from JujuFoods said 2 years ago

    My only TV addiction is Project Runway. Love Tim, the whole concept, and Etsy, too!

  • Trimbuktoo

    camille from Trimbuktoo said 2 years ago

    Hi Tim!

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    Tasha LaRae from earjeans said 2 years ago

    I absolutely adore Tim Gunn! Thank you for such an insightful interview. Just another great reason why Etsy Rocks!!

  • DosReinas

    Silvana Barrios from QuieroJune said 2 years ago

    Karen Thank you so much for this interview and for the selection. I can't belive it. I'm stunned, and I love him. I use to see him in E! Love it!!!

  • ChainCandy

    Chain Candy from ChainCandy said 2 years ago

    Absolutely love Tim Gunn!<3

  • airpamela

    Pamela Griffen from PennyEmily said 2 years ago

    Good to know a bit more about you, Tim. I have enjoyed Project Runway since the beginning. You are a breath of fresh air on the show. So many egos getting in the way and you get them back to reality.

  • Cricketartworks

    Laurie from Cricketartworks said 2 years ago

    This man is kind, polite and knows his game! He does not have to be a false person to succeed, and that gives me the most hope of all. The best part of Project Runway is his advice and encouragement, because he truly cares about the individual person. Know who you are,.... its the best advice you can give. It can take time to get that place. Its my goal and one I am always striving to reach as a artist. Thank you Mr. Gunn,... for stopping by Etsy and giving this great interview!

  • Cricketartworks

    Laurie from Cricketartworks said 2 years ago

    This man is kind and polite, and knows his game. I believe he truly cares about the individual and there vision. Know who you are....the best best advice, one that I work towards every day! Thank You Mr. Gunn, for stopping by Etsy and giving this wonderfully inspiring interview!

  • Bylala

    Paula from Bylala said 2 years ago

    Etsy on Project Runway!!!! YES!!! Thanks for the interview! Love Tim Gunn.

  • rosalynvintage

    Rosalyn Martz from rosalynvintage said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gun, he is an inspiration to me, I had followed Project Runway from the beginning mostly because of him. His classy, caring and genuine guidance had always been refreshing. I totally get it when he says the word "crafty" to a design or creation and during my self-critique I always imagine Tim Gun's voice and precise eyes of inquiry "Talk to me." which helps me be concise in execution of my ideas without losing my personal touch on it. " Isn't it a little crafty?" guides me to focus on the quality and polished presentation of my products." I'm a little worried..." helps me spot stuff that does not work with the big picture of my creative business. And finally, his classic " Carry on..." always give me a boost during busy and challenging days. Thank you Karen and Etsy for featuring this interview. Thank you Tim Gun.

  • PinkPianos

    Hilary Hahn from PinkPianos said 2 years ago

    I love what Tim has to say about the importance of execution in the perfection of craft.

  • hazelkafka

    Abigail McKinney said 2 years ago

    As the sister of a gay man I appreciate his reaching out to questioning youth. My brother has struggled with the stigma of his sexuality for years, I know that the video It Gets Better did help him even as an adult. The stigmas that gay men struggle against daily is a serious, unrelenting battle and it takes a strong individual to overcome this battle. You are winning Tim! Thanks for the interview and the encouraging words! Craft! NOT crafty!!! <3

  • limegreenmodern

    Tracy from limegreenmodern said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn...always the voice of reason on Project Runway and such a classic, eloquent person. Would love to see a PR & Etsy challenge on the show!

  • MadisonStreetBeauty

    MadisonStreetBeauty from MadisonStreetBeauty said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn, thanks for the great interview

  • meredithamand

    meredithamand from ThePaperyCraftery said 2 years ago

    Such a big fan! Love!!!

  • afterglowretro

    robin parfitt from afterglowretro said 2 years ago

    Have to admit that Project Runway is a favourite of mine, always astonished what can be created in so little time. And Tim is a respectfully firm, honest and fair mentor and judge!

  • CoCoSam64

    CoCoSam64 said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn ; Love ETSY; love Craft in all forms

  • sweetgumballinc

    sweetgumballinc Gumball from sweetgumballinc said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn...You are "Gunn"a change this world to be a better place! Absolutely adore you. Keep up the positive work! You are a blessing to this world. xo's ~ susan & karen

  • Maxijoy

    Joy from MaxiJoy said 2 years ago

    I ADORE TİM GUNN

  • saylorrose

    Megan from saylorrose said 2 years ago

    So glad the world has people like Tim Gunn... <3

  • dianemarie23

    Diane Marie from DianeMarieArt said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is such a kind, intelligent man, and I, like everyone else, love him! He has an incredibly kind heart and is a true inspiration as a human being. Very happy to hear his thoughts on Etsy! Good interview!

  • scarvesinfinity

    Le Chelle from ScarvesInfinity said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is AMAZING! So wonderful to hear his thoughts on Etsy! Loved this!

  • stockannette

    Annette from Stockannette said 2 years ago

    And I am crazy about Tim Gunn!

  • randyjallen

    Randy Allen said 2 years ago

    Let's face it...Tim Gunn IS Project Runway. Of course the judges are a part of the show but Tim Gunn takes the cake!

  • don511

    Lynn Wills from ForeverFunCouture said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is awesome!!He is so encouraging and gives great constructive criticism too!! He is a great role model!! Tim is my favorite on Project Runway!

  • TickledPinkKnits

    Elena Rosenberg from ElenaRosenberg said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn, I adore you!

  • LittleGirlGay

    Betsy Gay from LittleGirlGay said 2 years ago

    I love what Tim said Re: treating others with respect in both your personal and professional lives. The world could use a little more of his advise right now. Thanks Tim

  • Youradhere

    Caitlin from TheLogoCo said 2 years ago

    Yay, Tim! I adore this man and have a signed copy of the Golden Rules, I was fortunate enough to go to an interview he did at Y92 a few years back and his story really moved me. He's so wonderful to all the contestants on the show and I love that his character has never been compromised by fame. Wonderful interview :)

  • christineskiver

    Christine from CariJoyDesigns said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn = An angel on earth. Love, love, love him. Such an inspiration to so many people.

  • christineskiver

    Christine from CariJoyDesigns said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn, an angel on Earth. Such an inspiration. Love, love, love him.

  • JessicaTorrant

    Jessica Torrant from JessicaTorrant said 2 years ago

    Love you Tim! The format this year on the show is fantastic! I love seeing you on the judges panel and discussing the garments in finer detail up close. Thrilled that you are a fan of Etsy and the idea that PR and Etsy could team up for a challenge is really exciting!

  • UrhammerArts

    Divine Hammer from UncommonFolk said 2 years ago

    OH Tim, you're thee Mostest <3!

  • compassionmalas

    Laura from compassionmalas said 2 years ago

    Such a helpful and compassionate video! What a brave, kind, creative soul.

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 2 years ago

    Tim, etsy is more than just New York - it represents a vast and diverse global handmade market ! Visit more often - we love your words of sage wisdom ;)

  • cindyc06

    Cindy Calderón from NotJustCrafts said 2 years ago

    Awesome interview. Love Tim. Love Etsy.

  • MomBabyMe

    Shirlee and Ashlee from MomBabyMe said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn!! Great interview!

  • josephbjohnston1

    Joseph B Johnston from ManzanitaStudios said 2 years ago

    Great Interview!!! Thank you for the Support of All Things Beautiful!!! Thank you to All Etsy Sellers for Being Brave Enough to Stand Out!!!

  • wendisattic

    Wendi Peterson from wendisattic said 2 years ago

    Reason to watch 'Project Runway' is Tim

  • senoritasofia

    s o p h i a from MadrinaSofia said 2 years ago

    Great interview...I agree with him - "Life is a big collaboration".

  • lisascuddy

    lisa cuddy said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is the epitome of class and style. We are all better for being exposed to him. I would love to meet him in person someday., Although I don't think I would measure up to him, he's too much of a gentleman to point it out. I love him and all he represents.

  • RigbyandFable

    Megan Moulos from RigbyAndFable said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn so much! My boyfriend is decidedly not a fan of Project Runway, but he LOVES Tim, so he would watch it with me to see Mr. Gunn do his thing. Thank you for loving Etsy!

  • mad4plaid

    Jill from mad4plaid said 2 years ago

    My ultimate HERO - Tim you rock!!!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 2 years ago

    great interview, thank you!

  • swaggjewelry

    April McGee-Riess from RawLuxGems said 2 years ago

    Such great advice from a wise and gentleman. I love you Tim Gunn!!!

  • crazy4fabric

    Kim from FiberBungalow said 2 years ago

    Oh, Tim Gunn...I love you! Great interview! <3

  • SaritaBaby

    SaritaBaby from SaritaBaby said 2 years ago

    Love me some Tim Gunn!

  • steviebdesigns

    Steven Perlmuter from steviebdesigns said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn you are AMAZING...I admire you. PR is one of my favorite shows, OK I am obsessed with it! I too am a designer, but of jewelry...wish Project Accessories came back, would love to compete!

  • JessieArch

    Jessie Archambault from 1509Partridgeberry said 2 years ago

    Not many people are as down to earth as they are sophisticated. Tim Gunn is most definitely the perfect combination of the two. Love him! Great interview.

  • HuntersHideaway

    Milly from HunterandCoDesigns said 2 years ago

    I have had the great pleasure of working with Tim Gunn over the last 6 seasons of Project Runway as a member of the Camera Department (my dayjob). He is an extraordinary man, and one of the kindest, most genuine people I have ever met. Tim is truly an inspiration and the entire crew adores him!

  • nanascurse

    nanascurse said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn! Love that he loves Etsy! My husband and I watch Project Runway together. We agree that Tim Gunn is a kind, smart, classy gentleman! Without Tim Gunn, Project Runway would hold less appeal to me. He can be counted upon to deliver value criticism, but is never mean-spirited or catty in his remarks. He is a breath of fresh air among the dozens of reality show participants who seem to forget good manners and civil behavior when the cameras begin to roll.

  • LilyMoonSigns

    Lily Bhattacharya from LilyMoonsigns said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn, his humor and his sincerity come thru. I agree work should show craft not be messy. good luck to all for wonderful sale season in 2013!

  • HandmadeHotSpot

    Shelly Rautmann from MyMindsEyeBoutique said 2 years ago

    OMG!!.........Love Tim Gunn!!! Just a total CLASS ACT!!!!!!!!!!!! Never miss Project Runway!!! Keep them coming......:)

  • nitablum

    Nita Blum from GoldenPlumeJewelry said 2 years ago

    Love ! Thanks for sharing this, Tim Gunn is fantastic and so is etsy!

  • LuckiiArts

    Casey Virata from LuckiiArts said 2 years ago

    The man is Aces!

  • julz21

    julz21 said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn makes the world a better place:-) He's the sunnyside up!

  • indigobjects

    indigobjects from indigobjects said 2 years ago

    Enjoyed the interview and insight. Looking forward to reading the book; love the title!

  • FarfalleTies

    Rosemarie from FarfalleTies said 2 years ago

    Love to watch Tim on Project Runway. Especially loved the bow tie challenge.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 2 years ago

    Love Project Runway! Tim Gunn brings sophistication and class to the show!

  • tombstonebead

    Tombstone Bead Collection from TombstoneBeads said 2 years ago

    and I'm crazy about Tim Gunn!!

  • dayslonggone

    Gwynne Collins from DaysLongGone said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn and Project Runway! It is great to see you here on Etsy! Love your interview, Tim! :)

  • AdornedMalaBeads

    Sam from BuzzMeditations said 2 years ago

    Etsy's bringing out the Big Gunns...literally. Impressive. Best interview yet Etsy.

  • maryneil1

    Mary from VillageFair said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is cynical about trends. That's a wonderful thing to say! And to bring history into the mix. Thank you!

  • AmongTheRuins

    Kim from AmongTheRuins said 2 years ago

    Wow, that was a GREAT read! Thanks for interviewing one of my most favorite people on planet earth - Tim Gunn!! He IS class!

  • honneylove

    Christine Veasey from prettycunning said 2 years ago

    Brilliant interview! Tim's voice saying things like "Keep it simple!" and "Make it work!" have gotten me through some challenges and inspired me to keep going! Especially with some of my non-etsy (so far!) pieces of up-cycled vintage jewelry.

  • KASTina

    Kristina Ilickovic from Kastina said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn, wonderful gentleman:)))!

  • showbelles

    Rhonda Griffin from Showbelles said 2 years ago

    Thanks Tim for sharing with all of us here at Etsy. Thanks Karen for arranging the interview for us. "Keep it simple...make it work". Now that's good stuff.

  • caraniblock1

    Cara Niblock from TheMommysLife said 2 years ago

    I Love Tim Gunn!

  • rocarbone

    rocarbone said 2 years ago

    What a great message--hope it helps kids who so do not deserve to feel this anguish. Hmm, and hope it helps adults who may feel it still, too. Great guy you are, Tim.

  • SlippinSouthern

    Gregory Morris from HavenAmerica said 2 years ago

    We have always been crazy about watching Project Runway and especially watching Tim Gunn do his thing on the program. He is so well spoken and intelligent. I often find myself speaking like him to everyone after watching the show. Tim makes me be PROUD to be a designer.

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 2 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE Tim Gunn! Great interview! Thanks!

  • crystalbat

    Kati Driscoll from cloverhunter said 2 years ago

    This article made me tear up. When I first started sewing, Project Runway s1 was such an incredible inspiration to me! PR taught me that sewing is more than craft - it is art. Great interview and thank you for including the "it gets better" spot as well, which cannot be said enough.

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    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness this just made me love Tim Gunn even more. What a wonderful guy. I really agree with him in that Etsy goes along with what society values today, what with the whole "Made in USA" thing.

  • EarthGroovz

    EarthGroovz from EarthGroovz said 2 years ago

    There are few people who can pull off poise, honesty, and humor in one sentence. Tim Gunn is one of those people. Great interview!

  • sarantos

    sarantos from SARANTOS said 2 years ago

    Tim touches your soul and makes it smile. Thanks for a lovely interview!

  • LynnsLittleShop

    LynnsLittleShop from LynnsLittleShop said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn on Project Runway and enjoyed reading this interview! Thanks!

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 2 years ago

    Great interview!

  • eclu

    Jami from eclu said 2 years ago

    Tim, I love you...

  • Jocelynd99

    Jocelyn Williams said 2 years ago

    OMG - I love Tim! I have his bobble-head toy on my desk. LOVE LOVE LOVE

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 2 years ago

    Great interview! Love Tim!

  • GoldhawkPotteryEtc

    Sara from GoldhawkPotteryEtc said 2 years ago

    His story is so incredible and I love how he has become such an icon for so many things - including fashion history and etiquette. Way to go Tim!

  • TagsOnBags

    Kristine from MyLovelyBridesmaids said 2 years ago

    What an amazing and brave thing for Tim Gunn to do (referring to the video). Good for him and I hope the message helps many, many, many people - especially young people who need to hear that. LOVE you Tim.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 2 years ago

    great advise!

  • madebymonicaj

    Monica Jones from MadebyMonicaJ said 2 years ago

    I just posted on my FB page his whole statement regarding, "One of the few things we have any power and control over is our own behavior.....". Love me some Tim Gunn.

  • ninisniche

    Linda Rieschel from NinisNiche said 2 years ago

    Wow. I just watched Mr. Gunn's message. Even though he will not be reading this...I am never-the-less compelled to tell him how much I admire him. Whenever I see and hear him speak, what comes through is Tim Gunn's remarkable ability to express kindness and empathy for others. The fact that he is an amazing teacher, mentor, friend, advocate, and icon, and all of these facets are put together in a gorgeous package, is a true miracle. There is only one Tim Gunn, but he's so spectacular, all we really need is one!

  • lgbwook

    L Bishop from OurPassionIsFashion said 2 years ago

    Very interesting interview. Thank you!

  • DOTTO

    NICOLE Dotto from DOTTO said 2 years ago

    Tim, my favorite.

  • cocorosecouture

    Bree Johnson from cocorosecouture said 2 years ago

    love me some gunn!

  • territhrall

    Teresa from BroadRiverExchange said 2 years ago

    Kudos for the Tim Gunn interview!

  • JOANSGARDENS

    Joan from JOANSGARDENS said 2 years ago

    What a great person he is...everyone that listens to him, stands at respectful attention!

  • Vfosheim

    Vigdis Fosheim said 2 years ago

    I bought that bookathune tote two years ago- love it !

  • meilanmizell

    Meilan Mizell from chrysanthemumcompany said 2 years ago

    I love Tim Gunn. I believe he is one of the most wonderful people in popular culture. You can tell he truly cares about people. I wish more celebrities were doing more to spread hope and kindness. One day I hope to meet Tim Gunn and tell him how spectacular I think he is and give him a giant hug!

  • millerkent

    Kent Miller said 2 years ago

    Tim's comments about craft and good behavior kind of go together, I think. After all, doesn't cultivating the intention to make things as well as you can complement the aspiration to do well by others? Works for me, at least. Thanks Tim! Thanks Karen!

  • KitKatCabaret

    KitKatCabaret from KitKatCabaret said 2 years ago

    my heart is delighted every day I discover another exquisite Vintage fashion borrowed from historys embrace, Rarely I sell the item, many times I cherish the item, I love the steampunk style boots from the 80s, 90s, and anything burlesque or pinup I collect pinup swim suits, and the boots and show girl shoes this is a great article

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is addicting! make it work, work with your mistakes, make it look like that mistake was on purpose. that is what artists do. problem solve!

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 2 years ago

    Great interview....Love the pictures!

  • MoeSewCoMillinery

    Emily Moe from MoeSewCoMillinery said 2 years ago

    We've been doing Project Runway-style challenges in the Milliners of Etsy for years! We've dreamed of getting Tim Gunn to be our judge! https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTE2NTA5NDh8MjcyNDkzMzM3NA/the-milliners-of-etsy-team-challenge-au

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 2 years ago

    I don't know Project Runway or Tim Gunn, but i know enough by now not to pass over one of karens terrific interviews. She is a girl who knows how to hit a nail right square on the head.

  • 7pinedesign

    Janet V. from 7PineDesign said 2 years ago

    Brilliant. Wonderful interview! I adore Tim Gunn. He is the mentor we all wish we had in design school. I look forward to Thursday nights for PR and go into withdrawal when each season is finished. Tim's books are just as to-the-point as this interview...highly recommended.

  • searchnrescue2

    Beth and Bebe from searchnrescue2 said 2 years ago

    A Etsy -style handmade challenge....WOW that would be awesome! Love Tim Gunn and we would definitely try out for that show!!! Great interview!

  • Squier

    Squier from Squier said 2 years ago

    Awesome interview. Love it!

  • Talking1

    Richard - TalkToMeGuy said 2 years ago

    Wow, how fun ! Really..!

  • umeone

    Linda Sapp Long from umeone said 2 years ago

    Delightful and inspiring interview! Thank you Karen and Tim!

  • sylviabrady1

    Sylvia Smith Brady from DesignedBySyl said 2 years ago

    ETSY will change the world, while it changes us. Made in Amerca is VERY important to us right now in this economy!! Thanks for loving US and what we have to offer. Thanks

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 2 years ago

    Now i found time to watch the video and find out who is this Tim Gunn....... I still don't know Project Runway and i suspect you need a television for that, but i know that this is a guy with one big beautiful heart and that counts for a lot in a culture where people get clean away with being outright mean.

  • amandainmtl

    Amanda from EvaLana said 2 years ago

    Wonderful interview. He's a true mentor/educator and definitely an inspiration to artists everywhere.

  • parkerdeborah03

    parkerdeborah03 from parkerdeborah03 said 2 years ago

    Dear Tim Gunn!! I am a true fan of yours from your positiveness & true concern for all people. I listened to your video & I was very touched by your words, there are so many out there at all ages that are worried about being accepted. You give so much inspiration & hope for them to truly believe they will be alright, accepted & loved! As you would say "CARRY ON"

  • SkyBox

    Jenny from SkyBox said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn!! Thank you so much for your positivism and inspiration!

  • Gobbledygook

    Dahlia Miranda from JuniperRoses said 2 years ago

    We love you Tim Gunn! Yours is a voice that could never be forgotten. xoxo - Juniper Rose's Handmade & Vintage

  • janesteinmetz

    Jane from foxandfamily said 2 years ago

    Project Runway is my our time favorite show ever. My daughter and I have not missed an episode. We love Tim Gunn's passion for fashion and his straightforward advice to the designers. And we also just love the gingham shirts...

  • FiredEarthEtc

    Irene from FiredEarthEtc said 2 years ago

    What can I say, it's been all said for me! Love you Tim Gunn and watch you weekly when you're on. Love your straight talk. A big fan!

  • christinesons

    christine from GraceYourNest said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is sincere and helpful as a mentor to the designers on PR. Thank you Tim for your interest in etsy, I know I'm honored.

  • wigginssandy

    Sandy Wiggins from SandyWigginsImages said 2 years ago

    Awesome piece for an Etsy blog. Loved it! p.s. Hi Tim! Passion is always in fashion!

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 2 years ago

    Awesome! Great interview!

  • Snowalker

    Vic Dinovici from BusyHanger said 2 years ago

    Very inspiring interview.Thanks

  • suemichaud

    Sue Michaud from FindsofaKind said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is eloquent and compassionate. I have been a fan of his since reading his book Quality, Taste, & Style. He is so talented and I hope he never goes away.

  • mullishmuse

    Melanie Howard from mullishmuse said 2 years ago

    TIM GUNN is a true American Hero because he is forthright and honest but never mean or disrespectful. WELL DONE and carry on!

  • tadalyn2006

    Kelie from tadalyndesign said 2 years ago

    Great article. I would love to watch a project runway episode involving etsy!

  • CreativePlayware

    Kristina Pilhage Fassberg from CreativePlayware said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn, you are such a great artist in his own *craft*. Wonderful interview, I felt like I was in the room with you. Style, poise and wit, you have it all! With a cherry on top! :-)

  • mrskristina

    MrsKristina from WhimsyAbode said 2 years ago

    This is an amazing article. Very inspiring and ... motivating for me -even if I know I will never even apply for a season of Project Runway.

  • OceansideCastle

    Laura from OceansideCastle said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is a talented and articulate man. What a treat to get his opinion about Etsy. He's the best part of Project Runway by far. Make it work!!!!

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood from acuriousbrood said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn, what a charming fellow. I always admire the way he doles out his superb advice with such genuineness and respect.

  • MakeMeUnique

    Tara from CrowdCapture said 2 years ago

    Good read. Useful tips I will be looking into reading your books to get a true insight into the industry.

  • TheLadyUpstairs

    TheLadyUpstairs from TheLadyUpstairs said 2 years ago

    Tim, a really good person and a gentleman!

  • Seascape6

    Seascape6 said 2 years ago

    Great interview! Love Project Runway and adore Tim Gunn.

  • BackyardBrand

    Jim McLean from BackyardBrand said 2 years ago

    Call me contrarian but I'm ambivalent about this image for Etsy.

  • brainfart

    brainfart said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn a true Gentleman !

  • Bellini118

    Belen Boulger said 2 years ago

    What a quality man. Have only seen a few shows but always impressed with his authenticity and kindness; never sacharine or patronizing.

  • 3vintagehearts

    Scarlett from 3vintagehearts said 2 years ago

    Love this interview and wonderful wisdom !

  • AnnaBelleArts

    AnnaBelleArts from AnnaBelleArts said 2 years ago

    I am crazy about Tim Gunn!!!

  • RogueButton

    Jeanne Brown from ButtonRoad said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn has coined a phrase that can really improve one's life. "Make it Work"! Thank you Tim. That is advice that has helped me at work, with cooking, sewing and knitting. It is invaluable in moving forward on projects.

  • kimme005

    Kim Fisher-Anctil from KimberBlueDesigns said 2 years ago

    I just love Tim Gunn. He's a wonderful human being and has such a beautiful way about him. This was an inspiring and encouraging article. More Tim Gunn please! :)

  • CheersJewellery

    JoJo from TrendJewellery said 2 years ago

    Love, interesting and wonderful.

  • PaintedTulipStudio

    Melissa Bittinger from PaintedTulipStudio said 2 years ago

    What a fabulous surprise to see Tim Gunn interviewing for Etsy. Very inspiring, I too am a Tim Gunn lover! I've watched Project Runway from the start and cannot imagine the show without him. Thank you Karen and thank you Tim for this interview and sharing the video for those needing a sign of hope for their own future. Tim, you were meant to be here. So let's all go "make it work"! Lots of Love your way, Melissa

  • alyscloset

    alyscloset from alyscloset said 2 years ago

    Love project runway. Absolutely love Tim Gunn

  • pieterdipaola

    Dora Didora from JewelleryWorkshop said 2 years ago

    Great article , and very inspiring ! I will start my day with his words :It is getting better" !

  • ThinkTank

    ThinkTank from ThinkTank said 2 years ago

    I love you, Tim Gunn. You are so kind and inspiring. Thank you for being on this planet.

  • PrettyCharmed

    Cheryl from PrettyCharmed said 2 years ago

    I am so thrilled that Tim did an interview for Etsy! I absolutely adore him and all that he stands for. He is a rare and special human being!

  • cassiabourne

    Carol and Cassia from AnastasiaNoelle said 2 years ago

    Thank you Tim Gunn! I watch you on Project Runway and feel inspired every time. The show would not be the same without you. Thank you for taking the time to recognize the Etsy community of outstanding artisans. If you ever decide to fill the runway with toddlers I would love a chance to design unique footwear for their little feet. Bless you Tim!

  • btrwc

    TMCdesigns from NorthMajestyTrail said 2 years ago

    Gunn's Golden Rules is refreshing in todays world! Thank you Tim... TMC

  • BackyardBrand

    Jim McLean from BackyardBrand said 2 years ago

    I wish to qualify my comment above by saying that I am not a viewer of the show Project Runway; I was responding as such strictly to the image of the man shown, who I'm sure is a perfectly sweet human being.

  • antcc

    carolyn hayne from ChironsDaughter said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn never fails to amaze me. Such a credit to the human race. Always inspiring and delightful. Great interview.

  • BotanicalBead

    Laura ✿ from BotanicalBead said 2 years ago

    Such an inspiration, thank you Tim.

  • thewildasins

    Nicole and Aaron Wildasin from LiveBeautifullyBody said 2 years ago

    We loved this interview! Huge fans of Project Runway and Tim's one of the main reasons - love him! Such a great, all around human being and so personal with everyone he meets. He doesn't have that guard that so many of us have, he can let people in the first second he meets them. That is a very rare talent.

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  • dianafakhoury

    Diana Fakhoury from dianafakhoury said 2 years ago

    Very inspiring! I will be thinking of his words as I work today. Thank you Tim, and thank you Etsy for the interview!

  • ShoreMemoriesinGlass

    Marcie from TheOceanLocker said 2 years ago

    Tim, from my daughter and I, thanks for you being you. We feel less alone when we see others living their life with unity and love instead of hate and separation.

  • Themissingtagvintage

    Caroline and Brandon Matey from TheMissingTagVintage said 2 years ago

    Oh Marcie said it so well. ^^ Great and inspiring interview. Tim is the man.

  • janeeroberti

    Jane E Roberti from janeeroberti said 2 years ago

    TIm Gunn is the Man. Professional, warm and caring, and with an impeccable sense for good design. And Project Runway is a great show, all the better because of Tim's participation in it. I was a clothing designer for a number of years and saw how the show changed the culture-at-large's view of what it was to be a clothing designer. Before Project Runway people always thought that to be a clothing designer all you needed was to draw nice illustrations, no need for actual skills in sewing! After Project Runway we makers finally got more respect for our Craft. And thanks for clearing up the "craft" vs. "crafty" thing.

  • adakarinaaello

    Aura Lavender from CharoiteWind said 2 years ago

    I am so looking forward to Tim's "Craft, not Crafty!" Thank you Karen for a great article.

  • nadazaki

    Nadz from HouseofZada said 2 years ago

    What an awesome feature! I love him because he is very honest and real. He gives valuable and timeless advice that is very helpful no matter what craft any of the Etsy members are involved in.

  • BethGoobic

    Beth Goobic from BethGoobic said 2 years ago

    This was an excellent interview full of inspiring advice. Thank you.

  • CrystalsDesignMind

    Crystal from IKANDiiAccessories said 2 years ago

    Great article! its exciting to know that handmade is still respected and loved by people from all walks of life! Plus, Tim Gunn is always humble and that's why I love him! Once again, Great article!

  • charlestonweddingacc

    Ellie Griffin from CharlestonWeddingAcc said 2 years ago

    Love Tim Gunn - He's a wonderful person! The world could use more people like him!

  • thebeadgirl

    lisa lehmann from thebeadgirl said 2 years ago

    this is wonderful. thank you for the interview and thank you tim for your video message. the future is very very bright.

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  • PorterFig

    PorterFig from PorterFig said 2 years ago

    Great interview. Thanks! :)

  • CreationsBySallyLynn

    Sally Beardsley from CreationsBySallyLynn said 2 years ago

    Another Tim Gunn admirer here! Loved the interview!! I am glad that Project Runway gave him the authority to "Save" a designer this season. Sometimes they let a designer go way before they should. Earlier you asked, "Would you like to see Etsy on Project Runway? What do you think the challenge should be?" First answer is YES!! That would be great to watch! And Second, I have to agree with Sally Blosser's first idea above: "The designers must choose their accessories from Etsy Shops and design an outfit around them." Please let us know if Project Runway is going to do an Etsy challenge...we would all love to watch that episode! =)

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 2 years ago

    Thank you, this was encouraging.

  • janeeroberti

    Jane E Roberti from janeeroberti said 2 years ago

    I got accessories and jewelry for Project Etsy/Runway if you want it!

  • upwardspiralgallery

    Joan Merriman from UpwardSpiralGallery said 2 years ago

    Mr. Gunn, I love what you do, but moreover, who you are as a person. Etsy has been a great inspiration for me and I am learning how to better collaborate with the community that I have found here with to make my teeny shop into a reality. Sometimes even if your not sure what your doing, you just have to make a break for it and begin. Momentum builds, and then suddenly your living the dream! Thanks Etsy for this wonderful article! Joan

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    Phuong Quynh from SakuraZIPPERjewelry said 2 years ago

    He is so great in Project Runway. Wish he was here in Project Runway Vietnam but thing like that will never happen in my live.

  • jenniferadventures

    Jennifer Hales from BugAndBoy said 2 years ago

    I totally appreciate this even as an artist not a fashion designer. There is no such thing as working in a bubble, know your history, some of the best designers and artists in general acknowledge the past, and build on it in their work.

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique said 2 years ago

    I would watch that episode if it gets made!

  • simpleeluxx

    Ivonne from heatherhazelcouture said 2 years ago

    Tim is awesome and inspirational. Love his work and motivational words. His words that an artist should always constructively critique their work definitely is something I'll keep in mind.

  • sarajmia

    Mia Čančarević from MikiMiaki said 2 years ago

    Great interview!

  • seacoastvintage

    Renee from seacoastvintage said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn makes me feel happy!!

  • candidly

    Kristina McKune from Candidly said 2 years ago

    I have recently been watching some older seasons of Project Runway at the same time that I am going down this road of being a small business owner and learning the do's and don't at Etsy. Watching how hard the designers work, and reading these inspiring words from Tim help on days when things are feeling particularly stagnant. Thanks for this post!

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    Taly Levi Tal Stoobik from TalStoobik said 2 years ago

    Shana Tova from Israel Tim

  • AMarigoldLife

    Lynn from AMarigoldLife said 2 years ago

    Loved this interview, so insightful....great info and encouraging to our whole Etsy community here! Thanks Tim!!!

  • baroquepearlny1

    Pearly White from BaroquePearlNYC said 2 years ago

    I am a huge Tim Gunn fan, I have watched all his shows and read his books, I love how he teaches, and I love his integrity, and his clearly enormous heart. If I ever run into him here in Manhattan I am unsure what kind of fan girl mess I might become. I am so happy he understands how valuable the Etsy Community is.

  • mmaticmarch

    M Matic from MMaticartist said 2 years ago

    Great interview.

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  • silverandash

    Lynne Harbaugh from SilverAndAsh said 2 years ago

    Thank you Tim. You brightened my day. You made a difference for everyone who reads this interview.

  • beckygray23

    Becky Gray said 2 years ago

    I love, love, love Project Runway, especially Tim Gunn, and Heidi Klum. My mother is 82 and we always remind each other the night Project Runway is on. Then, we compare notes. Tim is spot on regarding attitude, manner, respect for other's. Our tongue's can be the knife/scissor that cut. and once we make a cut in anything it can't be completely fixed! The Drapery Lady, Memphis, TN

  • tiggycat

    Christi Wilson from NittanyMountain said 2 years ago

    I love watching Project Runway, the creative process is so interesting. I also think Tim gives good sound advise to the designers on the show, and sets a great example. I find it amazing how fast the designers come up with their ideas and bring it to life under pressure. I don't think I could do that but I admire those who do. Thanks for doing this interview.

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    Ms. Page from EvilMomStudio said 2 years ago

    Having gone to design school myself I LUST after this show. I have great admiration for those who stick it out, work hard, are open to new ideas and change, and really take to heart the advise Tim offers them. As designers sometimes we get so caught up in the tiny details of what we are doing we forget to stand back to see what big picture we are creating. Wonderful interview!!

  • thegypsygoat

    Jill Opelka from thegypsygoat said 2 years ago

    Ditto on bringing back the garment district and Made locally Tim! Thank you! Jill

  • jannecmiglian

    Janne Clement Miglian said 2 years ago

    J'adore Tim Gunn--what a magnificent human! I am a huge fan of Project Runway and Heidi Klum--her drive and energy is awe-inspiring. I used to sew when I was a teenager and thought about tailoring classes, but a ballet career left little extra time. Years later, I am so inspired by the PR designers and their creative output. I fondly remember the Mother-daughter matching dresses my Mom used to make for us. That's considered corney by today's standards, but it was fun when I was a little girl! I used to make outfits out of scrap fabric for my barbie dolls. Now, I just dress up and love it.

  • SusieBOriginals

    Susie B from SusieBOriginals said 2 years ago

    Wonder what he thinks of etsy now?

  • hannashandcrafts

    Hannas Handcrafts from HannasHandcrafts said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is the best thing that ever happened to project runway. I really was upset when the wishy washy judges let Gretchen win... I hated Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and then Heidi was turned around by them to choose someone she didn't want to. It saddened me to see this. I stopped watching it til I saw that Mondo was going to be back on for the all stars. Now I have just poked my head into the current season and pleased to see that Kors was gone and Nina isn't so mean with Tim there. Heidi still seems a little indecisive but, to see Tim Gun makes me Happy!

  • hannashandcrafts

    Hannas Handcrafts from HannasHandcrafts said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is quite inspirational and emotional and I love that about him. He appears more sincere than all the rest.

  • marthagalan

    Martha Galan from SouthShoreArt said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn is awesome and the show would not be where it is today without him! I love you Tim Gunn!

  • MalibuJewel

    Candace from MalibuJewel said 2 years ago

    Tim Gunn, your role on Project Runway has been vital to the success of the show over the years and you have endeared yourself to so many of us. I am a huge fan and never miss an episode.

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns from RouDesigns said 2 years ago

    A BIG THANK YOU to Tim Gunn and Karen Brown for a terrific interview!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 1 year ago

    So inspiring!

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