True Tales of Fabulous Flops, Vol. 1: Series 1
Featuring Sherri Smith: Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design

Let's Face it: Failure is a part of life.  It is an essential part of creating, and an important thing to understand in any art & design education.  Everybody has had a project or idea go terribly wrong.  Even amazingly talented creators like Sherri Smith sometimes have epic fails that teach them something important about themselves and their creative practice.

It all began one night... in Colorado, when Sherri noticed she had a lot of cellophane strips she could weave something out of!

She formed a plan to weave the strips into a complicated form that would turn into a fantastic 3D form when turned inside-out.

So Sherri tirelessly wove, keeping each strip straight, until she successfully finished and pulled it off the loom.

BUT THEN-!  SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENED!

IT CAME ALIVE WITH STATIC ELECTRICITY...  IT ATTRACTED COLORADO DUST...  WHICH MADE IT LOOK EXACTLY LIKE A BAG OF GRAIN!

WELL, SHOOT!  It was a failure; an abundance of static electricity and poor planning made this project a bust.

So, what did she learn from this?

Sherri learned that she should have tested her material in a small sample first.  If she had, she would have known that static electricity, dust and cellophane don't mix -- saving her lots of time and effort.  After that, Sherri always did small tests first when weaving with a new material.  (and she never wove with cellophane again!)

IS YOUR PROJECT THE WORST?  Test materials first!

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