Hey people. More victory from the jaws of defeat today. All of the pieces I brought to Seasons (gallery) last week were pieces that had given me trouble. They were ideas I'd had and projects I'd begun that major things had gone wrong with; basically in one way or another they had been ruined. In some cases it took me a while to see past what hadn't worked. That is the skill that failure teaches us I think: the ability to move on from what our expectation had been; to clear the slate and move forward.
This is just a small piece that can sit on a shelf or hang on a wall. It began its life as a water heater. When i got a hold of it I attempted to make a vessel out of it. I can't even remember why I didn't like it, but it didn't work out and this half of it languished in my scrap pile for years. I happened on it digging around for something and suddenly it looked really beautiful to me. Probably because I'd forgotten what my initial idea was, it no longer looked like a failure to me. So I made this out of it.
This technique opens up a whole new world of possibilities I'd never have found if not for some pretty big setbacks.
Look, when plans go to poo there is no denying that sucks. But try to remember-- dissatifaction can be a valuable driver. No one ever made any big move out of complacency. And the ability to jump tracks and ferret out a win is a learned skill. Of course you don't magically hop from failure straight into success every time, but continuing to move forward will get you way better results than giving up.
"There are no *bad* experiences," a saying goes, "You either succeed or you learn something."