We finally have more information on the new crafting competition show from Parks & Rec co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, including who the judges are.
Making It (previously The Handmade Project) was announced by NBC earlier this year at the network’s upfront presentation, when they picked up the series for six episodes next season. The reality competition show is produced by Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions, and will star Offerman and Poehler as co-hosts.
Today, Refinery29 reported that Barneys creative ambassador Simon Doonan and Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson have signed on as judges:
“We’ve assembled a judging team of bonafide authorities with Simon and Dayna. They complement each other wonderfully – Simon’s breadth of experience on crafting’s cultural influence, is a perfect combination with Dayna’s institutional knowledge of what everyday Americans are making and buying,” says Meredith Ahr, the president of Universal Television Alternative Studio.
Sort of like the Project Runway for crafters, the description on NBC details how the show will work: “Each episode of the competition will consist of two projects that allow the makers to demonstrate their specialized talent, while sharing skilled insights and touching personal stories. First, the ‘faster-craft’ round will be a timed challenge that will test their ability to not only work quickly but imaginatively as well. Next, the makers will move to the ‘master craft collection,’ a one-of-a-kind themed challenge in which the competitors will need to use their expertise and get inventive in order to assemble a winning craft that fits the theme of that week.”
“I am in awe of anyone who can make beautiful things with their hands,” says Poehler. “Simon and Dayna are such experts in the makerspace, I am thrilled that they are judging and that Nick and I get to host and watch the process.”
See more about the show over on NBC.